Winthrop University: Graduate School - International Applicants Admission Requirements
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Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)

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 transcripts, test scores, and transcript evaluations sent DIRECTLY to our office from the issuing agency. We cannot accept these documents from the applicant.
  • All admission requirements need to be sent to the Graduate School:

                                                Winthrop University
                                                Graduate School
                                                211 Tillman Hall
                                                Rock Hill, SC 29733

Notice to International F-1 Graduate Applicants: 
Per U.S. immigration regulations, international students who study in the U.S. in F-1 status may enroll in one, 3-hour online course per semester to fulfill the full-time enrollment requirement. Some graduate degree programs require more than one online class per semester. The total number of online and hybrid classes is subject to change, and we cannot guarantee the number of online or hybrid classes a student will be required to take per semester. It is the student's responsibility to investigate degree requirements, specifically the schedule of required online and hybrid classes, before applying to a program. More information about visa status is available from our International Center

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.

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. 

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. The appropriate test for each degree program is listed with the program description. (See Graduate Programs page.)  Winthrop University houses a testing center that administers the MAT.  For more information, please visit the Testing Program.
6. Program-specific requirements: Specific graduate programs 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 or certificate 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. 

Additional Documents needed after admittance:  

Financial and Bank Statement: A completed Statement of Financial Responsibility and Affidavit of Support along with a bank letter/ bank statement showing access to the funds required for one year of studies at Winthrop University. Both forms must be no more than six months old at the time of registration. The completed forms must be submitted to the International Center.

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 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. All on-campus students must satisfy all immunization requirements by the first day of classes or a non-refundable $50.00 Non-Compliance Fee will be applied to the student account.

Non-Degree International Applicant Information

Last Updated: 8/1/19