International Student English Proficiency

The minimum English proficiency scores for most programs are: 80 (TOEFL iBT) or 6.5 (IELTS). Scores must be sent directly to the NAU Graduate College form the testing institution. The TOEFL school code for ETS is 4006. 

Some programs require a higher minimum English proficiency score or accept only a TOEFL score. 

Programs accepting only TOEFL above Graduate College minimums:

Program

Internet-based test

Business Administration (MBA) 

83

Clinical Speech Pathology (MS) 

100

Mathematics and Statistics (MS and Graduate Certificate) 

89

Physical Therapy (DPT) 

100

Political Science (PhD, MA, and Graduate Certificate)

93

Programs accepting TOEFL or IELTS above Graduate College minimums:

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

Test Waiver Policy

 The TOEFL/IELTS may be waived:

  • If you are a native speaker of English. Native speakers are considered applicants who completed a high school or university education at an institution where the language of primary instruction is English (Please Note: Applicants in this category must provide documentation to verify this information).
  • If you have earned a bachelor's degree (or higher) from a U.S. university or college.
  • EXCEPTION: Applied Linguistics, PhD and TESL, MA applicants must submit official TOEFL/IELTS scores (no more than 2 years old), regardless of where the applicant received their higher education degree. Exemption form this requirements may be requested by contacting the English department: English@nau.edu or 1-928-523-4911.

Program in Intensive English (PIE)

If you do not meet the TOEFL/IELTS minimum score requirement for your program, you may be admitted to the PIE program as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student, entitled to all university privileges. Upon successful completion of the PIE program, the TOEFL/IELTS exam must be re-taken and new scores must be re-submitted to the Graduate College.
The Program in Intensive English (PIE) meets the academic needs of NAU international students by providing academic English preparation and support.  PIE teaches skills that are essential to successful academic performance at the university. The specific plan for English instruction will be finalized upon arrival at NAU and will include the degree program advisor and the PIE Director. A final copy of the plan must be on file in the Graduate College. 
Read more about the PIE program.