Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

1. English Proficiency

All applicants who will be attending the University on a student visa must supply evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Applicants whose highest degree is not from a program taught entirely in English will have to provide official standardized test scores:

English proficiency test scores required by the University:

  • Duolingo English Test- 100 or higher on the overall score, all sub scores must be at least 80.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 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.

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to The University of Memphis or made available to us for verification.

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. Exemption may require an oral examination.

2. 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). Please review department admission requirements to find out if you need to have your credentials evaluated.

3. 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:


4. 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: