Graduate Admissions – International

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.

Program Options

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

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 a member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), 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, iTEP, and Duolingo English proficiency scores. Scores can be no more than two years old

  • 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
  • TOEFL Essentials: minimum score 8
  • Duolingo: minimum score 105

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 $34,714. These totals include the cost of tuition and fees per the tuition estimator, as well as the following: 

Estimated Cost of AttendanceGraduate Student (9 Hours)
Tuition, Fees, and Insurance$18,104
Room and Board$12,117
*Other Costs$4,493
Estimated Cost of AttendanceDoctoral Student (9 hours)
Tuition, Fees, and Insurance$13,161
Room and Board$12,117
*Other Costs$4,493

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

If you will reside with a U.S. sponsor near one of our campus locations, please submit our U.S. Provider’s Living Expenses Affidavit. If approved, this affidavit will substitute for showing evidence of the funding required for living expenses (i.e., room and board).

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: 

 DependentAll Campuses
First Dependent$13,069
Second Dependent$7,843
Third Dependent$7,036
Per Additional Dependent$1,616

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 [email protected].

To obtain a visa, you must have documented evidence of financial solvency. Once you are admitted and financial documentation is approved, you will be emailed an I-20 to apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. Embassy. The I-20 will be emailed to the email address that you provide on your admission application. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.


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 Med+Proctor 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.