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Graduate Student International Admission

Requirements for graduate international students seeking admission to a graduate program are listed below. Requirements should be submitted for fall semester by June 1 (classes begin at the end of August) and for spring semester by November 1 (classes begin in early January).


The following is required for admission (more specific information on each of these items is provided below):

  1. Completed application for graduate admission and all supporting documentation
  2. $25 USD Application fee
  3. Transfer or release form
  4. A course by course transcript evaluation
  5. Proof of English language proficiency
  6. Evidence of adequate financial resources

Specific Requirement Information:

Graduate school application

$25 USD Application fee

Transfer or release form
International students who are currently attending a college or university in the United States will be required to provide a release or transfer from the last institution attended in the United States.

A course by course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Nursing students only may also use Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). The evaluation should show the student has achieved the equivalent of at least a Bachelor's degree (see program specific requirements below under Additional Requirements) and meets the U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum requirement of 2.75 for the MBA, MOL, MSN, MED and MA Theology Programs and minimum of 3.0 for the NAP Program.

Student must request to have a copy of official transcripts (in a sealed official envelope) in native language sent to the Lourdes Graduate School Admissions office and a copy sent to either WES, ECE, or CGFNS for evaluation in English at the expense of the student.

Proof of English language proficiency
Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. Satisfactory TOEFL scores are a minimum 550 for the paper based exam, 213 for the computer based exam or 79-80 for the internet based exam for applicants whom English is a second language. The institution code for Lourdes University is 1247. Official scores need to be sent to Lourdes University directly from the testing center which administered the test.

International applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

  • Education is from an English secondary or postsecondary institution in the following countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (not Quebec), Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Granada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariannas, Papua-New Guinea, St. Christopher Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Swazi-land, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
  • Graduated from a secondary school in the United States.
  • Completed 24 semester hours of college-level coursework from an accredited college/university in the United States with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. (3.0 for NAP program) Must provide official transcript.
  • Achieved ESL certification at or above the advanced level at a regionally accredited university/college in the United States. Student must provide a copy of the ESL certification

Evidence of adequate financial resources for the first year of studies applicable toward the total college costs of completing the bachelor’s degree at Lourdes University. Please fill out and submit the Certification of Finances Form.

Return the form, along with a bank statement showing a balance of at least the cost of an academic year (two semesters) of tuition, books, food, housing, and transportation to your DSO. See more information about Lourdes Tuition and Fees.

International student applicants will be considered for admission as soon as the application process has been completed. All admission materials must be submitted before an admissions decision can be made.  Upon satisfactory verification, a letter of admission will be sent to the student.

Next steps for admitted international students:

The Designated School Official (DSO) will issue a Form I-20
The Form I-20 will be sent to the address provided by the student. This form must remain in the students’ possession for travel to Lourdes University and for any travel to and from the student’s home country.

Student must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee:
All international students must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee which is approximately $200 US.
**Please note that the payment amount may differ according to your specific visa type. This fee can be paid at SEVIS I-901 Fee processing.

Student must apply for a Visa to travel to the United States:
The student will want to go to a designated U.S. Embassy or Consulate with the completed I-20 form issued by Lourdes University to apply for an F-1 Student visa. Be prepared for the visa interview. Explain why you want to study in the United States, how you plan to support yourself while in school, and what your plans are when your studies are finished.

Upon receipt of the student visa and subsequent I-94 (arrival/departure document) student must provide a copy to the DSO.

Student must enroll in a full course of study within 30 days of arriving in the United States.

Student must obtain health insurance (this is not a requirement for admission).

International students must visit their DSO whenever travel is planned or if the student is planning on making  any changes to the existing plan of study.  International students must maintain a “full course of study” and not drop below full-time status.  If any issues arise, it is imperative that the DSO is notified.

For more information on Studying in the US go to: and click the Launch button.

For Lourdes University Graduate International Admissions questions please contact Tara Hanna, PDSO by email or phone at 1-419-517-8908

Additional Graduate School Requirements

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Candidates must have a Bachelor's in Business for the 36 hour option. Students who do not have a Business background may have to take up to 18 credit hours in foundational courses. In addition to the requirements listed above, please go to MBA Admissions

Master of Arts in Theology
Candidates must meet program pre-requisites. For more information, please view the MA Theology Admissions Brochure

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Candidates must have a current nursing license. In addition to the requirements listed above, please view the MSN Admissions Brochure

Nurse Anesthetist Program - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (NAP-CRNA) Program
Candidates must meet the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement and have a valid nursing license. In addition to the requirements listed above, please view the NAP Admissions Brochure

Master of Education (MED)
Candidates must have a valid teaching license. The MED does not offer licensure. In addition to the requirements listed above, please go to MED Admissions

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Email Graduate Admissions

Melissa Bergfeld
Admissions Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-878-3210, ext. 3517

Tara Hanna
Director of Graduate Admissions
Toll Free: 800-878-3210 ext. 8908

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