International Applicants

For admissions purposes, non-U.S. applicants are those individuals who meet one of the criteria below:

  • Green Card or Visa holders
  • Applicants with international credentials, i.e. attended an institution outside of the U.S.

Application Process

English Proficiency/TOEFL – Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, a non-U.S. applicant whose native language is other than English must submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


Neither the TOEFL nor the IELTS is required of U.S. naturalized citizens or international applicants who have received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Documentation of citizenship status or proof of a U.S. degree must accompany the application. The communication skills of all students are key to their success in our graduate programs.


We require TOEFL scores of 90 or higher. To electronically send TOEFL scores to our office, please use the college’s TOEFL code number for master’s-level programs (5251) and the college’s department code number (02).


We require IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher. Please send all IELTS scores to:
Georgia State University
Graduate Recruiting and Student Services
P.O. Box 3988
Atlanta, GA 30302-3988

Countries where English is the one-and-only language

The TOEFL and IELTS are not required for:

  • Australia
  • Jamaica
  • Bahamas
  • Kenya
  • Barbados
  • New Zealand
  • Canada, excluding Quebec*
  • St. Lucia
  • Ghana
  • St. Vincent
  • Great Britain
  • Seychelles
  • Grenada
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Guyana
  • U.S. Territories, excluding Puerto Rico**
  • Ireland

*Quebec is primarily French-speaking
**Puerto Rico is primarily Spanish-speaking

Intensive English Program

Georgia State’s Intensive English Program (IEP) can help you improve your English skills in order to meet Robinson’s admissions requirements. If you are interested in participating, visit the IEP website for information about classes, tuition/fees, and housing. If you have a question about the IEP, contact

Academic Credentials

Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad may be required to have their foreign credentials evaluated by Josef Silny, Educational Credential Evaluators or WES (World Education Services). Please see the stipulations below:

  • If degree transcripts are not in English, the transcripts must be translated.
  • If it is a three-year degree, credential evaluation is required.
  • If it is a four-year degree, the student should submit transcripts to be reviewed by an international admissions coordinator. Whether or not the transcripts will need to be evaluated is up to the discretion of the international admissions coordinator.

Please note that an evaluation is generally not required of applicants who submit their transcripts in English, but under some circumstances it is required. Applicants should submit their transcripts as early as possible along with their applications, and will be notified if an evaluation is needed.

Financial Resources

Once applicants have been admitted, they will receive information from International Student and Scholar Services about how to obtain an I-20.

In order to obtain the I-20 a student must submit documentation that proves his or her ability to meet the financial requirements to International Student and Scholar Services. If you have questions regarding the submission of financial documents, please contact Georgia State’s international admissions coordinator at 404-413-2070 or

Continuation of the visa after the first calendar year may require further documentation.

Please note that the I-20 amount required is just an estimate of the cost of attending a program.

The I-20 amount is not a bill.

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate research assistantships are available, but the amount of the stipend is not enough to cover all expenses. Also, because the assistantships depend on funding that is not guaranteed, they cannot be counted toward the minimum financial resources required for issuing a form I-20; they are awarded on a competitive basis after admission has been granted.

Full-Time Course Load

The international student with a student visa is required to carry a full course load in the fall and spring semesters; the summer semester can be a vacation semester or a semester with a reduced course load. If a student receives an assistantship during the summer semester, he/she must meet the minimum course load.

A full course of study at Georgia State University is 12 hours for undergraduate students and nine hours for graduate students. International students cannot be admitted as non-degree students.


If you have any additional questions as an international applicant, please email us at