Graduate Application Process
First, review our program specific application requirements. Because the application requirements differ from graduate program to graduate program, you will want to become familiar with the requirements for your graduate program.
Next, review our list of graduate programs to verify that the program you intend to pursue is suitable for an international student in F or J status.
Finally, note that Salem State does not offer conditional admission for international graduate applicants, so all required application documents (such as evaluated transcripts or standardized tests) must be submitted in order for your application to be considered.
Additional application requirements for international graduate students
If your degree was completed outside of the US, you must submit a transcript evaluation, even if your transcript is in English. Please request a detailed, course-by-course evaluation, that will show courses, grades, academic degrees, and grade point average. Graduate admissions accepts transcript evaluations from one of these four approved agencies: Center for Educational Documentation, World Education Services, Inc., North American Educational Group, or Educational Credential Evaluators.
If English is not your first language and you have not earned an academic degree where the language of instruction was English, then you must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores.
If you have earned an academic degree at an institution within the United States or at an institution where the language of instruction was English, then your application can be reviewed without TOEFL/IELTS scores.
Salem State does not offer conditional admission to students who have not achieved our minimum required score on the TOEFL or IELTS. Please visit Salem State's intensive English language program if you are still improving your English proficiency.
After you're admitted as an international graduate student
After international graduate students are admitted, our Center for International Education will need other documents such as financial documents or a copy of your passport in order to process your I-20. Please visit our Center for International Education for more information.