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. 

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.

For applicants whose native language is not English, a 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required. Applicants who have studied and received a degree from a college or university where all instruction is in English are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Admission checklist

A completed application will include all of the following items:

1. Application form:

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 permanent address outside of the United States, even if you are currently living or studying in the US.

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 academic references are preferred, with one from a natural science professor. If unable to secure two academic references, one from employer/supervisor will be accepted. Each letter must be in English. Please have your reference sign across the sealed flap of the envelope.

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