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Graduate Admission Policies

In addition to meeting specific requirements for each degree program, international students must meet the following additional requirements:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website, or contact TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100. Copies of the TOEFL Bulletin are also available at U.S. educational commissions and foundations, binational centers, and private organizations such as the Institute of International Education (IIE).

We will only accept TOEFL tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and sent to us directly by the TOEFL office. For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 80 for the Internet-based test (IBT). The institution code for Agnes Scott College is 5002. Please plan to take the TOEFL as soon as possible, regardless of the test’s format, to avoid delays in the review of your application.

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, and United States.

Graduates of foreign schools of higher learning must be able to document their degree as being the equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited United States college or university. International applicants, regardless of their country of origin or their native language, must have their foreign credentials evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (, such as World Education Services (

Each evaluation must include the following: course-by-course description, documenting equivalence to a regionally accredited U.S. baccalaureate degree (or number of years toward completion) and grade point average.

A minimum of 27 of the 33 total credit hours including all of the core courses for the master’s degree must be taken at Agnes Scott College. No transfer credit will be accepted for students pursuing a graduate certificate.

The assistant dean for graduate and extended programs has official approval authority for transfer credit. Students applying to the master’s degree program with transfer credit are required to submit official copies of all graduate transcripts. Transfer credit hours may satisfy elective credit hours pending evaluation and recommendation by the faculty program director and the director of graduate admission. The faculty program director will review each course’s description and learning objectives to determine whether the course is relevant to the degree program and comparable to elective courses offered by Agnes Scott College. Students may need to provide the course syllabus at the request of the faculty program director. The director of graduate admission will ensure the following criteria is met:

  1. The credit earned must have an earned grade of B or higher (3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale).
  2. The credit earned must have been completed within eight years for courses with digital or technology based learning outcomes.
  3. The credit earned must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university within the United States, or a non-U.S. institution (see transfer policy for International students and Transfer Policy from non-US institutions).
  4. The credit was earned in a graduate-level course, wherein the student was enrolled for graduate credit.
  5. The credit was not counted toward a conferred degree or certificate.

Upon recommendation of the faculty program director and the director of graduate admissions, the assistant dean for graduate and extended programs will approve the acceptance of transfer credits.

This policy is consistent with the mission of the college and ensures that coursework and learning outcomes are comparable to the college’s graduate curriculum and degree programs. Under no circumstances will Agnes Scott accept credit hours earned at the undergraduate level for graduate credit. Agnes Scott assumes responsibility for the
academic quality of any coursework or credit recorded on a student’s academic transcript.

In the case of a transfer from a non-United States institution, eligible graduate transfer credits must have been earned in a program judged by Agnes Scott College to be comparable to a graduate degree program of a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Transfer of thesis credits or credits for independent research is not allowed. Students must have their courses evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

A student may defer admission to a graduate program only once. All deferral requests are subject to review and approval by both the faculty program director and the assistant dean of graduate and extended programs on a case-by-case basis. If the deferral is denied or the deferred student cannot attend the graduate program for the approved term, they will have to submit a new application before enrolling. Please note: Deferrals may not exceed one year.

To request a deferral of admission, an applicant must first contact the Office of Graduate and Extended Programs and complete a Deferral Request Form to document why they wish to defer. Upon submission, the assistant dean of graduate and  extended programs and the faculty program director will review their request. Once a deferral decision is made, the student will be notified via email. If the student is granted a deferral, the deferral is pending submission of the $350.00 tuition deposit.