International Graduate

International Graduate

Welcome to Marshall University!

We enroll more than 14,000 students (10,000 undergraduate plus 4,000 graduate/medical and professional students), including about 500 international students from more than 60 countries.

Marshall University is an outstanding choice for graduate programs for international students, offering top faculty, an excellent learning environment, and a welcoming campus community.

If you wish to earn your graduate degree in the United States at Marshall University, you can apply to be an international student at Marshall. (To review other types of students who can apply to Marshall, please visit our Admissions page.)

In general, an international student is a student who requires or possesses a visa to live or study in the United States. Marshall University is authorized to enroll F-1 and J-1 international students.

To guide you through the admissions process to apply to Marshall University, it’s important for you to identify your student type. International graduate students include the following:

Check below for our definitions of various graduate international student types. Then click on your student type for more information to follow the appropriate steps to apply for admission to Marshall University. If you’re an international undergraduate student, please review our international undergraduate student page or if you’re a traditional graduate student you can review our graduate student page.

If you need more help, please contact the Office of Admissions. Let’s get started!

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Degree-Seeking and Certificate/Professional Development
Degree-Seeking and Certificate/Professional Development
Marshall University recognizes two types of first-time international graduate students:
A degree-seeking international graduate student is an international student who enrolls at Marshall University with the intention of earning a degree in a graduate-level program.
A certificate/professional development graduate student is an international student who enrolls in a graduate-level certificate/licensure or other program that requires the completion of a specified sequence of courses, but who is not pursuing a graduate degree.
International graduate students can find details about applying and getting started as an MU graduate student with the following information:
To apply for admission to Marshall, get started with your Admissions Checklist
If you’ve been accepted, review the Admitted Student Checklist
Non-Degree: Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's Students
Non-Degree: Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's Students
An international non-degree (post-baccalaureate and post-master’s) graduate student is an international student who wishes to enroll in Marshall University graduate courses without earning a graduate degree.
To apply for admission to Marshall, get started with your Admissions Checklist
If you’ve been accepted, review the Admitted Student Checklist

General Information for International Graduate Students

Admission Requirements

  • Equivalent of U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accepted, accredited institution (via NACES member credential evaluation report) See below for details.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (some programs may require higher GPA)
  • Graduate admission exams and additional items may be required for some programs
  • Proof of English proficiency (80 TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, 105 Duolingo)

Application Deadlines

International applicants must submit ALL required documents by the following deadlines to be considered for admission:

  • Spring Semester – October 15
  • Summer semester – March 15
  • Fall semester – June 15

View the Marshall University Academic Calendar for more important dates

Application Process

  1. Submit the International Application for Graduate Admission. Currently, application fees for degree-seeking programs are waived for international applicants. 
  2. Request all official, required admission items listed on the application portal to be sent directly to the Office of International Admissions. See Official Credential Policy.
  3. If you would like to grant information access to a representative, friend, or family member, complete the Student Information Access Form.
  4. If a representative is assisting with the application process, submit the Application Cover Sheet.
  5. Once all requested credentials are received, wait for an admission decision. Decision letters will be sent to the student email address provided on the application.

Official Credential Policy

Official credentials are received by the Marshall University Office of International Admissions directly from the issuing examination board or records office. Student copies of transcripts, evaluations, faxed copies of college transcripts, or credentials issued to any party other than Marshall University are not considered official.

Official documents may be mailed to the following address:

Official of International Admissions
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV

After Admission

Once the application, and all requested credentials are received, an admission decision will be made within 2-3 business days. Students will receive email notification of the admission decision with any additional steps for full admission and receiving a Form I-20 or DS-2019. To receive an I-20, students must submit all required admission materials, proof of financial support, and a copy of the passport. Additional documents may be requested for students requesting Forms I-20 for dependents or transferring a SEVIS record to Marshall University. 

View the Form I-20 Checklist for more information.

To learn more about the enrollment process, orientation, check-in and arrival, please visit Newly Admitted Students and the International Enrollment Checklist.