International Applicant Requirements

In addition to all of the other application requirements listed, international applicants to the Schar School graduate programs must submit the following credentials:

Minimum score requirements effective fall 2023


PhD Applicant

Master’s & Certificate Applicant

IELTS (Academic Test)

7.0 overall, 6.5 subscore in all sections

7.0 overall, 6.5 subscore in all sections


100 overall, 23 subscore in all sections

88 overall, 20 subscore in all sections

Pearson Test of English



Duolingo English Test 120 120

English Assessment Policy

The English language proficiency test will be waived for an applicant whose highest degree(s) was conferred in one of the waiver-eligible countries listed below. All other applicants will be required to submit official English language proficiency exams scores.

As part of the application review process for admission consideration, we will assess an applicant’s English language proficiency. Based on the results of this assessment, students may be required to complete additional English language coursework.

For more information about international student resources, please visit the Office of International Programs and Services.

Waiver-Eligible Countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Helena
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe