International Students

Special Information for International Students

The United States Department of Homeland Security imposes restrictions on course loads and employment for international students:

International Students must be enrolled full-time students with at least 9 credits per semester. All full-time students will be required to participate in an internship component for 3-6 credits.
*All international students MUST have their transcripts translated and evaluated by WES or ECE.
Please visit the following websites to learn more about policies and regulations for International Students:
Rutgers University - Newark
Office of International Student and Scholar Services
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
RGlobal - International Student and Scholar Services

Rutgers University - Camden
Division of Student Affairs - International Students


TOEFL Requirements

TOEFL or IELTS is required for all applicants who completed their undergraduate education in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master’s-level degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking country, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS test. Only scores less than 2 years old will be accepted.
The only exemptions are undergraduates from US institutions and international applicants coming from English is the primary language. For example, a 4-year undergraduate degree from a U.S. college or university satisfies the requirement. Applications missing the required scores may not be reviewed by the admissions committee.
The minimum paper based TOEFL score is: 577.
The minimum computer based TOEFL score is: 233.
The minimum IBT-internet based TOEFL is as follows:
Writing: 22
Speaking: 23
Reading: 21
Listening: 17
The acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth: 7.0.
Individual concentrations may have higher requirements so, please check the concentration page of your interest before applying. Please contact us at for more information.

*All international students must take an English language exam upon arrival. Based on the score received, you may be required to take the PALS course.

You can also learn more on our Frequently Asked Questions page, or the international student section on the Graduate Admissions page.