Marshall University is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to enroll non-immigrant visa students with F-1 or J-1 status.
International students must have a baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution or its equivalent. Degree must be comparable to a 4 year, US bachelor’s degree.
- Before Admission (see below)
- After Admission (click here)
1. Meet Admission Requirements
Applicants must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from the undergraduate degree granting institution. Many graduate degree programs require a higher minimum GPA. Review the admission requirements of the degree program you have selected to determine if you have met the requirements for admission. Degree requirements for every program are listed in the Graduate Catalog
2. Understand the Admission Process
The Office of Graduate Admissions will review your application to ensure that the application is complete and that you have met the minimum institutional requirements for admission. Your completed application and supporting materials are then sent to the degree program you selected on your application for a secondary evaluation and an admission decision.
3. Submit Your Application
International students must submit ALL required documents to be considered for admission.
Click here for instructions and applications
The application requires a $150 non-refundable application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card to Marshall University. Please note that this is a non-refundable fee and cannot be refunded in the event that you are not accepted or you do not get a student visa. All checks must have a 9-digit routing number. DO NOT SEND CASH.
102 Old Main
Huntington, West Virginia 25755
You can pay the $150 fee with a credit card by contacting Graduate Admissions at 1-800-642-9842. A 2.5% processing fee, per transaction, will be required to make payment by credit card. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted.
After we receive all of your application materials, your credentials will be evaluated and, if admissible, you will be sent a letter of admission and an I-20 form. The I-20 form is used to apply for a student visa (F-1) at an American embassy or consulate.
4. Provide Supporting Documents
Transcripts must be in the original language, accompanied by a certified English translation, and contain ALL college or university academic credits and grades. The transcripts must be sent directly to the Marshall University Admissions office by the Registrar or equivalent at institution that you attended.
Proof of your proficiency in English may be certified by submitting one of the following:
- (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet based) minimum score of 80 for graduate study.
- (MELAB) Michigan English Language Assessment Battery minimum score of 82 for graduate study.
- (IELTS) the International English Language Testing System minimum score of 6.5 for graduate study. ETS code for Marshall University is #5396
- Successful completion of the advanced level of INTO Marshall Academic English level 6 with no grades below B.
- Successful completion of INTO Marshall Pathway course ENG 160 or ENG 101A with minimum grade C.
- Diploma or degree from an English speaking school – a degree or diploma from an accepted accredited college or university in which the primary language of instruction for the entire institution is English.
- You have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.
NOTE: Test results that were taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of the application submission cannot be accepted. Some programs may require higher scores for admission.
Marshall University currently requires that the international student demonstrate proof of financial support to cover the tuition and living expenses for one (1) academic year (9 months). We estimate this amount to be $32,256 USD. (In some cases, a 50% deposit will be required in order to issue the I-20 form.)
Proof of financial support may be demonstrated in several ways:
a. An affidavit of financial support from a personal sponsor (parent, relative, friend, etc.) that has been certified by a U.S. bank or financial institution.
b. A scholarship agency (government, corporation, etc.) stating the availability of funds and the intention to support your educational and living expenses for the entire duration of study at Marshall University.
c. Personal funds, provided you submit documented evidence of a bank statement from a U.S. bank or financial institution or its affiliate in U.S. dollars (USD). A statement from your employer certifying that you have been granted study leave and salary support arrangements may also be acceptable.
5. Graduate Admission Examinations
Some programs will not consider applications without GRE, GMAT or other graduate admission test scores. Students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional requirements and application deadlines for specific programs. Admission to Marshall University does not guarantee admission to all programs.
ETS code for Marshall University is #5396
SEND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
102 Old Main
Huntington, West Virginia 25755
- June 15 – for students applying to the fall semester beginning in August
- October 15 – for students applying to the spring semester beginning in January
- March 15 – for students applying to the summer term
NOTE: Some programs may have application deadlines that are earlier than the ones provided above. In such cases you will need to meet the program’s deadline.
Finalize Your Plans
If admitted, you will receive a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form. The I-20 form is used to apply for a student visa (F-1), at an American Embassy or Consulate. We will also send a housing application and a form you can complete to notify us of your arrival. Additional pre-departure and orientation information is available at The Center for International Programs.
NOTE: For international applicants, Marshall University reserves the right to accept official credentials directly from a limited number of third party agencies that have been approved by the university. Additional or alternate admission credentials may be accepted at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Office depending on the applicant’s country of origin. Please contact Graduate Admissions for details regarding specific admission requirements for applicants from your country. If you are not able to attend the semester for which you applied, contact the Graduate Admissions Office and we will update your application term to the semester that you will be able to attend. Application materials will be acceptable for the next two terms, including summer terms. After that time period, a new application and documentation will be required.