Admission of International Students (Graduate)

Marywood University is authorized under federal law to enroll foreign national students. An academic record of all college and university work previously completed will be required to secure admission to any field of study. Graduate students are admitted with the understanding that their work is subject to review and re-evaluation upon arrival. In some cases, additional undergraduate work will be required before acceptance as a regular matriculating graduate student.

The student should complete the application for admission, including references and official transcripts, and submit them to the Office of University Admissions. The applicant must also arrange to have the scores of any required tests, including the TOEFL or IELTS, sent directly to Marywood by the testing agency. All English Language Proficiency examinations must not be older than two years. All application materials should reach the Office of University Admissions at least three months in advance of the beginning of the term of anticipated enrollment to allow time for correspondence and the evaluation of the application. Translated, true copies should accompany original documents which are in a language other than English.

The student must submit forms documenting means for payment of tuition and fees. These forms must be returned to Marywood. Upon receipt of the deposit at Marywood, a U.S. Immigration I-20 form will be forwarded to the applicant.

New international students should contact the Office of University Admissions upon admission and the Office of International Affairs upon arrival in Scranton. All international students should feel free to consult the Office of University Admissions at any time concerning special problems.

The Registrar is the designated official relating to U.S. Immigration affairs. The Office of the Registrar is in the Liberal Arts Center.

International students should be aware of the following:

  1. Applications from students who live outside the United States should be received three months before the semester of desired first enrollment.
  2. Admission to graduate standing does not imply that any financial assistance will be given. Admission means only that the student may take graduate courses. Accordingly, to be admitted, a student must be able to prove financial support availability. Scholarships are available to international students; however they do not cover the full tuition costs.
  3. Full-time enrollment is required.
  4. To be informed about the student's competence in reading and writing English, the University requires that the student demonstrate mastery of the English language by performing satisfactorily on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey) or the International English Language Testing System. Normally TOEFL scores above 79 on the internet-based test or a band of 6.0 on the IELTS will be accepted as evidence of mastery. International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within the last two years. For students wishing to pursue the MS in Biotechnology a band of 6.5 on the IELTS or 81 on the TOEFLis required.
  5. Students are required to carry health insurance or purchase health insurance upon arrival to campus.