Official Foreign Transcripts
Applicants for admission to our program must provide official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school—undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, and non-degree courses. This requirement also includes any transfer credits that may have been completed at another institution other than the degree awarding institution. Official transcripts are those issued by the institution in a signed and sealed envelope. For additional information, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.
International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following:
- the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the language of instruction for the entire institution, or
- submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of approximately 550 (paper-based test) or approximately 80 (internet test), or
- submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.0.
The TOEFL and IELTS must be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied/faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.
TOEFL: Our TOEFL code is 5244. Minimum score is 80
IELTS: For the IELTS codes, see http://www.ielts.org. Minimum score is 7.0
Maximum length 500 words. Your essay should address the following: Why is Learning and Design the program for you? Be thoughtful and specific to help application reviewers picture you thriving in our program’s environment. If your transcripts or test scores are not representative of your ability, say why this is so.
The writing sample can be on any topic, but ideally, it should reflect either your knowledge of or interest in learning and design, higher education, or a related topic. We accept a variety of formats, including essays and blogs. You should select a writing sample that shows you have the ability to handle high-level academic writing and produce original critical analysis. In lieu of a writing sample, applicants can also submit video and digital projects.
A $90.00 non-refundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of application submission.