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Graduate International Students

Admissions Requirements

Graduate applicants are degree-seeking students who are pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. To be considered for a graduate program, all applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university at the time of program enrollment.

The minimum undergraduate GPA established for all programs is 3.0 (U.S. 4.0 scale).

For admission as a graduate student, the following checklist items must be provided.

  1. Submit a completed application. Graduate students will select the “Graduate Degree/Certificate” option for the desired beginning term. Pay the $35 USD admissions fee.
  2. Upload a copy of an unexpired passport in your application status page. CSU Pueblo will also require a passport for any family member (spouse or dependent child) who will be traveling with you.*
  3. Email a copy of the student scorecard from the IELTS or TOEFL exam to info@csupueblo.edu. You may not need to submit English-proficiency exam results if you meet one of the exemptions.
  4. Upload documentation of financial support on your application status page.*
  5. Request evaluation of college transcripts through one of the services listed on CSU Pueblo’s website (see Transcripts below). You must send official copies of your transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that you have attended directly to the evaluation service.  The evaluation service will provide a copy of your transcript to CSU Pueblo along with the completed evaluation of transcript(s).
  6. Upload all other program-specific documents requested on the application checklist. 

*Not required for online students.

Additional Information

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    Application Deadlines

    CSU Pueblo will accept rolling applications past deadlines.

    Fall Semester June 1
    Spring Semester November 1
    Summer Semester March 1
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    Documentation of Financial Support

    A financial statement regarding the resources available to the student during his or her stay in the United States is required. The combined amount of resources available to the student (and any dependents for whom the student is seeking a visa) must meet or exceed the annual cost of attendance.


    Acceptable examples of financial support are:

    • A Certificate of Balance from a bank or other financial institution that is dated within the last six months which identifies the account owner by name, identifies the currency type, provides the account balance as of the end of the statement period, identifies the bank or financial institution address, and bears the signature and stamp of the bank or financial institution official.  Sample of Certificate of Balance.
    • A Formal Loan Agreement from a lender dated within the last 30 days which identifies the borrower by name, identifies the currency type for the loan, provides the guaranteed loan amount, identifies the address of the lending institution, and bears the signature and stamp of the lending institution official.
    • Scholarship letter(s).
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    English Language Proficiency Scores

    An applicant must demonstrate the listed minimum level of English proficiency on one of the following exams:

    Programs

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based (TOEFL iBT)
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    All Undergraduate Programs (Except Nursing)
    173 61 5.5
    All Nursing and MBA Programs
    213 79-80 6.0

    Exemptions to the English proficiency requirement:

    • English Language Institute participants
    • Applicants who speak English as a first language and are residents of the following countries: 
      • Australia
      • Canada
      • Ireland
      • New Zealand
      • United Kingdom
    • Applicants who attended a school where English was the primary mode of instruction for 2 years. (A verification letter from the school is required).
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    Transcripts

    For academic coursework pursued at a non-U.S. institution, Colorado State University Pueblo requires students to provide and pay for translated, certified, and authenticated documents via a third-party agency authorized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.  The evaluation must be completed within five (5) years prior to date of application.  This evaluation of foreign credentials is required regardless of a student's residency status. 

    The following approved agencies will ensure a more rapid acceptance and evaluation of transfer credits:

    1. SpanTran
    2. World Educations Services Inc. (WES ICAP)
    3. Educational Credential Evaluators Inc.

    The following NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member agencies are also accepted:

    1. A2Z Evaluations LLC https://www.a2zeval.com
    2. Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. https://aes-edu.org/website/home/index.cfm
    3. Center for Applied Research, Evaluation and Education, Inc. https://www.iescaree.com
    4. Educational Perspectives, nfp https://www.edperspective.org
    5. Educational Records Evaluation Service https://www.eres.com
    6. Evaluation Service, Inc http://www.evaluationservice.net/
    7. Foreign Academic Credential Service, Inc. https://facsusa.com
    8. Foundation for International Services, Inc. https://www.fis-web.com
    9. Globe Credential Evaluators, Inc. https://www.gceus.com
    10. Globe Language Services https://www.globelanguage.com/index.php
    11. Institute of Foreign Credential Services, Inc. https://ifcsevals.com
    12. International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc. https://www.iacei.net
    13. International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. https://icdeval.com
    14. International Education Evaluations, Inc. https://myiee.org
    15. International Education Research Foundation, Inc. https://ierf.org/
    16. Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants https://jsilny.org
    17. Transcript Research https://transcriptresearch.com

    The evaluation report must include a copy of the foreign credential and contain the following items:

    1. Evaluation and verification of official documentation
    2. US equivalence for each educational credential 
    3. Course-by-course analysis; including credits
    4. Unit (high school), credit (university-level), and grade equivalents
    5. Established US equivalent degree or years of study for higher education documents submitted
    6. US grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
    7. Date of graduation; if applicable
    8. Accrediting body information

    In addition, official transcripts, along with a completed set of mark sheets must be submitted from the sending institution (note: usually the agencies above can forward them to CSU Pueblo with the student approval). Transcripts must show courses taken, grades earned, length of classes, and length of school terms. Transcripts are required from each and every collegiate institution attended during and after graduation from high school. All transcripts must bear the official seal of the issuing institution and must be sent by that institution.

    The official document should be mailed to:

    Office of Admissions
    Colorado State University-Pueblo
    201 Administration Building
    2200 Bonforte Blvd.
    Pueblo, CO 81001

    For faster processing, submit all documents electronically to info@csupueblo.edu

    Note: CSU Pueblo reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the application process and to rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between unofficial and official transcripts are found, if it is discovered that the educational history was incomplete, if there is any suspected forgery of the unofficial transcripts, or if upon final GPA and degree verification it is discovered that the minimum admission requirements were not met.

    Report requirements:

    The evaluation report must include a copy of the foreign credential and contain the following items:

    • Evaluation and verification of official documentation
    • US equivalence for each educational credential
    • Course-by-course analysis, including credits
    • Unit (high school), credit (university-level), and grade equivalents
    • Established US equivalent degree or years of study for higher education documents submitted
    • US grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
    • Date of graduation, if applicable
    • Accrediting body information

    In addition, official transcripts, along with a complete set of mark sheets, must be submitted from the sending institution (NOTE: usually the agencies above can forward official copies of transcripts and mark sheets to CSU Pueblo with the student approval).

    Transcripts must show courses taken, grades earned, length of classes, and length of school terms.

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    Student Visa Requirements

    Colorado State University Pueblo will issue a form I-20 to student applicants (and any accompanying dependents) after all documents required for admission are received and the student has been admitted. The I-20 is a required form to obtain the student (F-1) visa from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Step-by-Step Instructions for Obtaining and Maintaining a Student Visa:

    1. Complete the SEVIS form (I-901) and pay the SEVIS fee. This can be completed using a paper or an online option (see link). If completing a paper form, please take this action as early as possible to allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement time to receive and process.
    2. Contact the nearest American Embassy Visa Section and arrange an interview. The Form I-20 is issued to you by CSU Pueblo. Proof of SEVIS payment, and any other documentation required by the embassy, must be presented at the time of the interview.
    3. Visit Colorado State University Pueblo’s Office of the Registrar upon arrival to campus. CSU Pueblo is required to ensure that you have arrived on campus.

    For more information about the SEVIS form and fee, please visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Transfer and Graduate Students:

    Students who have previously attended another college/university in the United States must also provide a SEVIS Release Form completed by the prior college/university in order for CSU Pueblo to issue a new I-20.

    Download SEVIS Release Form

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