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International Requirements

If you are seeking admission to an online degree program, you must meet the following three levels of admission requirements (conditional, provisional, full) in order to be fully admitted to Ashford University.

Conditional Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

The Conditional Admission period for an undergraduate degree program is intended to ensure that you are familiar with classroom expectations, time and technology requirements, and other factors that may impact your experience as a student. It also allows you time to determine, risk free, whether Ashford is the right university for you. 

If you are seeking first-time international admission to an undergraduate degree program, you must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of your first course at Ashford University:

  • Earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services.
    • Qualified applicants will self-certify as to their high school education on the application for admission.
    • If no high school diploma was earned, if you have successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution, as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, you may be admitted.
  • Have access to a computer with an Internet connection for the Web-based programs and meet the minimum technology and minimum computer skills, abilities, features, system configurations, hardware, and software outlined in the Catalog.
  • Be 22 years of age or older, or be exempt from this requirement by meeting one of the following criteria:
    • Earned a minimum of 20 transferable credits* as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies; or
    • Earned 0-19 transferable credits and successfully completed the Student Success Orientation.

Due to the accelerated, adult-learner focus of the academic programs offered in the online modality, if you are under the age of 18, generally you will not be admitted.

*If satisfying the Under 22 exemption with 20 transferable credits, unofficial transcripts must be submitted with the Application for Admission.

  • Have the ability to study English indicated by one of the following**:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 500 paper-based or 61 Internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6 is required. Copies of official scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted for full admission;
    • Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English***; or
    • A minimum of 30 credits have been earned from regionally or approved nationally accredited colleges/universities in the United States or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English.

**Satisfying the English Language Requirement does not exempt a student who earned his/her high school diploma outside of the United States from the additional admission requirements for applicants with international academic credentials.

***If satisfying the English Language Requirement through a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent not completed in the United States, additional documentation may be required. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for further information.

Additional Conditional Admission Requirements for Applicants with International Academic Credentials

The following requirements are applicable to applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission. Please note that visa services are not provided and that the University will not vouch for a nonimmigrant alien student’s status or associated charges. In addition to the conditional admission requirements outlined in the admission policy for undergraduate degree programs, copies of documentation indicating that the student meets the following admission requirements are required for conditional admission. Documentation must be submitted at time of application:

  • Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student has met one of the following requirements:
    • Completion of a two-year program from an appropriately accredited post-secondary institution, as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies
    • A record of having achieved the equivalency of a United States high school diploma.
  • All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:
    • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); OR
    • World Education Services (WES).

Note: Applicants who have already had their international credentials evaluated prior to applying to Ashford University may petition the Office of the Registrar for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies.

Master’s Degree

The Conditional Admission period is intended to ensure that you are familiar with classroom expectations, time and technology requirements and other factors that may impact your experience as a student. It also allows you time to determine, risk free, whether Ashford is the right university for you. 

If you are seeking first-time international admission to any master’s degree program, you must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of your first course at Ashford University.

  • Must have a regionally or approved nationally accredited bachelor's degree or post-graduate degree with minimum GPA of 2.0. 
  • Have access to a computer with an Internet connection for the Web-based programs and meet the minimum technology and minimum computer skills, abilities, features, system configurations, hardware, and software outlined in the General Academic Information & Policies section of the Academic Catalog;
  • Have the ability to study in English indicated by one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies of official scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted prior to full admission; or
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree in which the primary language of instruction was English.

You are conditionally admitted to a master’s degree program when you submit a completed application indicating that you meet admission requirements outlined for that program and are approved by the Registrar’s Office. When you are in a conditional admission status, you are not eligible for Title IV funds and are not considered a regular student until granted provisional or full admission.

Doctoral Degree

The Conditional Admission period is intended to ensure that you are familiar with classroom expectations, time and technology requirements, and other factors that may impact your experience as a student. It also allows you time to determine, risk free, whether Ashford is the right university for you. 

If you are seeking first-time international admission to any doctoral degree program, you must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of your first course at Ashford University.

  • Have a master’s degree from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned doctoral degree from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution. 
  • Have access to a computer with an Internet connection for the Web-based programs and meet the minimum technology requirements and minimum computer skills, abilities, features, system configurations, hardware, and software outlined in the General Academic Information & Policies section of the Academic Catalog.
  • Have the ability to study in English indicated by one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies of unofficial scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted prior to full admission.
    • Earned a bachelor's degree in which the primary language of instruction was English.

You are conditionally admitted to a doctoral degree program when you submit a completed application indicating that you meet admission requirements outlined for that program and are approved by the Registrar’s Office. As an applicant in a conditional admission status, you are not eligible for Title IV funds and are not considered a regular student until granted provisional or full admission.

Provisional Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

You must meet the following requirements in order to be provisionally admitted to an undergraduate degree program at Ashford University:

  • Successfully complete Student Success Orientation, if required*;
  • Attain a cumulative grade of C- or better by Day 6 of Week 3 in the course; and
  • Attend week 4 of the first course.

Attendance in week 4 constitutes your confirmation of your intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Please refer to the Ashford Promise for additional information.

*You are required to successfully complete Student Success Orientation if you are pursuing an associate degree program or a) have zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits at the time of application, or b) are under age 22 and have 0- 19 transferable credits.

Master’s Degree

You must attend beyond Week 3 of your first course in order to be provisionally admitted to a master’s degree program at Ashford University. Attendance past Week 3 constitutes your confirmation of your intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Upon attendance beyond Week 3 of your first course, you are considered a matriculated, regular student in your degree program. Please refer to the Ashford Promise for additional information.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

The following requirements are applicable to international applicants and applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to the programs offered through the online modality. Please note that visa services are not provided for enrollment in online programs and that the University will not vouch for a nonimmigrant alien student’s status or associated charges.

Provisional Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for provisional admission outlined in the admission policy for graduate programs, copies of documentation indicating that the student meets the following admission requirements are required for provisional admission:

  • Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student has met the following requirements:
  • The equivalent of a regionally or approved nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree from the United States.
  • The requirement for official evaluation of the Bachelor’s degree may be waived when a Master’s degree has been earned at an appropriately accredited university in the United States.

All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:

  • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); OR
  • World Education Services (WES)

Note: Students who have already had their international credentials evaluated prior to applying to Ashford University may petition the Office of the Registrar for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies.

Doctoral Degree

You must attend beyond Week 3 of their first course in order to be provisionally admitted to a doctoral degree program at Ashford University. Attendance beyond Week 3 constitutes your confirmation of your intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Upon attendance beyond Week 3 of their first course, you are considered a matriculated, regular student in your degree program. If you meet the requirements for Full Admission, you will be fully admitted into the degree program.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

The following requirements are applicable to international applicants and applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to the programs offered through the online modality. Please note that visa services are not provided for enrollment in online programs and that the University will not vouch for a nonimmigrant alien student’s status or associated charges.

Provisional Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for provisional admission outlined in the admission policy for doctoral programs, copies of documentation indicating that you meet the following admission requirements are required for provisional admission:

  • Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that you have met the following requirements:
  • The equivalent of a regionally or approved nationally accredited master’s degree from the United States.
  • The requirement for official evaluation of the master’s degree may be waived when a doctoral degree has been earned at an appropriately accredited university in the United States.

All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:

  • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); OR
  • World Education Services (WES)

Note: If you have already had your international credentials evaluated prior to applying to Ashford University, you may petition the Office of the Registrar for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies.

Full Requirements

Undergraduate Degree

The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of the fourth (4th) attempted Ashford University course in a degree seeking program. To start the fifth (5th) course, you must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission.
  • If you meet the English Language requirement with 30 transferable credits, you must submit the official transcript(s) where these credits were earned.
  • If you were provisionally admitted with completion of a two-year program from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies you must have official transcripts of those credits on file to meet full admissions requirements.

Additional Full Admission Requirements for Applicants with International Academic Credentials

In addition to the requirements for full admission outlined in the admission policy for undergraduate degree programs, applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States must submit an official evaluation sent direct directly from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student meets full admission requirements (student copies are not accepted) prior to the conclusion of the fourth (4th) attempted Ashford University course (equivalent to one academic term). To start the fifth (5th) course, applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States must complete this requirement or they will be withdrawn from the program.

Students who do not meet all requirements will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program. Students may be readmitted to Ashford University at such time that all requirements for full admission have been met. If the aforementioned required documentation does not apply, you are fully admitted at the time of the transfer credit evaluation, in accordance with the Transfer Credit Evaluation policy. If you have no history of postsecondary education, you are fully admitted upon successful completion of the Conditional Admission Period. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Full Admission.

Master’s Degree

The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of your third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course in a master’s degree program. To start the fourth (4th) course, you must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined and must meet all admissions requirements applicable to your specific degree program. If you do not complete all requirements you will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program.

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Full Admission.

Submission of an official transcript showing a regionally or approved nationally accredited Bachelor's degree or post-graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0 with a degree conferral date prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University.

Doctoral Degree

The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course in a degree seeking program. To start the fourth (4th) course, you must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined and must meet all admissions requirements applicable to your specific degree program. If you do not complete all requirements, you will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program.

  • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission.
  • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution that awarded the master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an official transcript from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution that awarded a doctoral degree, with a degree conferral date prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

The following requirements are applicable to international applicants and applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to the programs offered through the online modality. Please note that visa services are not provided for enrollment in online programs and that the University will not vouch for a nonimmigrant alien student’s status or associated charges.

Full Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for full admission outlined in the admission policy for doctoral programs, as an international student, you must submit an official evaluation sent directly from an approved evaluation service indicating that you meet the full admission requirements (student copies are not accepted) prior to the conclusion of three (3) Ashford University courses (equivalent to one academic term) if that institution is where your graduate degree was earned. To begin the fourth (4th) Ashford University course, as an international student, you must complete the requirement or you will be withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course.