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Watch our new International Admissions video in the Graduate Admissions section of our Presentation Library. The video overviews important policies and procedures for international applicants and explains the next steps after admission.

Graduate Admissions - International

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Apply for admission

Beyond these general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, departments may set additional standards for admission to degree programs as necessary, subject to administrative approval.

The application process is comprised of several parts:

If you have any questions regarding the immigration process or special requirements for F-1 students, please email, or call 254-968-9632.

Program Options

There are a number of options for international graduate students at Tarleton! Here are the programs in which you may study: 

Programs Based On-Campus in the U.S.
Online Programs Available Outside of the U.S.

Online Application

Please review these requirements before completing the admissions application. For more information, refer to the College of Graduate Studies website.

International Application Deadlines

Spring: November 1
Summer: March 15
Fall: June 15

Transcript Evaluation

A transcript evaluation must be completed by an approved agency which includes all previous academic course work, as well as a complete description of courses and overall GPA (course-by-course evaluation). 

Submit your documentation by one of the following methods:

Test Scores

International applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as a part of the application process. Tarleton also accepts PTE and iTEP English proficiency scores. (Note: Applicants with permanent residency status may be required to submit a transcript evaluation and proof of English proficiency.)

  • TOEFL: minimum score 80 
  • IELTS: minimum score 6
  • PTE: minimum score 53
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China: minimum score 543
  • iTEP: score between 3.5-3.9

You may also be required to submit graduate level exam (GRE, MAT or GMAT) scores. See program specific requirements for details.

Tarleton's codes for agency use are:

  • GRE - 6817
  • MAT - 2241

Financial Documentation

Required of students studying on-campus, in the U.S. only: To obtain a Form I-20 for your studies at Tarleton, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, insurance, living expenses, and personal expenses for one full academic year.

You will be required to provide financial documents to prove that you can fund your studies. Students must show funds equal to or greater than $33,673. These totals include the cost of tuition and fees per the tuition estimator, as well as the following: 

Estimated Cost of Attendance Graduate Student (9 Hours)
Tuition, Fees, and Insurance $18,022
Room and Board $11,358
*Other Costs $4,293
Total $33,673

*Other costs include books, transportation, and personal or miscellaneous expenses.

If you are planning to sponsor your spouse and/or children, you must demonstrate that you have the additional funds to support their living expenses: 

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Dependent Spouse $5,500 $6,500
Spouse and Child $9,500 $12,200
Per Additional Child $5,200 $6,200

The financial section on the I-20 is an estimated cost of nine months of study; it is not a reflection of an actual tuition bill. For more information, please visit Business Services.

If you have a sponsor, please also submit an Affidavit of Financial Support.

All financial documents should be submitted to

To obtain a visa, you must have documented evidence of financial solvency. Once you are admitted and financial documentation is approved, you will be mailed an I-20 to apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. Embassy. The I-20 will be mailed at no cost to you through the United States Postal Service. If you want expedited shipment, it is your responsibility to pay for this through eShipGlobal. Please contact for instructions. 


If you choose to stay in one of our Residence Halls, fill out the Housing Application and include a $100 check as a refundable deposit.

Medical Information

Please provide the following medical information:

  • Applicants under the age of 22 are require to submit proof of a Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine to their Magnus Health account in myGateway.
  • Fees for medical insurance will be charged with tuition at the time of registration after full admission. For more information, please visit our insurance webpage.

All F-1 and J-1 international students must have valid medical insurance on file with International Programs. Learn more about health insurance

Authentication of Materials

The Department of Admissions performs authentication of student admissions materials and required identification and immigration documentation. A primary Restricted Party Screening (RPS) is performed by the Department of Admissions for all foreign nationals seeking admission to the university with a secondary screening by Compliance and Strategic Initiatives (CSI), as needed. CSI will seek guidance from the empowered official (EO) and/or System Research and Security Office (RSO) as needed for resolution of concerns and for decision-making regarding admission approval. Foreign persons will not be admitted to the university until they have been cleared through the export control screening process.

Tuition Waivers

If you secure a graduate assistantship, you may be eligible for tuition reduction from non-resident to resident rate (in addition to your GTA stipend). Find out more about assistantships and their requirements on our graduate assistantship page.