Application Process

The deadline for international student applications is March 1 for fall admissions, unless the department has an earlier deadline.

The deadline for spring admissions is October 1, unless the department has an earlier admissions deadline.  

You may view all application deadlines here.

Students applying under the F-1 or J-1 visa status may only attend programs on the main Flagstaff campus.

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions Policy for additional policy and information on applications and admissions.

Please submit the following:

  • Complete the online Application for Graduate Admission (includes program requirements)
  • Pay a $65 non-refundable application fee
  • Attach unofficial  transcripts to the online application, and send official, sealed transcripts to the Graduate College.  Transcripts must be in the original language of the issuing institution with an English translation vetted by the issuing institution. Official transcripts must include verification of graduation. If the degree/diploma is not posted on the transcripts, a separate degree certificate must be included and indicate the degree awarded and date on which awarded.  
    • If the issuing institution does not provide an English translation, the applicant is responsible for obtaining an English translation from an accredited translating company.
  • Depending on the program's admission requirements, submit official scores on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The Graduate College requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the Internet-based test. The Graduate College requires a minimum score of 6.5 for the IELTS. 
    • Some programs require a higher TOEFL score (see the list below). 
  • TOEFL/IELTS is waived for the following international applicants (see exceptions below): 
    • Native speaker of English. For the purpose of this policy, native speakers of English are considered students who completed a high school or university education at an institution where the language of primary instruction is English (students in this category must provide documentation to verify this information).
    • Students who earned a bachelor's or higher degree from a U.S. university.
  • EXCEPTION TO THE TOEFL/IELTS WAIVER POLICY
    • Regardless of where international students received their education, all applicants to the English Department's MA-TESL program or the Ph.D. program in Applied Linguistics must submit current, official TOEFL/IELTS scores (no more than 2 years old). If an applicant considers him or herself a native English speaker, that student may seek an exemption from submitting TOEFL/IELTS exam scores by contacting the TESL/Applied Linguistics programs in the English Department.

Please send all official transcripts and supporting documentation to:

Standard Mailing for Domestic Mail

Graduate College 
Northern Arizona University
Attn: Graduate International Admissions
PO Box 4125
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125

Physical Address for UPS, DHL, or Fedex

Graduate College
Northern Arizona University
Attn: Graduate International Admissions
624 S. Knoles Dr., Suite 107
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125

Application Review Process

After all the required application materials have been received by the Graduate College, the student's file will be forwarded to the appropriate graduate program for review. Admissions to most graduate programs is competitive, so not all qualified applicants may be admitted. If the program recommends admission, official notification of admission will be sent from the Graduate College with the appropriate immigration document (Form I-20) for acquiring a visa to the United States.

Financial Guarantee

Upon admittance to a program, students must submit one of these forms to the Graduate College: 

  • Completed Financial Guarantee Statement, certified by a bank official, or 
  • Letter of Financial Sponsorship, certified by a bank official

Please note that at least $36,000 (US dollars) should be available annually to international students planning to study at NAU. 

Graduate Programs with TOEFL Requirements above the University Requirement 

Some departments require a higher minimum score and only accept the TOEFL:

Program

Internet-based test

Business Administration 

83

Clinical Speech Pathology 

100

Mathematics and Statistics 

89

Physical Therapy 

100

Political Science 

93

The English programs in Applied Linguistics (PhD) and Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL) accept both the TOEFL score (internet-based only) and the IELTS scores:

Program

Section

TOEFL iBT

IELTS

Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL)

Reading

25

7

Listening

22

6.5

Speaking

22

6.5

Writing

24

7

TOTAL

92

7

Applied Linguistics (PhD)

Reading

27

7.5

Listening

24

7

Speaking

22

7

Writing

27

7.5

TOTAL

100

7.5

English Teaching Assistantship Eligibility

TOTAL

104

7.5

Submitting the TOEFL or IELTS scores

Official TOEFL and IELTS scores must be submitted directly to the Graduate College from the testing agency.  Please use code 4006 for submission of TOEFL scores from ETS. Unofficial copies of scores will not be accepted and may delay the application process.  

Program in Intensive English (PIE)

Applicants who do not receive the required TOEFL/IELTS scores are encouraged to apply to the PIE program. Upon successful completion of the PIE program and submission of the required TOEFL/IELTS score, students may apply to a graduate degree program.

Please contact the Graduate College with any questions regarding the international graduate student admission process.