International Graduate Students

EMU prepares students to serve and lead in a global context. Our supportive Christian community – rooted in the peace tradition of the Mennonite Church – emphasizes cross-cultural understanding, service to others and sustainable life choices. Our graduates are prepared to witness faithfully, serve compassionately and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.

Deadlines and requirements

A completed application file is due by May 1 for students planning to begin course work in the fall semester. After the May 1 deadline, the admissions office will continue to review application files on an individual basis as long as space is available in the program. Admission will not be considered until application files are complete.

IMPORTANT: Because of the time required to send international mail, it is important that you begin the application process early. It is best to apply nine months before the date you wish to enroll or by January 1 for the fall semester. Because we need at least three months to process your application, the deadline for international applications is May 1. Completed application includes: online application, all supporting documents, financial certification form, and bank letter submitted before the deadline.

Admission checklist

A completed application will include all of the following items:

1. Application form:
Online MA in Biomedicine application. Please complete the application carefully; your full name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth, complete educational history, citizenship, current mailing address and a a permanent address outside of the United States, even if you are currently living or studying in the US.

Application forms should be submitted with the application fee of $50 (U.S.)

Be sure to include the financial certification form. The financial certification form is required in order for EMU to issue a student visa application.

2. Official score reports:

For applicants whose native language is not English, competency in English must be demonstrated by a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or comparable English test (i.e. IELTS). EMU’s institutional code is 5181. See information on EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP).

3. Academic transcripts:

Official post secondary/university transcripts, exam reports, and/or diplomas with certified original signatures and/or seals. All documents must be in certified English translations if they are not in English.

All non-U.S. post secondary university transcripts need to be evaluated in order for EMU to accept those credits. We recommend using Education Evaluators International or World Educational Services.

4. Letters of recommendation:

Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter from an employer/supervisor and one letter from an academic reference. Each letter must be in English. Please have your reference sign across the sealed flap of the envelope.

Other things to do

  • Make copies of all application materials for your own records!
  • Learn about financial assistance available to international students at EMU
  • Online student application

Intensive English Program

Performing in university-level classes requires a high level of English ability. To be admitted to an EMU degree program, international students must hold an IELTS score of 6.5 and must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a score of at least 550 paper based or 79 internet based. Students whose score is less than 500 (61 internet-based) on the TOEFL exam are welcome to enroll in EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP). The IEP helps students achieve the level of English skill required to succeed in a degree program. Upon successful completion of the IEP, up to 15 credits may be applied to a degree program.