Graduate Requirements

Application Process for International Graduate Students

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At the University of Hartford, we pride ourselves on being an international campus that is large enough to include students from the United States and more than 65 other countries around the world, yet small enough to provide individual attention to all our students.


With only 10-25 students in a class, we offer an intimate learning environment that promotes discussions and active participation. Our professors are focused on your personal growth and will provide detailed feedback on assignments and opportunities to work on research projects in your area of interest.

International graduate education is an important part of our mission as a leading American university. We hope you will join our community and make the most of your education in the United States.

Required Steps

International applicants are required to submit the following materials as part of their graduate application:

  • Online application: All applicants must submit an online application and supplemental documents according to the program requirements.
  • Application fee: $50 application fee; Common Application System (CAS) applicants are responsible for processing fees charged by CAS; International students applying to The Hartt School have an additional $40 audition fee.

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( member such as WESIEE, or SpanTran. If the transcript is written in English, a course-by-course evaluation is still required, as grading systems vary from country to country.

Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering programs will accept official international transcripts received directly from the institution (transcripts uploaded by the applicant is considered unofficial) but reserve the right to request an evaluation.

Students who are not from majority native-English speaking countries are required to submit English proficiency test scores from TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or Duolingo.

Minimum scores for Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering programs are:

  • TOEFL: minimum overall score of 79 (Internet Based Total)
  • PTE: minimum overall score of 51
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.0
  • Duolingo: minimum combined score of 100

Minimum scores of all other graduate programs are:

  • TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (Internet Based Total)
  • PTE: minimum overall score of 58
  • IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5
  • Duolingo: minimum combined score of 110

You can qualify for the English Proficiency Waiver if you fit one of the following two categories:

  • You are an international applicant from a majority native English-speaking country.
  • You are an international applicant holding a bachelor’s or master's degree from a majority native English-speaking country.

The following countries are considered majority native English-speaking countries. If you are an international student and you are not from one of the countries listed below, you will be required to submit English proficiency test scores:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • Jamaica
  • The Bahamas
  • New Zealand
  • Barbados
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Belize
  • St Lucia
  • Canada
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Dominica
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Grenada
  • United Kingdom
  • Guyana
  • United States of America

Once accepted, international students must submit their deposit prior to an I-20 being issued. The deposit is a prepayment of tuition and will be applied to the student's future tuition bill. If a student’s visa (F1 or J1) is denied, the student should email a copy of the denial letter to to request a refund.

Once you are accepted to the University of Hartford, please visit the Accepted Student Resource page for information on next steps.

After your tuition deposit is paid, you will receive an email with instructions on how to request an I-20.

Students will be required to submit a passport, and financial documents that indicate financial capability and responsibility for at least the first year of enrollment (tuition, fees, and living expenses). Supporting financial documents from a financial institution with current U.S. dollars exchange rates must be provided within 6 months of enrollment. If you are not personally funding your tuition, your sponsor must submit a sponsor certification and submit official financial documentation. If you have questions related to estimated expenses please email

Once your I-20 is issued, the International Center ( will send an email to your University of Hartford email address with instructions to retrieve your I-20.

The University is a SEVP approved institution authorized to enroll F-1 and J-1 students and scholars. For a step-by-step guide to applying for your visa, review the International Center's guide.

The Immunization Record Form must be completed and uploaded to the Health Services Student Portal prior to move in. Forms may be downloaded from Health Services. For more information and access to the portal, visit:

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