International Graduate Requirements
Admission Requirements for International Students Seeking Master's or Doctoral Degrees
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 credit hours, and conferral of degree(s), if available. Applicants from India should submit their individual semester mark sheets. 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 record of 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/attested/or certified academic records as above, with the credit award being done with course descriptions/syllabi in view. When not readily available online, students may be requested to provide official course descriptions showing exact course numbers and names. Student-generated descriptions are not accepted. Course descriptions 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.
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 bona fide translating agency in the applicant’s country or in the U.S.
Most of our accepted applicants have at least 80 on TOEFL, 6.5 on IELTS, or 95 on Duolingo. If you have taken another English test (iTEP, PTE, etc.), please submit the scores and we would be happy to review them. Students whose score is insufficient may still apply for Conditional Admission. Explore other ways to show proof of English Language Proficiency.
Provide two letters of recommendation in English. These letters may be submitted online, or 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.
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.
Submit a resume or C.V. reflecting academic and work experience. Students with no work experience may still apply.
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 showing their entry stamp and copies of all I-20s received. Applicants planning to bring dependents should also submit copies of those dependents’ passports, visas, I-20s, birth certificates, and marriage licenses as well.
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 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
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 from an accredited institution in the US or Canada. If other undergraduate (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact a NACES approved accredited academic evaluating service for more information (ECE or WES are preferred).
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. 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.
Graduate Engineering Programs
In certain cases, the GRE can be waived based on previous academic performance. After submitting your application and all other required documents, you may be admitted without the GRE or our admissions staff will contact you if the GRE is required for a decision.
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.
Graduate Nutrition (Online only)
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 a NACES approved accredited academic evaluating service for more information (ECE or WES are preferred).