Prospective International Students
I am not a U.S. citizen. Should I complete the International Student Application for Graduate Admission?
The International Student Application for Graduate Admission is for persons in a nonimmigrant visa status (if currently in the U.S.) and for those who are seeking to enter the U.S. as F-1 or J-1 students or in any other nonimmigrant status. Persons who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents or who are in refugee or political asylum status (or who have applications for one of these statuses pending), regardless of where they have completed their education, should refer to the domestic graduate student application procedures.
How can I check the status of my application? Can I check it on-line?
Miami University does not presently have an on-line application status check system for its graduate applicants. As an international student, you may check the status of your application by contacting the Graduate School directly at email@example.com. The Graduate School will then provide you with up-to-date information about the status of your application and may refer you to the program to which you have applied for more detailed information, if necessary.
How can I be considered for a graduate assistantship or other financial assistance from Miami University? Are additional application forms required for this?
The Graduate School does not require that international students submit forms in addition to the application for admission in order to be considered for financial assistance. However, some departments may require additional information and documentation for assistantship consideration. Therefore, check with your program of interest to determine what documents must be submitted in order to be considered for a graduate assistantship. All international students who are offered admission but who are not offered an assistantship are automatically considered for an international Grant-in-Aid (tuition waiver) award. No separate application is required for this. However, students need to be able to indicate and document the availability of funding to pay for educational costs which the Grant does not cover before receiving this award. More detailed information about current costs and financial assistance is available in the Admissions section under "Fees and Financial Aid".
I am applying for a graduate assistantship. Do I still need to complete the International Graduate Student Financial Statement form?
Miami University requires that its international applicants submit a completed International Graduate Student Financial Statement form as part of their applications for admission. Applications that are submitted without this form are considered incomplete. On this form, students are asked to list the realistic amount of funds that they have available for their education, even if the amount is zero. Supporting bank documentation verifying the availability of any funds listed should also be submitted. No bank documentation is required of students who indicate that they have zero available funds. If you require and/or desire full financial support from Miami University, you may complete this form by indicating that you have zero available funds. This is acceptable and many of our international applicants do this. Completing the form will not have a negative effect on your chances for admission to Miami.
The language of instruction where I completed my Bachelor's degree was English. Do I still need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score with my application?
Miami University requires that its international students provide proof of English language proficiency as part of their applications for admission. While this is typically done by submitting a valid TOEFL or IELTS score, students who have earned a Bachelor's or graduate degree from universities in the U.S. or other approved countries where English is the language of instruction are exempt from this requirement. A listing of the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements (as well as other acceptable alternatives to these tests) along with a list of approved countries which allow for a waiver of our English proficiency test requirement can be found on our website in the Admissions section under "Language Proficiency".
What are the minimum test scores that are required for admission?
The Graduate School requires that its international students provide proof of English language proficiency as part of their applications for admission. This is typically done by submitting a valid TOEFL or IELTS score. A listing of the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements (as well as acceptable alternatives to these tests) along with a list of approved countries which allow for a waiver of our English proficiency test requirement can be found on our website in the Admissions section under "Language Proficiency". The GRE, GMAT or MAT may be required by individual departments or programs. Most programs do not have a specific minimum score that students must obtain in order to be considered for admission. Instead, test scores are viewed as one factor in the context of a student's overall application file. These tests are departmental rather than Graduate School requirements, contact your program of interest for more information about minimum or average GRE, GMAT or MAT test scores for admitted students.
What is the minimum grade point average (g.p.a.) that is required for admission into the Graduate School?
The Graduate School requires that international students have a minimum equivalent overall U.S. grade point average of 2.7 (out of 4.0) or a minimum equivalent upper division U.S. grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) for admission consideration. Please note that these represent minimum Graduate School requirements and some departments and programs may have higher requirements for admission consideration. If you were educated outside of the United States, an equivalent U.S. grade point average will be calculated for you as part of the application review process. While foreign credential evaluations from third party credential evaluation services may be helpful, they are not required and are not used by the Graduate School in determining your equivalent U.S. grade point average.
Is conditional admission offered?
The Graduate School considers international students for conditional admission pending their submission of acceptable proof of English language proficiency upon request on a case-by-case basis. As the decision to conditionally admit an international student is ultimately made by the academic program, you may wish to inquire about the possibilities of conditional admission directly with your program of interest. Not all programs may consider students for conditional admission.
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