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.
    • 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.

If you obtained a degree at an international institution, you must submit official, sealed transcripts to the Graduate College.  Your application will not be reviewed for admission consideration until the Graduate College receives your official, sealed transcripts.

Accepted accredited translating companies for English transcript translations:

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