A graduate international student must hold at minimum a four year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and is able to demonstrate English proficiency, both written and oral by submitting an official TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Admission process

Please visit the admissions tab for information regarding the application review process. The Graduate School will only offer admission to international students for Fall and Spring semesters.


Because international students have visa requirements, please ensure that you apply by the graduate program’s deadline or if a deadline is not posted by March 1 for Fall semester or October 1 for Spring semester. The Graduate School cannot guarantee that an application will be processed in time for the semester requested if it is received after the deadline. For questions about the i-20 process, please contact International Student and Scholar Services.

International student admission categories

NMSU offers two admission categories for international graduate students:

  1. Full admission: The international student’s TOEFL test score is 550 PBT or 79 IBT, or 6.5 on IELTS.
  2. Conditional admission (requires additional academic English coursework): TOEFL test scores are between 549-520 PBT, or 78-68 IBT, or 6.0 on IELTS.

Transcript evaluation

Graduate School does not require transcript evaluations as part of the application process but reserves the right to have academic records evaluated by NMSU’s in-house evaluator. If the evaluation by the administrative units do not correspond to the applicant’s idea of equivalency then the applicant is welcome to have the academic record evaluated by a third party evaluator, which must be a recognized member of the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES). Academic records sent for third party evaluation should request a course-by-course evaluation as well as degree level achieved. NMSU nor the Graduate School accept responsibility for any fees pertaining to third party evaluations.

English test score waiver

International students are waived from the English language test requirement if they have received a university degree in the U.S. or from one of the following countries (listed below), or have attended a U.S. college/university as a full-time student for a minimum of one academic year resulting in 30 academic credits.

Canada (Quebec excepted)

Fiji/Papua New Guinea
Grand Cayman Islands

New Zealand
South Africa
St. Kitt & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Virgin Islands