Graduate Student Academic Requirements
All graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. An official academic record from all post-secondary education institutions attended is required. This may take some time so start this early in your application process.
In the instance that official records cannot be obtained, unofficial records may be used to consider your application. These documents are typically issued to the student and may be considered official after further review. This applies to cases where it is impossible to obtain the official records, and will be considered only on a case by case basis.
Students must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. If the degree is from a recognized but not regionally accredited institution, the application will be reviewed by the department and by the College of Graduate Studies.
For information about equivalency and required academic credentials by country of education page, use the Degree Equivalency Guide.
The University of Idaho recommends, and reserves the right to require, a professional credential evaluation by an outside, independent party. Reasons for outside review include, but are not limited to, verification of document authenticity, potential transfer credits and the wish to expedite the processing of an application file. You are responsible for supplying the correct academic records and paying for the evaluation service. You will need to request a course-by-course evaluation.
The preferred provider of transcript evaluations is:
There is a list of the five services from which the University of Idaho will accept evaluations.
Precise, word-for-word, English translations are required for all foreign language documents.
Applicants must have a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 grade scale equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degree. If your GPA meets the minimum admission requirements, the department of major will determine if your overall academic record and test scores meet department requirements.
Note: If you do not meet the minimum 3.00 GPA, your application can be considered for admission if you:
- earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits
- worked in the program specific profession for 5+ years
- obtained a letter of support from a faculty member in the department
- written a detailed statement/essay describing your professional experience and potential to succeed academically
The most common and widely accepted test is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Our institution code for the TOEFL is 4843.
The following are acceptable as proof of English Language Proficiency:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77
- UI American Language & Culture Program (ALCP) with a Level 6 Pass
- U.S. Education Earned Bachelor, or higher, degree at accredited U.S. institution
A waiver for this requirement is automatically granted to applicants whose education is from countries where English is an official/native language. For more information, visit our English language countries page.
- All tests must have been taken within two years of the semester you are applying.
- Some graduate programs have a higher requirement. If so, you will need to take the TOEFL, or equivalent test, and obtain the higher score prior to be granted regular admission.
- Some graduate programs allow "conditional admission", which means admission may be granted to applicants who qualify academically, but have not yet achieved U of I minimum English language requirements. To view information and a list of programs accepting students on conditional admission, visit our conditional admission webpage.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations require that every student verify the availability of funds to pay for educational and living expenses before an I-20 or DS-2019 form to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. can be issued.
Immigration regulations require that international students holding F-1 or J-1 student visas be certified as full-time students during the academic year. F-1 graduate students are required to be enrolled in nine credit hours and are allowed to take up to three credits of online coursework toward this requirement. J-1 visa holders are also required to enroll in nine credit hours, but are not allowed to take online classes toward the nine credit requirement.
Not all programs are eligible for an F-1 or J-1. See Departmental Requirements above for information.
Complete and return the following to Graduate Admissions regardless of your source(s) of funding:
- Certificate of Financial Responsibility Form
- Financial Responsibility Statement
- Copy of passport: for applicant and all accompanying dependents requiring a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)
- Copy of visa and current I-20: If currently in the U.S.
All students currently in F-1 status at any type of institution (college, university, intensive English institute) in the U.S. who plan to transfer to the University of Idaho must complete the transfer procedure through SEVIS.
SEVIS Record Transfer Request (PDF Form)
- Receive admission to the University of Idaho
- Notify your current school of your intentions to transfer
- Complete Part I of this form (only after you have been admitted and choose to attend UI)
- Have an international student advisor at your current institution complete Part II
- After you and your current school have determined the date to have your SEVIS record electronically released to the University of Idaho, promptly return this form
- After the release date, the University of Idaho will produce an I-20.