International Graduate Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission as an international graduate student you must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree: You must have earned a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or the equivalent from an international institution that is officially recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in your home country.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): A minimum GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in your undergraduate course work. 
    Please note: your application may still be considered by the program/department if  you do not meet the minimum GPA.
  • English Proficiency: If English is not your native or instructional language, proof of English proficiency is required from one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores must be sent directly to NAU from ETS (NAU's Institutional Cods is 4006).
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be sent directly to NAU from IELTS.
    • High school diploma or university degree where English is the primary language of instruction.

    See English Proficiency requirements for specific degree program minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores. Your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.

  • Funding: Admitted applicants are required to verify adequate funding is available for graduate studies before a visa application is processed. See Financial Requirements for estimated cost and required support documentation.
  • Degree or Program Application Requirements: You may be asked to submit GRE scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements, writing samples, etc., dependent upon which degree program for which you choose to apply. See the NAU Academic Catalog for specific degree application requirements.

Graduate Degree Program Availability for Students on F-1 or J-1 Visas

Graduate degree programs are offered at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus and online. Restrictions and criteria for particular programs are listed below:
Flagstaff Mountain Campus
You may apply to any master's, doctoral, or certificate program at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus, with the exception of the following programs
  • Early Childhood Education (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education
  • Educational Leadership - Community College/Higher Education (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education
  • Educational Leadership - Educational Foundations (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education
  • Educational Leadership - Principal K-12 (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education 
  • Educational Leadership - Instructional Leadership, K-12 School Leadership (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education 
  • Elementary Education - Continuing Professional (Flagstaff Mountain) Master of Education
  • Graduate - Non-Degree Seeking
Please note the special instructions for the following programs at the Flagstaff Mountain campus*.  Please contact the department prior to applying to the program:
  • Master of Education in Human Relations
  • Master of Education in Bilingual and Multicultural Education
*Please Note: If you are completing either the Human Relations (MEd) or the Bilingual and Multicultural Education (MEd) programs online from your home country, you do not need to contact the departments prior to applying.
Online Programs
You may apply to an online program if you are pursuing the degree from your home country.
Programs NOT available to International Students:
The Physician Assistant Program (MPAS), Athletic Training (AT), and the Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) are not available to international graduate students.