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Graduate Requirements for International Applicants

  • Graduate Admission Requirements for International Students

    The International Studies Office will assist international applicants with the application process. International graduate students must meet general and departmental requirements for matriculation into an NJCU degree program. Thus, an international graduate applicant seeking F-1 status must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Studies:

    • An application for admission to graduate studies including a $55 non-refundable application fee. (Check or money order payable to “NJCU.”)
    • A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to a degree program.
    • A passport-size photograph. (Approximately 2’’x2’’ with applicant’s name on back.)
    • Two official copies of all U.S. transcripts. Transcripts from schools other than U.S. ones must be evaluated (course-by-course with final GPA.)
    • Evaluation of transcripts by World Education Services, Inc., P.O. Box 745, Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745, showing achievement comparable to a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75.
    • Sealed official copy of appropriate program test scores (GRE, MAT, or GMAT.)
    • Official scores of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to include the Test of Written English (TWE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum TOEFL score is 500 for the paper test or 60 for the Internet-based test. The minimum IELTS band score is 5.5.
    • Completed “Request for Matriculation” form.
    • Two recommendation letters, preferably from previous instructors.
    • Other required standardized test scores as specified.
    • An original notarized statement from the parent, guardian, or other sponsor guaranteeing financial support as required.
    • Copy of immunization records.
    • Photocopies of all current or previous I-20s, I-94s, passports and Employment Authorization Card (EAC).
    • Applicants currently attending another U.S. institution of higher education must also submit a transfer authorization from that school upon acceptance to NJCU.

    A downloadable version of the application instructions is available here.

    International students should also review the information available at the International Studies Office.

    Program-Specific Requirements

    • Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting or Master of Science in Finance program must have a course-by-course evaluation of undergraduate work conducted by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), showing achievement comparable to a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75.
    • A professional resume is required for: accounting, criminal justice, finance, health science, and professional security studies.
    • Applicants for art or music programs should see additional application requirements (portfolio or audition.)

    USCIS Regulations

    While studying at NJCU, it is expected that a student with F-1 status will comply, at all times, with the requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Only upon official acceptance into a graduate degree program and receipt of an official, notarized affidavit of financial support will the applicant be issued the United States INS Form I-20 AB. Following the completion of 12 credits, the student's academic record will be reviewed and only those students wmaintaining an average of “B” or better will be permitted to continue a program of study.

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