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Additional Admission Guidelines for International Students

Applicants must have their official post-secondary transcripts forwarded by their post-secondary institution to the department to which they are applying. Applicants must request all transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, regardless of the amount of work/courses completed (i.e., transcript must be forwarded even if only one course was taken). Failure to receive a post-secondary transcript means that the application is incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Temple University reserves the right to authenticate academic records, test scores, and letters of reference as it sees fit.

Unsealed post-secondary school transcripts in the student's possession are neither official nor acceptable for admission purposes. Applicants who have completed a post-secondary program also must submit a photocopy of their degree or certificate.

Translations must be submitted for all documents that are written in a language other than English. Official copies of the original language documents must be submitted with the translations. For those applicants residing in the U.S., an acceptable translation would be one done by the following: the consulate or embassy of the document's issuing country or an acceptable professional translation service. For those applicants living in their own country, an acceptable translation would be one completed by the institution that issued the document.

  • All translations must be prepared using the same format as the original document.

  • All information must be translated.
  • The translation must be verbatim.
  • No interpretation or evaluation of information should be included (e.g., if a grade of 85 appears on the Chinese language version, then an 85, not an "A," should appear on the translation).
  • The translation must be typed, and it must be signed by the translator.
  • Each applicant is responsible for any altered documents submitted. If an altered document is submitted, the applicant will be rejected, and Temple University may notify the issuing board or institution

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

This test is required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English, regardless of previous language of instruction. Applicants having an undergraduate degree conferred by an American university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.

To be admitted to graduate study, a student must score a minimum of either 575 on the paper-based version or 230 on the computer-based version (CBT) of the TOEFL. Students admitted with TOEFL scores below either 600 on the paper-based or 250 on the CBT will be required to take and pass an English skills course during their first semester at Temple University.

The TOEFL examination is an ADDITIONAL requirement for inter-national applicants. It is not a substitute for the standardized examinations (GRE, GMAT, MAT) that may be required for admission.

  •   International applicants should consult the department to which they are applying for information on additional standardized test requirements.
  •   Before a visa can be issued, applicants must certify and document their financial ability to study at Temple University.
  •   Applicants must minimally have the equivalent of a 3.0 ("B") average for all undergraduate work.
  •   International students, while enrolled in a Temple graduate program, must be engaged in full-time study.


Temple currently offers three dual degree programs. In each case the student receives, at the completion of the program, two degrees. Students interested in any of these programs should consult with faculty advisers concerning admissions and graduation requirements.

M.D. - Ph.D.

This program was established to meet the growing demand for clinician-researchers. Students complete two years of the M.D. curriculum, then spend three years completing a Ph.D. in one of the basic science departments of the School of Medicine. They then return to complete the final two years of the M.D. program. Applicants must submit a completed application packet and fee to the M.D. program, and a completed application packet and fee to the selected Ph.D. program, both in the School of Medicine. See admission requirements under department listings. Admission to one program is not a guarantee of admission to the other.

J.D. - M.B.A.

This coordinated program prepares graduates for careers in law, business, and public service. Students receive separate degrees from the James E. Beasley Law School and the Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management. Applicants must be admitted to both programs and complete the requirements of each.

M.B.A. - M.S. in Management and Environmental Health

Applicants must have a background in biology and chemistry and must apply separately to the Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management and the College of Engineering in the College of Science and Technology.

M.P.H. - M.D. and M.P.H. - D.P.M.

At the time of publication, two dual degree programs were approved. The M.P.H. - M.D. is a cooperative effort between the Department of Health Studies and the School of Medicine and the M.P.H. - D.P.M. between the Department of Health Studies and the School of Podiatric Medicine. For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Alice Hausman, Director of M.P.H. programs, 215-204-5112.