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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. The following information is provided to assist international students in the admissions process.

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.

If you have work experience of two years or less and your major is business administration, finance, marketing, management, or commerce, you are eligible to apply. Non-business majors are encouraged to learn more about McIntire's M.S. in Commerce. Work experience is not a requirement.

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. 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 is required of all students.

Language Proficiency Test Scores: 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 7.0 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

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.

F-1 OPT Visa

M.S. in Global Commerce graduates who study in the United States on an F-1 visa may be eligible to work in the United States for 12 or more months using OPT (Occupational Practical Training).

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