International Applicants

  • Applications for admission of prospective international applicants must be completed by:

    •  April 15 for Fall Semester

    • September 15 for Spring Semester

  • Graduate Studies DOES NOT provide conditional admission. All application 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

  • All admission requirements need to be sent to Graduate Studies:

                                                Winthrop University
                                                Graduate Studies
                                                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's Student Visa and Immigration webpage


Admission Requirements

  1. Online application and $50 USD non-refundable application fee. 
  2. International Transcript EvaluationsInternational coursework must be 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.  
  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 Graduate Studies from the issuing institution(s).  
  4. English Language Proficiency: All international graduate applicants must present an official TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the internet based test, an IELTS score of at least 6 (6.5 for the MBA program), a Duolingo English Test score of at least 100, 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, IELTS, or Duolingo test must have the official score report sent to Graduate Studies directly from the testing service. Applicants who complete the ELS program must have an official Certificate of Completion and Academic Report sent to Graduate Studies from the ELS center
  5. Program-specific requirements: Specific graduate programs may have other requirements, such as letters of recommendation, resume, essay, additional test scores*, specific work experience, an audition or a personal interview, etc. Additional admission requirements for specific programs are listed on the graduate programs page: click the desired program and then click Application Requirements to see what is required.

    NOTE: If a standardized test is required, the official test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Studies from the testing agency. Our school code is 5910. Standardized test scores are valid for 5 years from the test date. Winthrop University will not consider test results older than 5 years for entrance into a graduate program.

  6. 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.
  7. 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, with final approval by Graduate Studies. 


The Graduate Studies office will notify applicants of the admission decision.

Please review our admission policies before applying. 


Documents Needed After Admission

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, with complete immunization records, to Health Services. You can find more information about immunization requirements on the Center for Student Wellness' webpage. 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.


For Further Assistance

If you have questions or require further assistance, you can access our International Center's webpage or e-mail them at

You can also reach out to the Graduate Studies office at 803/323-3445, 800/411-7041 (tollfree), or by e-mail at