International Applicants

TOEFL/IELTS Language Testing Requirements

If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam.
TOEFL Score Requirements:
Minimum scores for the TOEFL are: paper based (PBT): 580; computer based (CBT): 237; Internet based (IBT): 92-93. Our TOEFL code is 2506. We will accept an unofficial score until the official one arrives.
IELTS Score Requirements:
Admission criteria for the IELTS is an overall score of 7.0 or higher (no individual scores less than 7 in any category).

These exams (TOEFL and IELTS) should be taken far enough in advance of the term in which the applicant wishes to be admitted.

An application is not complete until all official scores are submitted and they must be submitted by the printed deadlines.

Test scores (both TOEFL and IELTS) are considered valid for two years.

Applicants residing in the New York City area may take their English proficiency test at NYU's American Language Institute, located at 48 Cooper Square, Room 200, New York, NY 10003-7154, U.S.A. An appointment to take the test may be made by telephoning (212) 998-7040. Learn more about ALI and its services. Please visit the Office of Global Services for more information.


  • Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution where the language of instruction during their entire undergraduate program was exclusively English, regardless of country, are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.

  • Applicants that are U.S. Permanent Residence and have received their undergraduate degree from a US Institution.

International Credential Evaluation

All foreign academic records must be submitted with official translation to English or a notarized translation to English must be included along with official transcripts from international institutions.

All applicants with international credentials are required to include a professional Course-by-Course evaluation of the degree to determine if it is equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree.

We accept foreign credentials evaluated by companies listed on the NACES website. The credential evaluation process can take a while to complete, so applicant are advised to submit their credentials to one of these companies far in advance of the term in which the applicant wishes to be admitted.

Applications without credential evaluations will not be reviewed for admission.

International applicants applying to the Advanced Standing program, whose undergraduate social work degree is NOT from a US Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution or a Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE)-ACFTS accredited institution will need to have their international credentials evaluated by the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation to determine if their international degree in social work is comparable to an accredited baccalaureate in social work in the United States. More information about the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service can be found at the CSWE International Degree Review website.


  • Applicants that have earned a degree from a Canadian institution.

  • Applicants that took less than 12-semester credits as part of a study abroad program

  • Applicants that took 12 or more semester credits as part of a study abroad program AND whose grades and credits appear on a U.S. academic institution’s transcript.