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Information for International Graduate Applicants

MICA's graduate community is home to over 60 international students from 15 different countries. The guidelines provided here will help international candidates prepare their application.

Application Requirements for International Students

All international applicants are required to submit the following information:

1. Proof of English Language Proficiency

In addition to the general application requirements, all applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The following are acceptable methods to demonstrate English proficiency:

A. TOEFL: A minimum overall band score of 80 on the IBT Test of English Language as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for full admission. Additionally, minimum scores of 20 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. International applicants must submit their test scores in hard copy. MICA's institution code is 5399.

B. IELTS: A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Additionally, minimum scores of 6.0 on the writing, reading and listening subsections are required. IELTS scores must be submitted in hard copy. MICA's institution code is 5399.

The Office of Graduate Admission will consider waiving the Proof of English Language Proficiency requirements for students who have earned a degree at an accreditted instutition at which English is the medium of instruction. Students seeking this waiver must submit documentation of the medium of instruction and submit a written request on the International Applicants form as part of the application process.

If your TOEFL/IELTS score falls in a range just below the minimum, and your application is otherwise acceptable, your application will be considered incomplete and your admission deadline will be extended to give you time to re-take the test. Other options for you to be considered for full admission may include an interview and written test with MICA faculty, ELL specialists or admission professionals, or the submission of other supporting admission materials as requested.

Please note that all applicants whose primary language is not English will be required to participate in an admission interview if selected as finalists.

2. Certified Translations of non-English Documents

If transcripts, degrees, recommendation letters or other official documents are not issued in English, international applicants are required to submit certified translations. The Office of Graduate Admission recommends World Education Services for educational document translation. Questions or concerns about official application documents can be directed to graduate@mica.edu.

3. Immigration and I-20 Information

No immigration, financial or visa documentation is required at the time of application. International candidates that receive an offer of admission will also receive the required forms as part of their admission packet.

This page was last updated on 06/25/2018.

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    Want to learn more about MICA's graduate programs and community, but can't travel to Baltimore? The Office of Graduate Admission invites all prospective applicants to join admission representatives, current students and graduate faculty for an Online Information Session. Topics vary from specific programs to general overviews to application assistance.