International Applicants


At Saint Joseph’s you will be encouraged to seek your place in the global community, to explore themes of ethics and social justice, and to stretch your intellectual boundaries in both theory and practice. Saint Joseph's University, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is currently ranked #8 for regional universities in the north by US News and World Reports. The graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences will push you to achieve your academic and personal ambitions supported by a community of creative and highly intelligent faculty and students.  Our commitment to academic rigor assures you will be challenged by thought-provoking professors, demanding course work, and practical learning opportunities in your chosen field of study.

SJU Graduate Studies does not accept applications from international students for the following graduate programs:  Homeland Security, Public Safety Management, and Environment Protection and Safety Management, Education Prek-4, 4-8, or 7-12, Special Education.

International Students are considered for admission in the fall and spring semesters only. The Doctorate of Education Program is the exception to this policy.

Click here to download: "An Introduction for International Students"--a PDF brochure guide for International Graduate Applicants

Application Deadlines for International Graduate Applicants

Fall (August)

April 15

Spring (January)

October 15

Summer (May)

February 15



Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

March 1

MS Biology

Applicants for Fall admission are strongly encouraged to apply by March 15

MS Computer Science (no summer start)

Fall (August) July 15, Spring (January) November 15

MS Psychology*

March 1

* The MS Biology and  MS Psychology program admits new students in the Fall Semester only. The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership admits students on a summer cohort schedule. Please visit the program pages for further information.



International applicants (seeking or holding non-immigrant visas) intending degree-seeking study must complete and submit the Application Form, along with all credentials and the required $35 USD application fee directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Credential/Document Evaluations - International applicants are not required to submit a credentials evaluation; transcript evaluations will be performed by Graduate Operations. However, applicants already possessing a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts are encouraged to submit this in place of original transcripts. For those who do not possess a course-by-course evaluation, an official record of all college and university academic studies and results of state and/or national examinations taken are required. Academic records must include the name of each individual course, the grade earned, and the grading scale used. Documents must be submitted in one's native language with an official English translation. The Graduate Operations Office performs all international credential evaluations. Foreign documents, credentials and transcripts must be official (sealed and sent directly from the institution). Only originals or photocopies officially stamped and attested by a school official (Registrar, Principal, or Controller of Examinations) are accepted. Faxes, scanned or notarized copies or copies attested by a department head cannot be accepted as official. All credentials submitted to the Graduate Operations Office become property of the University and cannot be returned.


Standardized Test Scores - Official test score reports - TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc. (only necessary if required by program) - must be sent directly to Saint Joseph's University. Our TOEFL & GRE code is 2801. Our MAT code is 1663. Our GMAT codes are as follows:



MS Business Intelligence


MS Human Resource Management


MS Financial Services


MS International Marketing



English Proficiency - Applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency if their native spoken language is not English. Fulfillment of any one of the following requirements will satisfy English language proficiency requirements.


Proof of English language proficiency:

  • Submission of one of the following: TOEFL paper-based score of 550, computer-based score of 213, or internet-based score of 79; or IELTS score of 6.5. (For more information visit
    • Applicants who are submitting iBT TOEFL (internet based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
    • Applicants who are submitting a paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.
    •  Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening, and writing sections.
  • Successful completion of Level 112 of the intensive program at an approved ELS Center accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the Academic Director. For information on the Saint Joseph's ELS Center visit . To find a listing of ELS Centers visit
  • An interview may be required for applicants who do satisfy all ELS requirements in order to grant full admission.


ELS Center - The ELS Center, located on the main campus of Saint Joseph's University, is one of over 40 ELS locations in the United States. Students may submit proof of completion of ELS Level 112 from any ELS Center in the United States or overseas to satisfy SJU English language proficiency requirements. New ELS sessions begin every month. Further information is available at or



1.     Completed Application Form with $35 application fee.  Online Application Form.

2.     Official transcripts/credentials of all college and university academic course work in English and your native language. 

        or Official course-by-course evaluation.

3.     Proof of English proficiency.

4.     Personal Statement: a letter of interntion or outline of one's professional goals and educational objectives for attending the university.

5.     Two letters of recommendation.

6.     If seeking F or J visa, set of original, supporting financial documents. Access our International Student Agreement form.

7.     Official GRE or GMAT score report, if required by your program.

Any additional documents as required by your program (Resume, Writing Samples, 3rd Letter of Recommendation, etc.)