International Graduate Students

SUNY Empire State College is unable to issue I-20s to students who require an F-1 student visa to come to the U.S. If you wish to live in the U.S. to study, please see other State University of New York options at www.suny.edu. If you have questions about your visa status or eligibility to study at SUNY Empire State College, email admissions at admissions@esc.edu or call 800-847-3000.

International graduate students may apply and enroll, if accepted, to any of these online degree or certificate programs:

Master’s Degrees

Advanced Certificates

Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended are submitted to the admissions office. Transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Empire State College graduates do not need to request a transcript. One will automatically be placed in their application folder.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency. The School for Graduate Studies will accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores taken within the last three years. You must score within the range of 79-94 on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT), or 6.5-7 on the IELTS to be considered for admission to the Empire State College graduate programs. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution where the instruction was given in English may be exempt.

Canadian Border Commuters

Canadian border commuter graduate students may also apply to any of the graduate programs that require attendance at weekend residencies.

Proof of Immunization (required for enrollment)

You must comply with the New York state public health law requiring proof of immunization for measles, mumps and rubella if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1957. Exceptions to this law include demonstrated medical or religious reasons.

School for Graduate Study students taking only online courses, and who have no face-to-face contact with other students or faculty (i.e., residencies, group meetings, observations), are exempt from immunization requirements.

Contact Us

800-847-3000