COVID-19 Updates

Read the latest updates.

Graduate Programs for International Students

Our graduate programs are tailored to the demands of the marketplace and international students. This is graduate school on your terms, built around your schedule and priorities—available on campus or online in your home country.

Engage in Practical Experiences

Practical work experience, such as an internship or practicum, is an expectation of all students enrolled in graduate studies. The purpose of the internship/practicum is to help the student become familiar with the applications and practices in the field of study. Students enrolled in graduate programs may be eligible for CPT. As CPT is curricular in nature, students are encouraged to check with their program director and the Office of International Education to verify eligibility.

Master’s Programs

The following programs satisfy the requirements for F-1 VISAs:

These online programs may be completed from a student’s home country. Elmhurst University does not issue I-20’s for these 100% online programs.

*STEM Designated Program

Applying for Graduate Studies

In addition to the regular application for graduate programs, international students must submit proof of the following requirements:

English Proficiency Requirements

Elmhurst University requires international students to meet the following English proficiency requirements:

Preferred Tests

OptionMinimum Requirement
ACTScore of 22 on both the English and Reading subsections
SATScore of 520 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion
TOEFL Computer Based213
TOEFL Paper Based550
IELTS Exam6.5 Composite
Duolingo English Test100
  • U.S. college English coursework (two semesters): Grade of B or better in a two-course writing/composition sequence equivalent to ENG 105/106 at Elmhurst University.
  • Duolingo English Test: 60 (prior to Fall 2021)
  • PTE Academic: 54
  • Be a citizen of and attend high school in: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Vanuatu, and Windward Islands.
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): minimum score of 160
  • Attend and complete: An American international school abroad with passing grades in English courses through the third year at the time of application review with an anticipated completion of English courses in the fourth year.
  • Students who have been admitted to and completed the Elmhurst Collegiate Immersion Program whose video and personal interview determine an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • Admission will be considered (but not guaranteed) for students who score below the required English proficiency and request a personal interview, along with the submission of an essay, one sample of graded work, and a written recommendation from the corresponding faculty member.

If offered admission to a graduate program, international students must submit a Declaration of Finances form and the tuition prepayment (deposit) before the Form I-20 will be issued.

Support for International Students

Our dedicated International Student Services staff is here to help. We’ll support you every step of the way, from the admission process to getting a visa and finding a job.

Scholarships for F-1 Graduate Students

  • $5,000 upon admission to a graduate program

Tony Marotta ’05

Director of International Admission and Student Services
International Education

Connect with #elmhurstu