September 21, 2023
Policy Updates

Notice: Admissions Requirements, International Students, Policy

The following policy has been implemented. Please see the CSU Student Handbook for more information.

Admission Requirements

International Students

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction are required to submit one of the following official test score prior to admission:

  • Undergraduate:  A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 61 on the Internet Based Test (iBT), a 6.0 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) or 44 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Score Report.
  • Master’s Degree:  A minimum score of 530 on the TOEFL PBT or 71 on the iBT, 6.5 on the IELTS or 50 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
  • Doctoral Degree:  A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL PBT or 80 on the iBT, a 6.5 on the IELTS or 58 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
  • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS English as a Second Language Placement Test;
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the EIKEN ENGLISH PROFICIENCY EXAM;
  • A minimum B1 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge (B2 required effective January 1,2014);
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” or higher at an appropriately accredited/recognized college or university where the language of instruction is English; “B” or higher for Master’s or Doctoral Degree;
  • A transcript indicating a grade of “C” or higher in a 3 semester hour English Composition course from an appropriately accredited/recognized college of university (as verified by the International Handbook of Universities (21st ed.); “B” or higher for Master’s or Doctoral Degree;
  • An official high school transcript completed at an appropriately accredited/recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English. Transcripts not in U.S. equivalency must be translated through a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved translating service. Please visit for more information.