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English Proficiency

Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving one of the following scores on one of these standardized exams:

Exam Undergraduate
TOEFL ibt 68
TOEFL cbt 190
TOEFL pbt 520
IELTS* 5.5
ELPT 959

For Graduate level proficiency requirements, please refer to departmental/program web sites.

*The minimum requirement for undergraduate applicants in each of the four IELTS Sub Skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) is Band 5.0 AND the minimum requirement for graduate program applicants in each of the four IELTS Sub Skills is Band 5.5.

English Proficiency Websites:

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) may be completed in place of the English proficiency exam. Students will mark the “IEP” box on the application. Students in IEP must complete the program fully before enrolling in regular academic course work. You may learn more about the Intensive English Program here.

Students from Native English Speaking Countries

Students from the following countries do not need to provide proof of English proficiency:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, St. Kitt and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom , U.S. Virgin Islands