Minimum Standards for International Admissions

All students seeking admission to a graduate degree program must first meet the minimum standards of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also have the approval of the department in which the degree program is offered. The admission standards of departments may exceed those of the College of Graduate Studies.

International Students must satisfy additional requirements.

Admission to the University clears the way for consideration for admission to a specific program. Admission standards for specific programs may exceed those of the University. Admission to one program does not constitute admission to any other. Graduate students wishing to change from one major field to another must make application to the Office of the Graduate Dean and must meet all specific program admission requirements for the new major.

Admission Procedures and Standards for International Students:

  • Transcripts. International students must submit official certified transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If the transcripts are not in English, the student must provide certified translations.
  • TOEFL score. Most international students whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score better than 525. Lamar University must receive the official TOEFL scores before admission can be granted. For information about testing dates and places, write to TOEFL, PO Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA. The TOEFL exam is not required of those international students who have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university where English is the language of instruction (e.g., universities in the United States, Canada, and England).
  • Proof of Financial Resources. International students must prove that they have the financial resources to attend Lamar University. As part of the application process, international students must submit an original Confirmation of Financial Resources form which asks for personal, family, and/or sponsor financial information and a bank verification of financial holdings. All international students are required to have health and accident insurance for themselves and all their dependent family members in the United States. Insurance may be purchased at the University during the registration period.
  • Proficiency in spoken English may be required by some graduate programs.