Towson University is a nationally ranked university with students and faculty from
all over the world. Our suburban Baltimore location and proximity to Washington, D.C.,
offers our students great internship, research and employment opportunities.
Towson University is home to nearly 700 international students from over 80 countries
and to 30 foreign faculty, exchange scholars, and visiting faculty each year. The International Student & Scholar Office (ISSO) provides documents, services, and programs essential to a culturally diverse academic
environment that enhances international learning opportunities for students, faculty,
If you're ready to apply to Towson University as a graduate student, you'll need to
complete the following steps to submit your application.
Apply for graduate admission to Towson University using Towson’s online application. Be sure to write your foreign address. If you are currently in the United States, include your U.S. address as well.
Pay your application fee. A $45 non-deferrable, non-refundable fee is required with
your application. If you apply online, you can pay the application fee with a credit
card or electronic check. An application fee waiver may be available.
Submit a copy of your passport. A copy of your passport photo ID that bears your complete
legal name must be submitted.
Submit an evaluation of academic records (credential evaluation) from WES, SpanTran, IERF, or ASCISS. Please request a course-by-course evaluation including a grade point average (GPA)
and have an official copy sent directly to University Admissions. We require an evaluation
of all upper level degrees earned outside the U.S.
Submit scores to confirm English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE) scores or successfully complete Towson University's English Language Center (Level VI) program with a grade of B or better. More information can be found online
or by calling 410-704-2552.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum overall score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.5 in each section,
except where noted. Specific programs may require higher scores. Scores are valid
for two years after test date.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum overall score of 80 iBT (Internet- based) with a minimum of 20 in each
section or 550 (paper-based testing) except where noted. Specific programs may require
higher scores. Towson University's institution code for TOEFL is 5404. Scores are
valid for only two years after test date.
PTE Academic: A minimum total communicative skills score of 57 and a minimum score of 57 in listening,
speaking, reading, and writing are required, except where noted. Specific programs
may require higher scores. Scores are valid for two years after test date.
Provisional Admission for International Students Earning a Bachelors Degree or Higher
Outside of the United States.
Towson University offers provisional admission in select programs for applicants who
meet all of the Towson University and program specific requirements for full admission
except the English Language proficiency requirement. Students who wish to be considered
for provisional admission are to contact the University Admissions Office at grads AT_TOWSON. Students who are provisionally admitted must complete the following before enrolling
in graduate courses:
Enroll in the Towson University English Language Center and successfully complete
ELC classes through Level VI with a grade of B or better. You must enroll in the ELC
for the term which you were admitted.
Earn and confirm the required the English Language Proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS,
or PTE Academic) prior to the start of the term for which you were admitted.
Admission for International Students Earning a Bachelor Degree or Higher within the
International students who are in the process of earning a baccalaureate degree or
higher from an accredited U.S. college or university may be eligible to have the English
Language proficiency requirement waived. Once they have completed the baccalaureate
degree or higher, they are to submit evidence that their degree was conferred in order
for their application to be considered complete.
Note: The following programs are excluded from Provisional Admission. Audiology, CAT (Clinician-Administrator
Transition), Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Global Humanities, Health Science,
Human Resource Development – Education Leadership track, Human Resource Development
– Professional track, Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion, Nursing MS & PBC, Occupational
Therapy, Organizational Change, Physician Assistant, Psychology (Experimental, Clinical
& School), Special Education, Speech Language Pathology.
Non-immigrant international students (F-1 or J-1 visa status) are required to enroll
for full-time study. Full time study is defined as a minimum of 9 credits for each
spring, summer and fall semesters for students enrolled in master’s and post baccalaureate
programs. Full time study is defined as a minimum of 6 credits for each spring, summer
and fall semesters for students enrolled in doctoral programs. Since the required
courses offered by some programs in a semester may be less than that needed to fulfill
the full time study requirement, students needing to maintain F-1 or J-1 student visa
status may be required to take classes not associated with the program in order to
comply with immigration regulations. This may result in increased tuition, fees and
credits beyond the normal program requirements.
If you require sponsorship from Towson University as an F-1 student, you must also
submit the following documents. International students provide this documentation in order to receive a Towson University
Copy of immigration documents: biographical page of passport, visa, I-94, and any other relevant immigration documents
(i.e., current I-20 or DS-2019, etc.).