Admission Requirements for International Students Seeking Master’s or Doctoral Degrees
1. A completed International Student application and application fee
The non-refundable application fee of $50.00 for International Students – by bank check, money order, or online – should be drawn from a U.S. Bank and made payable to the University of Bridgeport. Please DO NOT SEND CASH. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.
Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee admission.
2. A current passport copy
Applicants currently in the United States planning to transfer their SEVIS record to the University of Bridgeport must also submit a copy of their Visa and I-94/entry stamp and copies of all I-20s received. Applicants planning to bring dependents should also submit copies of their passports/visas/I-20s as well.
3. A resume or C.V.
Submit a resume or C.V. reflecting academic and work experience. Students with no work experience may still apply.
4. A personal statement or essay
Submit an original personal statement/essay (250-500 words) CLEARLY explaining why the particular academic program was chosen, what the degree will do for the applicant’s personal and career development, and how such a degree will help them achieve future goals and aspirations. Include professional plans for after the program is completed.
5. At least 2 letters of recommendation
Provide two letters of recommendation in English. These letters must come in a sealed envelope from professors or employers who can attest to the applicant’s attainments and potential for success at the graduate level. No special form is required.
6. Academic records
Submit official/notarized/certified/or attested copies of ALL post-secondary school (university/college) records with a proof of graduation, if available. This includes mark sheets, academic transcripts, final examination results, diplomas, and degree certificates from every college or university attended showing course work, grades, number of course hours, and conferral of degree(s), if available. Applicants from India should submit their individual mark sheets and academic transcripts. Failure to provide all academic records may result in denial of admission, admission and scholarship revocation, and/or refusal of transfer credit.
For applicants who have not yet received their Bachelor’s degree certificate/diploma
Please provide a year-to-date official/notarized/certified/or attested mark sheets, academic transcripts and a letter (or a provisional degree certificate) from the college/university stating the anticipated graduation date. In other words, evidence that the applicant has completed, or is in the process of completing, a university-level degree program must be provided.
For applicants wishing to receive transfer credit
Students wishing to receive transfer credit must submit official notarized/certified/or attested course descriptions or syllabi with exact course names and numbers, for all post-secondary (university/college) academic work attempted so that it may be evaluated for possible transfer of credit. Student-generated course descriptions are not acceptable. This may be submitted after notice of admission, but must be done before registering for classes. Transfer credit is offered at the discretion of the faculty, and is not always awarded. No more than 6 credits may be transferred to graduate-level programs.
For applicants submitting non-English academic records
Submit word-for-word notarized/certified/or attested English translations in the same format as the official document if the official document is not in English. It is important that everything on the official document be translated. Translations must be done by a bon afide translating agency in the applicant’s country or in the U.S.
7. Proof of English proficiency
All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing a TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5. Students who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score or whose score is insufficient may still apply for Conditional Admission. For more information on TOEFL, please go to www.toefl.org. The University of Bridgeport School Code for TOEFL is 3914. For other ways to show proof of English Language Proficiency, click here.
For Applicants seeking Conditional Admission
Students who do not provide proof of English language proficiency prior to registration will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If the ELAB is passed at a satisfactory level, students may begin academic classes. If not, the student will be required to attend the University’s English Language Institute (ELI) until proficiency is reached.
8. Proof of funding
USCIS requires that students on F1 Visas show proof of funding for a full academic year. Applicants should submit an original or color-scanned bank statement showing readily accessible, liquid assets. If the account is not in the applicant’s name, please complete and submit the Financial Statement for International Students Form (FSIS). The bank statement must be of recent date of issue, no more than 6 months old, in English, and it must be in the same name as the sponsor. If being sponsored by a government or company, please submit a letter of financial guarantee with the FSIS form.
Additional Requirements by Program
Below is a list of additional items typically required for various programs. Please contact your counselor for the most up-to-date requirements.
Graduate Business Programs
All MBA applicants must secure a minimum GMAT score of 400 for admission consideration. Students with outstanding academic performance or significant work experience may be considered for a waiver of the GMAT exam. Work experience should be demonstrated adequately in a Resume or CV with references to be submitted during the admissions process. All non-native English applicants are required to submit proof of English Language proficiency. Students who present test scores that do not meet minimum English language requirements for direct admission to an academic program may be considered for conditional admission. Students with three-year Bachelor degrees from Indian institutions with a NAAC “A” rating in B.Com. and B.B.A. may apply to the MBA program. Evidence of professional awards and certifications is highly recommended, but not required.
Graduate Dental Hygiene (Online only)
Students applying for the online M.S. Dental Hygiene must have a Dental Hygiene license or certification and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. If post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service for more information (ECE or WES are preferred).
Note: This program only offered online to International Students.
Graduate Design Programs
Students applying for the MPS in Design Management should submit a portfolio in .pdf format. The portfolio is desirable to evaluate the student’s abilities in art or design and may include a variety of drawings, colored illustrations of interior spaces, photography, ceramic work, hand work, or computer renderings
Graduate Education Programs
If post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service for more information (www.wes.org). A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (IBT) is required for the M.S. or Ed.D. in Education. Conditional Admission is not offered for this program.
Students who are currently residing in the United States must also take the PRAXIS I examination and submit the score with the application. Please visit http://www.ets.org/praxis for more information.
The program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) requires test results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For more information on GRE, please visit www.ets.org. For information on the MAT, please click here.
Graduate Engineering Programs
GRE requirements vary by program of study. For specific details, please contact the Office of International admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Health Science Programs
If post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service for more information (www.wes.org).
Graduate Nutrition (Online only)
Students applying for the online M.S. in Human Nutrition must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or better: Basic Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, and Introduction to Biochemistry.
Students who have not completed the above-mentioned prerequisites will not be admitted into the Human Nutrition program.
Students may complete the above-mentioned prerequisites at a recognized university/college in their home country.
Note: The on-campus MS in Human Nutrition is not available to international students.
Individual program deadlines may vary.
July 15 is the last date to receive completed applications for the fall semester which begins in August.
December 1 is the last date to receive completed applications for the spring semester which begins mid-January.
It is highly recommended that applicants apply and submit ALL the above documents at least one month before the deadlines.
Any applications received after the deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next semester.
Mailing Your Documents
Please mail ALL the above-mentioned documents as soon as possible, but no later than the application deadline, to the address below. We recommend using a special courier such as FEDEX, DHL, or UPS:
University of Bridgeport
Office of International Admissions
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA
Application Processing Time
Applications typically take 3-4 weeks from the date the application is received. Processing time may be extended if certain required documents are missing. Therefore, we recommend that ALL of the above-mentioned documents are sent in one package/envelope to avoid any unnecessary delays.