International Admission

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 Admissions

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

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.

Submit Your Application

International students must submit ALL required documents to be considered for admission.

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.

Mail to:
Marshall University
Graduate Admissions Office
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303-1600

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.

Provide Supporting Documents

  • Official Transcripts and Evaluations – Official final bachelor’s degree transcript and degree certificate must be sent 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 Office of Admissions by the registrar or equivalent office at the institution that you attend.
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency – 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. ETS code for Marshall University is #5396.
    • (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.
    • Successful completion of Academic Preparation II as part of Marshall University’s English Language Institute.
    • Successful completion of ENG 160 or ENG 101A with minimum grade C.
    • Completion of the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. post-secondary degree from an accepted, accredited institution in an approved country where the primary language is English.

    NOTE: Test results that were taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of the application submission cannot be accepted. Some programs require higher scores for admission to that program. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

  • Affidavit of Financial Support – 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 $38,959 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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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

Pay the Enrollment Deposit

A $2,000.00 USD enrollment deposit is required before any new student is permitted to register for classes, reserve housing, and receive their I-20.

Send All Application Materials to:
Marshall University
Graduate Admissions
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, West Virginia 25303-1600

If you have questions regarding any of the above material, please feel free to send an email to:

Application Deadlines

  • 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 Office of International Student Services.

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.