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International Applicants

The School of Social Work welcomes interested students from outside of the United States.  International applicants apply using the Graduate Admissions application and must submit the same requirements as domestic students.  

Students whose first language is not English:

An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required. The exam must have been taken within two years of the intended semester of entry.  

  • The minimum computer-based TOEFL score is 213.  Minimum Internet-based TOEFL scores are; Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 21, Listening 17
  • An acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 7

*Please keep in mind that completion of a bachelors or masters degree in the United States does not waive the English language proficiency exam requirement.

Students who have completed their education outside of the US:

Official, translated copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to Rutgers Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.  Applicants are required to obtain an official evaluation of their foreign transcript through an accredited organization such as World Education Services (WES) or Globe Language Services. Transcripts must be certified for authenticity and for U.S. equivalency.

Obtaining a Visa:

International applicants recommended for admission must document total financial resources before an official Certificate of Admission and Eligibility (I-20 and DS-2019) can be issued by graduate admissions. The Office of Graduate Admissions provides Certificates of Admission and Eligibility (I-20 and DS-2019) forms with their notification of admission. Admitted international students must submit a completed financial documentation form.

Any questions regarding international applicant requirements should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at 732-932-7711 or through their online form

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