How to Apply

Towson University welcomes international applicants who hold or seek an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.

We encourage you to apply early, especially if you have international transcripts and need previous course work assessed by a credential evaluation service. Please note, all Towson University graduate programs require that applicants complete an undergraduate degree from an accredited or recognized university by the time of enrollment.


Submit your Application

Apply for graduate admission using Towson University’s online application and pay your $45 application fee. Be sure to include your foreign address, and your U.S. address if you are currently in the U.S.

The 2022 graduate application is now open.


Submit your Post-Secondary Transcripts

If your degree was completed outside the U.S.

The US equivalent of a bachelor’s degree is required for admission. You must submit an evaluation of academic records (credential evaluation) from WESSpanTranIERF, or ECE. A course-by-course evaluation including a grade point average (GPA) must be sent directly to University Admissions from the reporting agency. We do not accept student copies.

If your degree was completed inside the U.S.

Submit official transcripts from the university to Towson University Admissions. Note: Students who have completed a degree in the U.S., will qualify for English Proficiency without submitting additional test scores.


Submit Test Results of English Proficiency Scores

TU recognizes English proficiency results for two years. Some academic programs require higher than the posted scores below. For official requirements, seeGraduate Programs Complying with J-1 & F-1 Regulations.

If you do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by one of the following options:

  • TOEFL: 80 IBT with subscores of 20 (Towson code: 5404)
  • IELTS  (Academic): 6.5 with band scores of 6.5 except where noted
  • PTE: 57 with subscores of 57
  • DET (Duolingo): 115
  • U.S. university coursework: Completed U.S. degree
  • TU English Language Center (ELC) Provisional Admission: TU ELC Level 7 completion*

* NOTE: Provisional admission is available for international students who earned or are earning a bachelors degree or higher outside of the United States (for more details: see provisional admission below).


Confirm Additional Requirements Specific to Your Graduate Program

Certain programs meet immigration regulations but have additional requirements to maintain full-time enrollment. For more information visit Graduate Programs Complying with J-1 & F-1 Regulations.

Provisional Admission

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 seeking provisional admission should email university admissions, . Before enrolling in graduate courses, students who are provisionally admitted must do either of the following:

Enroll in the TU English Language Center 

Students have the option to enroll in the English Language Center and successfully complete ELC classes through Level 7 with a grade of B or better. NOTE: You must enroll in the ELC for the term which you were admitted.

Earn Required English Language Proficiency Scores

Students can also opt to earn and confirm the required the English language proficiency scores (DET, IELTS, PTE Academic, or TOEFL) prior to the start of the term for which you were admitted.

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 – Professional track
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Infusion
  • Nursing M.S. and PBC
  • Occupational Science ScD
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organizational Change
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology (Experimental, Clinical and School)
  • Special Education
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Transformational Educational Leadership

Application Timeline

Use this application timeline to guide your process, from application through the start of classes.

Submit Completed Application
*See program for specific deadlines
December 1 May 15
Submit Enrollment Contract & Fee January 1 July 1
Submit all Documents for I20/DS2019 if Initial I20 December 15 July 7
Submit all Documents for I20/DS2019 if Transfer I20 January 15 August 7
Arrive at Towson University January 20 To be announced
Attend Mandatory Orientation January 22 Online date to be announced
Classes Start January 27 August 24

Contact Information

University Admissions

Enrollment Services Building
Monday - Thursday 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.