International Graduate Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must submit

Please note that some graduate programs have additional requirements

Transfer Students:
See International Graduate Transfer Students section for additional requirements


For applicants outside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is May 1
  • Winter application deadline is October 15

For applicants inside of the US:

  • Fall application deadline is July 1
  • Winter application deadline is December 1


Certain graduate programs have different deadlines. Please review your intended program's requirements.


Complete the International application for admission.

$30 Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee is payable by credit card or money order.

Personal Statement (if required by your program)

One- to two-page personal statement indicating your academic goals and the ways in which this graduate program can help you attain your professional goals. This statement must be typed and signed.


Fall 2022 applicants: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will accept emailed transcripts and test scores for admissions purposes. Please note, we will need official documents before creating your I-20. You can send all documents to [email protected]

  • Original, attested, or certified copy of all academic records from all colleges and/or universities you have attended.
  • Diplomas or graduate certificates from all universities where you have earned a degree.
  • We will only accept high quality transcripts scans.  We will not accept photos of transcripts, transcripts scanned with smartphone apps, screenshots of transcripts or transcripts scanned with smartphone photo apps.

For Indian applicants

We will accept three year Bachelor degrees that meet the following conditions:

 If your transcripts are not in English, then you will need to submit an English translated transcript along with the original transcript.

Test Scores

For admission, all international students must take one of the approved English proficiency exams, except for students from English proficiency exam waiver countries.

All test scores must be sent from the testing service.  We are not able to accept unofficial test scores.

  • TOEFL: 80 (we do not accept "My Best" score for admission)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 53
  • Duolingo: 105


English proficiency exam waiver countries:

  • Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, North Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher-Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, and Zimbabwe


Additional program requirements

Verification of Financial Support (to be submitted after admission)

Graduate students must have sufficient finances to cover tuition, fees, and housing costs for one year at Grand Valley. Graduate students must have a minimum balance of $23,750 USD. If a student will not be paying for their education on their own, sponsors must be identified on the financial verification form.

Students or the sponsor(s) of a student must send the following documents to [email protected] for an I-20 to be created:

  • Statement of Financial Support 
  • Bank statement shows a minimum balance of $23,750 USD. Bank statement balances can be listed in the student/sponsors local currency. As long as the balance, when converted into USD, meets the minimum amount required then your documents will be accepted. If you are unsure how your local currency will convert into USD, you may use the XE Currency Converter
    • Must show at least 3 months of transaction history on the account 
    • Must be less than six months old 


Students who will be supported by an institution, foundation, or government agency, your financial sponsor must submit a letter of support on official letterhead. The letter must include:

  • Grand Valley State University
  • Specify the expenses to be paid on your behalf
  • Indicate that the institution or agency has adequate financial resources to guarantee your first year of study


You can find the estimated tuition and living expenses on the International Tuition and Fees website. Fall tuition and fees are set by the university in July and will be published on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship website.

International Graduate Transfer Students

Grand Valley welcomes transfer students from U.S. and international colleges and universities.

As part of the application, we will ask you to provide an original, official transcript from your current college or university. The transcript must show the classes you have taken, the number of credits or hours that are assigned to each class, and the grade or mark that you received. 

In order to give credit for non-U.S. courses, we will need course descriptions. Course descriptions are not required for colleges and universities located in the U.S., as those courses will be reviewed automatically. The course descriptions are not required for admission, but if they are submitted with the application, your courses can be reviewed quicker. Course descriptions can be sent directly to [email protected]

Please also review the “All International Students” section above.

Page last modified March 31, 2022