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Online applications are the preferred method for applying to graduate study at the University of San Diego. Use the Apply Now link for a full list of program applications. Note that certain programs may have additional requirements. Please reference the department Web site for specific admission criteria.

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International applicants must make sure all of the following materials are sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions for their application to be reviewed:


1. The completed application for Graduate Admission. Please be consistent in your name and underline the family name that you use.

2. The application fee of $45, ($80 for School of Business programs). If writing a check, the check should be made payable to the University of San Diego.

3. Transcript Evaluation is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A Course-by-Course Report from WES or one of the following agencies must be submitted with your application. Once all required documentation has been submitted to WES, an evaluation can take as little as seven days.

World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274, U.S.A.
www.wes.org

Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
www.ece.org/

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231 USA
www.ierf.org/

4. TOEFL or IELTS is required for all international applicants. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory and can only be waived if English is your primary language or you have obtained a bachelor degree from the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia. Other exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL/TSE Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Phone: (609) 771-7100, Fax: (609) 771-7500
http://www.toefl.org

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
IELTS International
825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 112
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Phone: (323) 255-2771
http://www.ielts.org

5. Letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant's scholarly work or from professional supervisors who have had experience in a graduate program and who can provide information regarding the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student. Two professional letters of recommendation are required for programs within the School of Business and certain programs within the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Please refer to the department web pages for specific information.

6. Current resume.

7. Personal statement or statements. Certain programs require specific topics to be discussed in the personal statement and some programs require more than one statement. Be sure to check the department Web site for specifics. Most programs require that your statement of purpose succinctly explain your motivation for pursuing the degree, your future career plans, and why you believe USD is a good fit for you.

Marine Science applicants must address their specific research interests and its compatibility with the expertise of the Marine Science core and adjunct faculty. Information about those areas of expertise can be found on the Marine Science graduate faculty page.

Master of Business Administration applicants are required to submit a personal statement, value proposition and social responsibility statement.

Specialization in Montessori Education applicants must answer the following questions in their personal statement: Why are you interested in Montessori Education? How do you intend to use your Montessori Training?

Non Profit Leadership and Management applicants must write a 500 word essay answering the question: What do you believe are the greatest challenges facing the nonprofit sector (either locally or nationally) and how will what you learn in this program help you effectuate change in those areas?

8. Standardized admission test scores when required by department.

Please send all application materials to:

University of San Diego
Office of Graduate Admissions
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: (619) 260-4524, Fax (619) 260-4158