International Admission


Please complete an online application for admission. Students are required to pay $45 non-refundable application fee by credit card or electronic check.

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Please complete an online application for admission. Students are required to pay $45 non-refundable application fee by credit card or electronic check.

  • All names provided must be full legal names only. The name used on the application must appear exactly the same on all materials, and it must be the same as it appears on your passport

Last day to Apply for Graduate Admission - International Applicants

  • Fall semester - April 15
  • Spring semester - September 15

Note: Some programs have earlier deadlines, admit students only once a year, or have a special application procedure. Please review application program requirements at Graduate Programs

Provide official transcripts and evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency. Documents required are:

  • An official course-by-course evaluation from a NACES approved evaluation agency of each certified/attested non-U.S. transcript with Grade Point Average (GPA) equated to a 4.0 scale, all mark sheets and certified or attested copy of degree(s) awarded
  • An official transcript (and an official English translation of the transcript if the transcript is not in English) sent from the approved evaluation agency
  • Locate information and how to find an approved evaluator**
  • Have the evaluation, transcript, mark sheets and proof of degree sent from the approved evaluator to:

                   Youngstown State University
                   College of Graduate Studies
                   1 University Plaza
                   Youngstown, OH  44555

Arrange to have the following test score(s) sent to Youngstown State University.

  • TOEFL score—A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79-80 on the Internet-based (IBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language by graduates of foreign universities who are nonnative English speakers. (Scores over two years old by the beginning of the term applicants wish to enter are not acceptable.) Arrange with the Educational Testing Service to have your official TOEFL score sent to our office (ETS Code 1975). The College of Graduate Studies will accept the academic version of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as an alternative to the TOEFL exam for international students. (A score of 6.5 on the IELTS test equates to a 550 on the paper-based TOEFL.) Proficiency may also be demonstrated by a minimum score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) administered by the English Language Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, or a letter of certification from the Youngstown State University English Language Institute stating that the applicant has completed the program of study and is proficient in English at a level appropriate to pursue a graduate degree and present an English language thesis if one is necessary as a degree requirement. Prior to full admission to graduate study, students may be tested and placed in special English classes, if necessary, to ensure an adequate level of English proficiency. (Note: Evidence of proficiency is waived for applicants educated in English-speaking countries as defined in the YSU Undergraduate Catalog or for applicants holding U.S. Legal Permanent Residence for one year or for applicants who have successfully completed 24 semester hours of college-level coursework from an accredited English-medium college in the United States or another country where English is the official language.)

Other required documents to be sent to the International Programs Offices 

  • Original bank statement showing the balance in U.S. dollars
  • Evidence of your financial support and sponsorship during the expected period of study at Youngstown State University, including documents of verification, Affidavits of financial support for international students*
  • Other documents that are required for your program of interest (Test scores, references, statement of intent, resume, etc.)
  • These documents should be sent to:

                   International Programs Office
                   Youngstown State University
                   One University Plaza
                   Youngstown, OH 44555

Important Forms


  • If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, three professional recommendations (i.e., from supervisors, instructors, or colleagues) are required. Print three copies of the form and forward them to the three people who will make the recommendations. Ask them to return the forms to you in sealed envelopes, so that you can submit them along with the other forms*.
  • Affidavit of Sponsor* Providing Free Room & Board
  • These documents should be sent to:


  • International Programs Office

  • Youngstown State University
    One University Plaza
    Youngstown, OH 44555


Minimum Requirements for Admission to the College of Graduate Studies

  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university certified by a regional accrediting agency (e.g., North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate work of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (Some programs require higher GPAs.)
  • Satisfactory preparation for the graduate program in which the student wishes to enroll as specified by the department of the program
  • A test of written/spoken English, which the University reserves the right to request, of any entering graduate student whose primary language is not English
  • Degree-seeking students having an undergraduate GPA below 2.7 must present a satisfactory score on the general test of the Graduate Record Exam, the Miller Analogies Test, or graduate level subject-specific exam as specified by the department of the program
  • The applicant is reminded to check specific admission requirements of the program in which he/she wishes to enroll to determine whether there are any additional requirements. A graduate admission test may be required. See Graduate Bulletin.
  • Some programs require three letters of recommendation.

YSU enrolls students in accordance with the policies of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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