International Applicants Admission Requirements
- Applications for admission of prospective international applicants must be completed by:
- April 15 for Fall Semester
- September 15 for Spring Semester
- The Graduate School DOES NOT provide conditional admission for any prospective student. All admission requirements must be fulfilled before an application can be reviewed for an admission decision.
- Applicants MUST have all official test scores and transcript evaluations sent DIRECTLY to our office from the issuing institution or agency. We cannot accept these documents from the applicant.
- All admission requirements need to be sent to the Graduate School:
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733
1. Application: All international graduate applicants must submit an application and non-refundable application fee to the Graduate School. Apply and pay the application fee online at https://apply.winthrop.edu/Graduateschool/Pages/welcome.aspx. Paper applications are only available upon request in the Graduate School Office.
2. Transcript Evaluations: Applicants are required to have international coursework evaluated by an independent evaluation service; a course by course evaluation is required and the official report must be sent to us directly from the evaluation service. For coursework completed outside of the U.S., the international transcript evaluation is sufficient; we do not also need the official transcript directly from the school.
3. Official U.S. Transcripts: If any undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed in the U.S., those official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution(s). We will not accept transcripts from applicants. Download the transcript request form (pdf - 102 KB) and submit directly to the providing institution.
4. English Language Proficiency: All international graduate applicants must present one of the following to the Graduate School: a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or at least 79 on the internet based test, an IELTS score of at least 6 (6.5 for the MBA) or successful completion of level 112 of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program from an English Language School (ELS) center. Applicants who take the TOEFL or IELTS must have the official score report sent to the Graduate School directly from the testing service. Applicants who complete the ELS program must have an official Certificate of Completion and Academic Report sent to the Graduate School from the ELS center.
5. Standardized Test Scores: Applicants must submit an official score on a standardized test (GMAT, GRE*, MAT, PRAXIS, etc.), as appropriate to the discipline. An adequate score on an appropriate standardized test is required for admission to most graduate degree programs. The appropriate test for each degree program is listed with the program description. (See Graduate Programs section.) Winthrop University houses a testing center that administers the MAT, GRE and other tests. For more information, please visit the Testing Program.
6. Program-specific requirements: The individual colleges may have other requirements, such as letters of recommendation, additional test scores, experience, an audition or a personal interview, educational background beyond the bachelor’s degree, etc. Additional admission requirements for specific programs are listed on the Degree Programs page: click the desired program and then click Admission Requirements to see what is required.
7. Preparation: Applicants should have demonstrated adequate academic preparation in their proposed area of study. Those with deficiencies in academic preparation may be required to take additional work to strengthen their backgrounds.
8. Approval for Admission: Each applicant for admission to a degree program must have the approval of the college in which the student’s area of specialization is located. Although admission documents are submitted originally to the Graduate School, all credentials are reviewed by the individual college, where the admission decision is made.
*On August 1, 2011, the GRE exam and scoring scale changed. If you took the GRE before August 1, 2011, the score scale of 200-800 was used. If you take the GRE after August 1, 2011, a score of 130-170 will be reported. Please review the GRE concordance tables online (pdf) to see how the new scores compare to the old.
Additional Documents needed after admittance:
Financial and Bank Statement: A certified financial statement indicating the applicant’s ability to pay for expenses incurred as a student and an original/official bank statement no more than six months old at the time of registration must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to obtain the I-20 Visa. In certain cases, advance payment of tuition and fees may be required.
Health Insurance and Proof of Immunization: Because all medical and dental treatment in the USA is private and very expensive, it is very important that everyone has insurance. Winthrop University requires all international students, and their dependents, to maintain health insurance. All major universities have a similar requirement. The Winthrop University Student Health Insurance Plan (“Health Plan”) insures the student against major expenses accompanying an accident, illness or hospitalization. Information regarding purchasing insurance through Pearce and Pearce, student insurance specialists, is available from Health Services and the International Center during the International Student Orientation. All students are required to submit an immunization form (pdf - 461.76 KB), with complete immunization records, to Health Services prior to registering for classes.