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International Applicants

An international applicant is anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at the time of application to the University of Virginia. The following information is provided to assist international students in the admissions process and assist admitted students as they transition to the University of Virginia. International applicants must submit all required materials in order for their application to be considered complete. In addition, they must also submit a course-by-course credential evaluation if they studied outside of the United States as well as an English language test if not a native English speaker. 

Applying for Admission 

International students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow ample time to apply for a student visa if admitted to the program. We strongly recommend international students currently studying outside the United States apply by the Jan. 1 deadline, allowing an extra two to four weeks for applications to be processed. 

If your undergraduate degree is before December 2017 or your major is business administration, finance, marketing, management, or commerce, you are not eligible to apply. Business majors are encouraged to learn more about the McIntire School's M.S. in Global Commerce.

Mailing Address

Graduate Programs Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Attn: Cathy Fox 

Physical Address

Graduate Programs Office
McIntire School of Commerce
University of Virginia
125 Ruppel Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Attn: Cathy Fox 
 
Credential Evaluation

Students who completed coursework outside of the United States must submit a professional, course-by-course credential evaluation of their official transcripts. This evaluation must be performed by a professional credential evaluator, with the report sent directly from the evaluator to the McIntire School of Commerce at one of the addresses above. No exceptions are made. International applications will not be considered complete without the course-by-course credential evaluation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Policy
International applicants completing a three-year bachelor's degree will be considered for admission if deemed equivalent by a professional credential evaluator. For students studying in India, for example, WES' equivalency policy is detailed here.

English Language Test

Much of a student’s time in the McIntire School of Commerce is spent collaborating, discussing, and presenting work orally as well as in writing. As a result, a high level of oral and written English communication skills are required of all students.

There are a number of ways for non-native English speakers to demonstrate their oral and written English language ability.

1. Language Proficiency Test Scores (required, unless you meet the conditions of #3 below): International applicants are required to submit official scores from an English language test. We accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To be competitive, your TOEFL score must be a minimum of 250 (online) or 100 (iBt), or a minimum overall band score of 7.5 for IELTS. 

  • TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically to the University of Virginia code B626. In order to search for the code, use “Institution” and select “University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.” We do not accept paper-based TOEFL scores.

  • Electronic IELTS scores must be submitted to our Electronic Download account directly by the IELTS test center. An institution code for IELTS is NOT required. Please provide the following information to the test center when requesting your scores:

    ° E-download account name: University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
    ° E-download account address: 125 Ruppel Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22903

2. InitialView Interview (optional): Applicants are encouraged to use InitialView to provide a recorded interview and writing sample as additional evidence of their English language proficiency. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview or writing sample. This evaluation is done by our admission office. Although this is not required, it is an excellent way to add another dimension to your candidacy and expedite the application review process. Learn more about InitialView at www.initialview.com. Please arrange to have your interview and writing sample completed well in advance of the admission deadline.

3. Language Proficiency Test Waiver: International students, whose primary language is not English, and who will complete an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university that included a minimum of two years of residency in the U.S. are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score. The admissions committee reserves the right to request a TOEFL or IELTS test score from any candidate to assist in the assessment of English language proficiency.

Transitioning Successfully

We strongly recommend all international students consider taking advantage of a summer language institute offered by the University of Virginia. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is an intensive language and culture course designed for non-native speakers of English who have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Virginia.  

Language Consulting Program

The Center for American English Language and Culture provides student language consultants who are native speakers of English interested in getting to know international students, staff, and scholars. Once you arrive at UVA, they offer opportunities to practice English, learn more about United States culture, and make new friends. Most conversation groups typically consist of one student language consultant and two international students, staff, or scholars. Conversation groups meet one hour per week beginning in September through the final week of classes fall term.

F-1 OPT Visa and STEM 

The M.S. in Commerce is a STEM-designated program. Programs with a STEM designation offer eligibility to international students with F-1 visa status to remain in the U.S. longer after graduation. All international students are eligible to apply for up to 12 months of work authorization; however, graduates of a STEM-designated program have the opportunity to apply for an additional 24 months on an optional practical training (OPT) extension, provided their employer petitions for an H1B visa. 

We encourage you to visit the Graduate Record, found at the UVA University Registrar website, to view official policies and procedures for McIntire School of Commerce graduate programs