Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

Aside from general admission requirements, international students must also satisfy the following additional requirements for their applications to be reviewed:

  1. English Proficiency
  2. Evaluation of Credentials
  3. Health Documentation
  4. Financial Statements

English Proficiency

All applicants who will be attending the University on a student visa must supply evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The following applicants satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

  1. Applicants whose highest earned degree has English as the medium of instruction. See details below.

Applicants whose highest degree is not from a program taught entirely in English will have to complete one of the following activities:

  1. Provide official standardize test scores.  *Note, you may be admitted with unofficial scores, but official scores must be received by the end of your first semester in order to remain in good academic standing. See details below. 
  2. Take the English Conditional Admission.

English as the Medium of Instruction of Highest Earned Degree

Applicants with degrees equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's, master's, doctorate or professional degree from an accredited college or university where English is the language of instruction in higher education may be exempted from the English Proficiency requirement for application to the graduate school.

Evidence that the language of instruction is English must appear on the academic transcript. Otherwise, the applicant will be asked to provide additional documentation.

Standardized Tests:

English proficiency test scores required by the University:

  • Duolingo English Test-   For students affected by test center closures due to COVID-19, the University is temporarily accepting Duolingo as an alternative. 100 or higher on the overall score, all sub scores must be at least 80. 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Institution code 1459. TOEFL - 550 or higher on the paper version, 79 or higher on the internet-based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System- 6.0 or higher
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) - 53 or higher

Some degree programs require higher scores; check department listings for specific requirements.

All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to The University of Memphis.

Evaluation of Credentials

Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university may be required to have their credentials evaluated, depending on the program to which they are applying. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (http://www.naces.org).

A course-by course report is required. Departments may provide a scholarship to cover the cost of the credential evaluation for selected scholar-applicants. If a department decides to provide scholarship funds, the department will collect the necessary documentation and fees and forward them to the selected credentialing agency. For additional information, please contact the graduate program coordinator.

Health Documentation

Health Certificate:

Before the first day of classes, each international student must submit a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified U.S. medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to do so shall result in denial of enrollment.

In the event that a student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditional upon the determination by a licensed U.S. physician that such enrollment does not present a risk to others.

Health Insurance:

All international students must purchase health insurance before they are allowed to enroll.


Please see link below for required immunization information:


Financial Statements

Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement

If you are accepted into your program of study, soon after you receive your acceptance letter, you will receive an email from TheWorld@memphis.edu about the financial documents needed for starting the student visa process. For details about the process to obtain your I-20, follow this link for more information: