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International Graduate

International graduate students at Columbus State must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from either a foreign or U.S. institution. Foreign degrees must be professionally evaluated to confirm U.S. equivalency.


Graduate School Requirements

Please review the specific graduate degree department page for additional requirements


Complete the online Graduate International application

Application Fee

A one-time $50 non-refundable application fee (not required for former CSU students)

Application Deadlines

Fall semester - June 1st

Spring Semester - November 1st

Summer Semester - May 1st

Transcript Evaluation

Provide a course by course professional evaluation of your foreign college credits. This evaluation must be completed by a NACES evaluator or Lisano International. We recommend using Josef Silney or World Education Services. College transcripts need to be evaluated course by course and must include a GPA calculation. Please contact the evaluator directly to see what they require to perform your evaluation. We must have an original document provided directly by the evaluation service sent to Columbus State. Transcripts from any U.S. College attended must also be provided.

Financial Guarantee

A completed financial guarantee form must be completed and supplemented with an original bank statement or letter stating the required amount is available. If the student has a sponsor the sponsor must provide a letter stating what expenses they are covering and must provide the required guarantee form and bank document. Bank documents must be original and be mailed to the university.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English (identified by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs) must provide evidence of English language proficiency. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:

Test Minimum Score Requirement
TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language 79 (internet based) or 213 (computer based)
IELTS - International English Language Testing System 6.5 Overall band score
MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment 90
SAT Critical Reading 440
ACT English 17
Cambridge CAE - Certificate of Advanced English 177 (old scale 58)
Cambridge CPE - Certificate of Proficiency in English PASS
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) - IGCSE and "O" Level English Exam D or higher
UK GCSE English Exam C or higher
UK GCE A-Level English Exam C or higher
EdExcel International A-levels and IGCSE English Exams D or higher
Pearson (PTE) Academic 58


Exceptions to the English proficiency requirement:

  • Applicants who have attended a U.S. College and have taken ENG1101 and 1102 with a passing grade of C or better.
  • Applicants holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Conditional Admission:

Columbus State University offers conditional admission to qualified applicants if the academic requirements for admission have been met, but there is insufficient English proficiency. To be eligible for Conditional admission, applicants must meet one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 4.5
  • TOEFL score of either 480 or better (paper test), 54 (Internet based test)

Conditionally admitted students will be required to take certain courses in the English Language Institute (ELI) and successfully meet minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirements before taking other courses at Columbus State University. A student may remain on conditional admission status for no more than three semesters.


All students must turn in a completed immunization form before registration for classes


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