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International Graduate Student Admission

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International Graduate Student Application Requirements

At Agnes Scott, we value the perspectives of those with diverse backgrounds and believe that the experiences of international students enhance our academic community. Applications for Agnes Scott’s graduate programs are open for international applicants! The graduate admission committee looks forward to reviewing your completed application for an admission decision. Please review the information below, as the application process for international students includes a few additional steps.




We understand that the effects of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) are causing TOEFL/IELTS testing center and university closings around the world. We want to assure you we are still available to help you through the application process. If you expect a delay with any of your application materials, please contact us at Please review the important announcements below if you expect a possible English proficiency score report or transcript submission delay.

About submitting university transcripts/credential evaluations:

  • If you attended a non-U.S. institution for your bachelor’s degree or graduate coursework, and are experiencing delays with your foreign credential evaluation(s), please contact us at for assistance. We will review these situations on a case-by-case basis.
  • If you requested official transcripts or foreign credential evaluations to be mailed to us and they aren't appearing on your application checklist, there will likely be a delay in processing. Please upload copies of your transcripts directly to your application portal, or email them to
  • For transcripts from U.S. institutions, if your university is closed and you are unable to request official transcripts, please upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your application portal or contact for assistance.

International Students Required to Submit Proof of English Proficiency:

  • The Duolingo English Test, TOEFL or IETLS are required for consideration into our graduate programs if you have not met the English language proficiency requirement, as noted on the Proof of English Proficiency tab below.
  • If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS but have not received your official scores, we will accept a copy of your unofficial score report for the application review process. Upload the copy to your application portal or email it to us at
  • If your test site has closed and cancelled your appointment, we recommend contacting TOEFL or IELTS to inquire about online test options, or you may complete the online Duolingo English Test. Your results should be sent electronically to Agnes Scott College - Graduate Admissions. 

See the official Agnes Scott College COVID-19 Resource page for the most up-to-date information about how the college is responding to this situation. 



Below is a summary list of all international application requirements for admission consideration into one of our graduate programs. See the corresponding tabs below for details about each requirement:

  • Complete online application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Writing Sample, if applying into the Writing and Digital Communication Program
  • Transcripts
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • International Graduate Student Certification of Finances



Complete Online Application

All materials should be submitted through your online application or uploaded to the application portal after application submission. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly by recommenders through the online form they will receive via email. 

Materials that can be uploaded to your online application before submission include:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume/CV

Materials that must be uploaded to the application portal after submission include:
  • International Graduate Certification of Finances
  • Copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework, if attended a U.S. institution
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional resume/CV
  • Writing sample, if applying to Writing and Digital Communication


Two Letters of Recommendation

Enter the full contact information and email address for at least two recommenders. Once entered, your designees will receive an email from Agnes Scott College Admission (

Recommenders should be either academic or professional references. Personal references will not be considered. 

Statement of Purpose (maximum 800 words)

The statement of purpose should explain your reason for applying to a graduate program at Agnes Scott. Many applicants discuss current and future career goals and how the program will help them reach those goals. We encourage you to cite relevant professional, academic and personal experience(s) that led you to apply and prepared you for the program. The statement should not exceed 800 words and must be written in English.

Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Resume can include part-time and/or full-time positions, internships, and/or volunteer work 
  • If enrolled in the program, your resume or CV will be shared with your graduate career coach


Writing Sample (applies only for application to Writing and Digital Communication)

Applicants applying to the Writing and Digital Communication master’s or certificate programs need to provide a writing sample, totaling 10-15 pages and written in English. Writing samples can be from a variety of genres and formats, but should showcase what you believe to best reflect your current writing ability. You may submit a combined collection of work, an excerpt from a longer piece or one complete written piece.

You must upload a pdf of your writing sample to the application portal after you submit your online application.


Submit official or copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts should be from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States. We do not require high school transcripts.

Copies of transcripts can be uploaded directly to your application portal after submission, sent electronically to We recommend all submissions be sent electronically.

If it is not possible to send electronically, they can be sent via mail to the address below. Please note: mailed documents will delay application processing. 

Office of Graduate and Extended Programs
Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030


If transcripts are from a non-U.S. institution, an official Evaluation of Foreign Credentials is required with transcripts.
All international applicants must be able to document their degree from a non-U.S. institution as being equivalent to that of a four-year bachelor’s degree awarded by an accredited United States college or university. Regardless of the country of origin or native language, applicants must have their foreign credentials evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, such as World Education Services ( or equivalent. The evaluation must include: course by course description, documenting equivalence to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree (or the number of years toward completion and grade point average). Evaluations need to be submitted directly to Agnes Scott from the evaluating member organization for admission consideration.

English Language Proficiency

The English language proficiency requirement at Agnes Scott can be met through one of the following ways:

  1. Your country of origin is also an English-speaking country and English is your native language. English test scores are not required of applicants from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), the Grenadines, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom, United States
  2. You have earned at least one of the following: 
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher education
    2. A 2-year master’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher education
  3. You have submitted satisfactory scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS, as noted below:


Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test. Taken via a computer with a camera, the test includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session, and should be submitted electronically directly to Agnes Scott College - Graduate Admissions. A minimum score of 110 is recommended for consideration.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is designed to measure test takers’ ability to use and understand the English language at a university level. Scores need to be submitted directly to Agnes Scott from TOEFL for admission consideration. A minimum score of 80 is recommended for consideration.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized international test of English language proficiency. Scores need to be submitted directly to Agnes Scott from IELTS for admission consideration. A minimum score of 6.5 is recommended for consideration.

International Graduate Student Certification of Finances

All international graduate applicants are required to submit the International Graduate Student Certification of Finances form. This form is needed to obtain complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants who want to study at Agnes Scott. Submit the form with the proper bank statements and documentation via upload to the application portal after application submission or via email to

Submitting Additional Materials

You also have the option to upload additional application materials after submitting your online application form.

Send materials, like your official transcripts, through email to

Send application materials through the mail to:
Office of Graduate and Extended Programs
Agnes Scott College
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Admission Deadlines for all graduate programs by term:

Applicants are admitted to start during fall or spring terms.

The fall 2020 application is now open. For international applicants who require an I-20 form to attend Agnes Scott, we recommend that you complete your application no later than April 15 to allow enough time for your visa process.


Fall 2020 Deadlines:

  • March 15: Priority admission deadline 
  • April 15: Regular admission deadline (Recommended deadline for international applicants who require a visa)
  • May 15: Regular admission deadline
  • June 15: Regular admission deadline
  • July 15:  Final admission deadline


Priority Perks

  • Priority consideration for grant opportunities
  • Priority registration for first semester