Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are subject to additional application requirements.
Submit proof of a degree that is equivalent to the U.S. four-year bachelor degree. Academic credentials (or transcripts) should include a yearly listing of courses with grades/marks earned, as well as the degree earned. If available, the grading scale and student’s rank should be noted on the official credentials.
Notarized copies are acceptable, or the original document(s) may be brought to the Office of Graduate Services for review and copying. Documents must be in English or submitted with official translations either from the institution or a professional service.
The Office of Graduate services will make every attempt to evaluate your credentials for U.S. equivalency. If we cannot clearly determine equivalency, a professional evaluation will be requested. Please submit your documents well in advance of the deadline to allow time for evaluation. If the degree is not found to be equivalent you will not be able to continue the application process. If you have a course by course evaluation, you may submit this instead of your academic credentials. Evaluations may be obtained from any NACES accredited agency, such as World Education Services, Inc.
Who is required to submit scores?
International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit scores to determine English proficiency. Permanent residents of the United States who wish to be considered for an assistantship and whose native language is not English must also submit scores. Scores more than two years old are considered expired and may not be used.
What types of test scores can I submit?
English profiency is most commonly determined using TOEFL and IELTS test scores. For applicants located in Atlanta, a satisfactory score on the Admissions GSTEP or completion of level 5 of the Intensive English Program (both administered at Georgia State University) can replace the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Minimum scores to be admitted as a full-status graduate student are:
Minimum TOEFL: 79/80 iBT 550 pBT
Minimum IELTS: 6.5
Minimum Admissions GSTEP: Satisfactory
Georgia State also requires that all accepted international applicants demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Orientation GSTEP when they arrive on campus.
How should I submit scores?
Please use institution code 5251 when sending TOEFL scores from ETS. The IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) can be mailed to the Office of Graduate Services.
Exception: The TOEFL/IELTS is not required of applicants who have received an accredited bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution or of applicants whose mother tongue is English. To confirm if you qualify for this exception, please contact your Academic Advisor.
It is not necessary for international applicants to submit financial documents, including proof of support or bank statements, during the application process. If admitted, your acceptance letter will immediately be generated online, however you will be prevented from registering until cleared by the International Student Support Services (ISSS). ISSS will request the Georgia State University Financial Statement be completed and returned with supporting financial documents*. Your total support must demonstrate the minimum financial requirements have been met. Upon approval, your I-20 will be issued and the registration hold lifted.
*All supporting documents must be originals; not faxes or photocopies.
The College of Arts & Sciences maintains exchange programs with partner universities spanning the globe. Each exchange program is administered by a member of Georgia State University faculty, who works with international students to help them acclimate to the university and local community. International Programs staff member Ashley Mastin assists exchange students as they prepare to come to Georgia State University and the United States.