Graduate School

Prospective Students – International Application

International graduate students are a vital part of the Temple University intellectual and cultural community, enjoying both top-tier academic programs and a multitude of cultural experiences on campus and throughout Philadelphia. You can be among the thousands of students from over 100 countries who have been educated at Temple University. You are considered an international student if you hold or will need to obtain a non-immigrant visa, including a student visa (F-1) or exchange visitor visa (J-1).

About Academic Records

All applicants for graduate study at Temple University must have completed a post-secondary education program. To speed the admissions decision process, international applicants can submit a photocopy of transcripts to the department/program of application.

If admitted, the international student must then provide an official copy of academic records, including transcripts and the diploma or certificate earned, to the department/program of application at Temple University. You can submit an official copy that has been validated and sealed in an envelope by the academic institution where the post-secondary program was completed. Or you can:

  • Request that official post-secondary academic records be forwarded by the academic institution to the Temple department/program; or
  • Enlist the services of a credential evaluation organization approved by Temple University, as identified on the NACES® website, and request that the evaluation be sent to the department/program.

If academic records are not issued in English, official copies of native language records must be accompanied by a literal translation prepared by an appropriate university or government official. Applicants educated in China and those educated in India should adhere to their respective policies detailed in the boxes at bottom.

If you are uncertain what academic records must be submitted to apply for graduate study, visit the World Education Services website and locate your home country. The requirements for Temple University are the same as those specified by WES. Note that a WES evaluation is not required.

Temple University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of academic records, test scores, and letters of reference.

 

Before You Apply

Step 1

Review the information below to ensure that you meet the minimum level of study required for graduate admissions consideration at Temple University:

    • African countries (other than British- or French-patterned): University degree requiring 4 years of study.
    • Asian countries not specifically identified: University degree requiring 4 years of study. See the box near the bottom of the page for information specific to applicants from China.
    • British-patterned education: Bachelor’s degree with honours.
    • Canada: From Quebec, 3-year bachelor’s degree; from other provinces, 4-year bachelor’s degree.
    • Central and South America: University degree requiring 4 years of study.
    • European countries not specifically identified: If the institution adheres to the Bologna Declaration and participates in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), University degree requiring 3 years of study; if not a participating institution, University degree requiring 4 years of study.
    • French-patterned education: Maîtrise from university or completion of diplôme d’ingénieur from grandes écoles.
    • Germany: University diplom preferred, or at least 1 year of full-time higher study beyond vordiplom.
    • India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh: Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, engineering, forestry, medicine, pharmacy, or technology. Note: A 3-year bachelor’s degree in arts, business administration, commerce, education, or science is not considered sufficient for graduate study at Temple University. In conjunction with the 3-year degree, the student must have earned either a post-graduate diploma or a master’s degree in a related discipline to demonstrate equivalency with a U.S. bachelor’s degree. See the box at bottom for information specific to applicants from India.
    • Middle East: University degree requiring 4 years of study.
    • Newly independent states: University diploma with years of study depending on the new nation; contact the Graduate School for clarification on documentation required from the institution.
    • Philippines: A 4- or 5-year bachelor’s degree.
    • All others: Bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s degree comparability, as determined by Temple University, awarded by a post-secondary institution recognized by the country’s own Ministry of Education.

Step 2

Find your degree program of interest in the Graduate Bulletin and familiarize yourself with its application deadline and admissions requirements. Deadlines vary by program, and your application must be complete by the program's stated deadline. Apply as early as possible — preferably 90 days prior to the stated program deadline and by December 15 if you are interested in being nominated for a fellowship.

Step 3

Begin gathering the documentation needed in support of your application:

  • Write a statement of goals.
  • Request one certified copy of official transcripts from every college and university you attended, even if only one course was taken. International degrees must be assessed for equivalency with a U.S. degree based on the characteristics of the national educational system, the type of institution attended, and the level of studies completed. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is ordinarily required for admissions consideration. Note that if unofficial transcripts are submitted during the application process, submission of official academic records will be required by the end of your first term of graduate study if admitted and enrolled at Temple University.
  • If you have not earned a bachelor's or graduate (master's or doctoral) degree from a U.S. institution, take a test of academic English. These scores are required if you were not born on American soil and were educated at an institution outside the United States or if you are a U.S. citizen who earned a degree abroad from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English. No photocopies of score reports for a test of academic English will be accepted from applicants. Scores for the TOEFL®, IELTS™, and PTE Academic™ must be reported by the testing service to Temple University within two years of the applicant's test date. The minimum acceptable scores are:
           

               TEST

                  TYPE

        MINIMUM
           SCORE

                    SCORE REPORTING

    TOEFL® Internet-based (iBT)          79 Electronic report from Educational Testing Service to institution code 2906
    Paper-based (PBT)         550
    IELTS™ Academic          6.5 Official score report sent by the International English Language Testing System to the Graduate School at Temple University, not the department of application
    General Training Not accepted
    PTE Academic™             53 Pearson's score report website accessed by the Graduate School online, provided you identify Temple University as a recipient of your scores
  • If required by your degree program of choice, take a standardized test of scholastic aptitude, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) (General and/or Subject), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT™). No photocopies of score reports for any standardized test will be accepted from applicants. Scores must be reported by the testing service within five years of your test date in this manner:
  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers who can write about your ability to succeed in graduate study. Your recommendations may be submitted on our Reference Report for Graduate Study or as a traditional letter of recommendation.
  • If required by your program of application, prepare a portfolio that demonstrates your creative potential and ability in the fine arts, film and media arts, or other discipline.

 

When You Apply

Step 1

Choose one of two methods to apply:

    • Log on to our online application and begin. Submit the application by paying the non-refundable $60 application fee online using either a credit card or a bank account drawn on U.S. funds.

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    • Download the PDF application and save to your desktop or portable drive. (Adobe® Acrobat® is required for access.) You can write on the form, save the final version, and then print for mailing. If you have questions while completing the paper form, refer to the application instructions. Before mailing, enclose a check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank that is made payable to Temple University in the amount of $75. Note that the application fee cannot be refunded.

Step 2

Use the exact same name on your application that you used when registering for your standardized tests. Slight differences in name can cause your application to go unmatched with your reported test scores and delay the processing of your application.

Step 3

Submit the documentation you have been gathering in support of your application to the appropriate program, department, or school/college. You can find the correct mailing address or alternate submission information, such as electronic upload via Interfolio or SlideRoom, on the degree program's "Contacts" page in the Graduate Bulletin. All application materials, with the exception of portfolios and exhibits, become the property of Temple University and will not be copied, returned, or forwarded to another institution.

 

After You Apply

Step 1

Contact the department of application directly with any questions. Admissions decisions are made by the department based on your complete application profile, which includes grades, test scores, recommendations, statement of goals, research interests, past employment, portfolio, and more.

Step 2

Remember that your application is reviewed only after it is complete. You can check the status of your application and receipt of materials by returning to the online application and/or logging in to TUportal. You can expect to receive an email within 36 hours of submitting your application online inviting you to create a TUportal account.

Step 3

Prepare to upload your completed Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) to your TUportal account, as required by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Temple University. Please note that a US $50 non-refundable international student orientation fee will be charged to your account upon registration at Temple University.

Step 4

Be advised that you may submit applications to more than one program, but you may not pursue two degrees simultaneously. The only exception is if you are admitted to University-approved dual degree programs. An application, complete with all supporting documents and payment of the application fee, is required for each degree program to which you apply.

 

For Applicants Educated in CHINA

All applicants for graduate study at Temple University must have completed a post-secondary education program. To speed the admissions decision process, international applicants can submit a photocopy of transcripts to the department/program of application. If admitted, the international student must then provide an official copy of academic records, including transcripts and the diploma or certificate earned, to that department/program of application.

For applicants who have their completed degree(s), the process has two parts:

  1. Have degree and diploma certificates, including bachelor’s degree/diploma, master’s degree/diploma, and Ph.D., issued in Chinese. Photocopies are acceptable.
  2. Arrange for the document(s) to be verified and sent directly to your admission office in English by the following agency, which has been designated by the Ministry of Education: China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

Applicants with an academic transcript must provide an official document issued in English by the teaching institution that lists all subjects taken and grades earned for each year of study. Applicants who have completed self-study programs must provide all completed examination results issued in English by the provincial Self-Study Examinations Guidance Committee. Arrange for the document to be verified and sent directly to your admission office in an English-language verification report by the following agency, which has been designated by the Ministry of Education: China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

Applicants with incomplete transcripts can still send their document(s) via China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) or China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC).

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For Applicants Educated in INDIA

All applicants for graduate study at Temple University must have completed a post-secondary education program. To speed the admissions decision process, international applicants can submit a photocopy of transcripts to the department/program of application. If admitted, the international student must then provide an official copy of academic records, including transcripts and the diploma or certificate earned, to that department/program of application.

All documents must be attested to/verified by the Controller of Examinations or Registrar at the parent university and then sent sealed by the examining authority directly to the Temple University department or program to which you are applying. The envelope must bear the institution's seal or stamp and/or an appropriate signature across the sealed flap.

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You may make photocopies and have the copies attested to by the Controller of Examinations or Registrar at the parent university. The Controller or Registrar should then place the verified mark sheets in an envelope, seal the envelope, and sign it across the flap before returning it to you to forward to the Temple University department or program to which you are applying. If the seal is broken when the envelope reaches Temple University, the mark sheets will not be accepted. Attestations from persons outside the offices of the Controller of Examinations or Registrar, such as individual professors or external notary publics, will not be accepted.

Without exception, mark sheets, degree certificates, or provisional certificates from the affiliate college or faculty will not be accepted.