International Graduate Student Admission


  • Application Procedures and Fee
  • Academic Records
  • Financial Support Requirements
  • Language Requirements
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Transfer Students
  • Dependents
  • I-20 and Express Mailing Fee for I-20
  • SEVIS Fee
  • Housing and Health Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance Opportunities
  • Forms

Several items must be submitted by International students in order to complete the application process. It is important that students allow enough time to complete the application process for the semester they wish to enter.

Application Deadlines

Fall (August) - June 1

Spring (January) - October 15

Summer (June) - April 1

*All documents must be received by the deadline dates.

A non-refundable $60 graduate application fee is required for Masters and Specialist in Education degree-seeking students.

Payment for the application fee can be made by check, money order or credit card. Payment by bank draft will not be accepted.

 

The Application for Admission will not be reviewed until all transcripts are on file and the application fee is paid. The supporting application materials are non-refundable.

Students must submit an official transcript from each institution they attended. Translated degree certificate or diploma is required that states degree received, degree confirmed date, and major.

If applying online, students are encouraged to immediately send copies of their coursework (unofficial transcripts) as soon as the application has been submitted, or mail them with their other application materials so that initial review of their past study can begin.

Transcripts are considered both in the native language and translated into English. Students who received their undergraduate degree at Pittsburg State University do not need to submit a copy of their PSU undergraduate transcript.

*Please note that a 2.7/4.0 converted grade point average is required for admission to any of our graduate programs.

 The transcript should clearly indicate:

  1. all coursework and grades (or marks)
  2. the degree awarded
  3. the date the degree was awarded
  4. the name of the institution where degree was earned

Copies of transcript submitted by students are not considered official.

The U.S. Government requires International students to demonstrate their financial ability to pay for graduate work before they can become students in the United States.

Evidence of financial resources consists of two documents.

  1. Statement of Financial Information and Certification of Support 
    Statement of Financial Information and Certification of Support (Exchange Students)
  2. current bank statement which reflects the financial resources

It is required that International applicants present a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE).

The minimum score levels required for various degree programs at Pittsburg State University range from:
TOEFL: 520/68 to 550/79
IELTS: 6.0 to 6.5
PTE: 47 to 53

A minimum score of 6.0 in each band of the IELTS is required. If a lower score is earned in any of the five band scores, the overall score cannot be accepted.

Students may not enroll in any graduate level academic coursework until this requirement has been met and will not become fully admitted until they satisfy their program's TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE requirements.

Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. The university code for Pittsburg State University is 6336. You do not need to include a departmental code. Unofficial or examinee's copies/score sheets will be used for initial review only.

The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE is not required if:

  1. you are a permanent resident
  2. you received a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
  3. the language of instruction for your Baccalaureate degree was English. You must request that your undergraduate institution send a letter directly to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that the language of instruction was English. Copies of letters provided by students will not be considered.
  4. the highest level of Intensive English Program (Academic Preparation Course) at Pittsburg State University is successfully completed. The successful completion of the highest level of the Pittsburg State University Intensive English Program (Academic Preparation Course) is equivalent to a 550/79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS or 53 PTE score and can be substituted for the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement.

Students who do not meet the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement are encouraged to make application to the Intensive English Program (IEP). Enrollment in IEP does not guarantee that a student satisfies the academic standards for admission into a graduate program.

Successful completion of the Pittsburg State University Intensive English Program (IEP) may be substituted for a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score, unless otherwise indicated.

All programs require a completed bachelors degree in a related field and are also subject to departmental requirements. Visit the program's page for other specific admission requirements.

The Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) is required only of students who are applicants to the Masters of Business Administration program. It is required of both American and International students.

If opportunity to take the GMAT is not available in the home country, students may be admitted conditionally with the College of Business approval.

However, if the student does not receive the required GMAT score in the first term of study at Pittsburg State University, he or she will not be allowed full admission to the MBA program and will have to withdraw or select another major.

Additional admission requirements for MBA applicants

Students who are currently attending another U.S. institution must have the information on the International Student Transfer Form completed and sent to the Graduate and Continuing Studies office.

Please complete the Dependents Form for each dependent that will accompany you to Pittsburg State University. If additional space is required, please make additional copies of this form.

The I-20 will be mailed with the admission letter once all application materials are received, have been reviewed, and admission (either conditional or fully) to a degree program has been granted.

Students who would like to have their I-20 express mailed to them must pay an additional $45. Without this fee, the I-20 will be mailed via air service. Payment for express mailing may be included with the application fee.

The United States Department of Homeland Security implemented a fee, called the SEVIS Fee, as of September 2, 2004. If you are applying for a visa from outside the United States, you may be required to pay the fee.

Who is required to pay the SEVS fee:

  • F1 or J1 Initial Attendance:
    • F1 student visa applicants applying for the visa from outside of the United States, with an I-20 marked as "initial attendance" for an academic or language training program dated on or after September 1, 2004 (9/1/2004). The fee must be paid before your visa appointment and you must show proof of payment

    • J1 student, short-term scholar, research scholar or visiting scholar visa applicants applying for a visa from outside of the United States, with a DS2019 marked as "initial attendance" dated on or after September 1, 2004 (9/1/2004). In this case, the SEVIS fee must be paid before entry into the United States. Proof of fee payment is required. The fee cannot be paid at the port-of-entry.

 

Who is NOT required to pay the SEVIS fee?

  • Dependents:
    • Spouses or minor children of students or exchange visitors applying for F2 or J2 visa.

  • Visa or Port of Entry Denial:
    • F1 or J1 visa applicants who have paid the fee, were denied a visa, and are re-applying for a visa within  twelve (12) months of the date of initial denial.

    • Residents of a contiguous territory or adjacent island reapplying for status as a student at the port-of-entry within twelve (12) months of the initial denial.

The SEVIS fee only needs to be paid once. For international students that apply for admission to more than one school in the United States, the SEVIS fee can be used for any school. However, you must attend the school whose immigration documents you use to obtain your visa.

If you prefer, Pittsburg State University's International Programs and Services Office will assist you in paying this required fee. Simply include the fee with the application fee or complete and return the credit card authorization form. We will pay the fee for you and send you proof of payment with your immigration document. Please note that the SEVIS fee will not be processed until your immigration document is issued.

If you prefer to pay the fee yourself, payment information may be found at: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm

If you have already paid this fee, please disregard this information.

Information regarding available on-campus housing can be obtained by contacting the Housing Office at Pittsburg State University. In your correspondence, please state the date of your arrival and the length of time that you will need housing. Be sure to indicate any special housing needs. The Housing Office will try to give you suggestions of housing options that you can then contact for more information.

All International students must purchase health insurance. The university offers a health plan that is available to students and can be purchased on campus.

Graduate Assistantships

International Graduate Student Fellowship Application

Fellowship application deadline dates:
Fall (August) - July 1
Spring (January) - December 1

*The International Graduate Student Fellowship Application must be completed and sent to the Graduate and Continuing Studies Office prior to arriving on campus.

*The International Graduate Student Fellowship Application is only for first time students at Pittsburg State University.

Apply

Application materials may be mailed to:
Pittsburg State University
Graduate and Continuing Studies
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762
 
Graduate and Continuing Studies contact information:
Phone: (620) 235-4223
Fax: (620) 235-4219
cgs@pittstate.edu
International Programs and Services Office contact information:
International Programs and Services
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway, 118 Whitesitt Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762
 
Phone: (620) 235-4093
Fax: (620) 235-4962
ahurt@pittstate.edu

Graduate Programs available to International Students and their Requirements


In order to begin a graduate program at Pittsburg State University, all International students must submit an official, passing TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Students who do not submit such a score will be denied admission. Students who do not have passing scores are required to apply for PSU's Intensive English Program (IEP), get enrolled and complete the program. After the student has graduated from IEP then they can apply for Graduate School.

* For additional information regarding IEP, please visit: www.pittstate.edu/iep

How to Submit Test Scores to PSU:

TOEFL: Contact ETS and request that your score be sent to PSU electronically. Our university code is 6336. You do not need to enter a departmental code. Please visit their site for more information: www.ets.org/toefl

IELTS: Contact IELTS and request that an official score sheet be sent to PSU. Please visit their site for more information: www.ielts.org

(IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations).

PTE: Contact PTE and request that your official score be sent to PSU. Please visit their site for more information: www.pearsonpte.com

Successful completion of the Pittsburg State University Intensive English Program may be substituted for a TOEFL or IELTS score unless otherwise indicated.

All programs require a completed bachelors degree in a related field and are also subject to departmental requirements. Visit the program's page for other specific admission requirements.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Chemistry
  • Master of Science in Career and Technical Education
  • Master of Art in Communication
  • Master of Science in School Counseling
  • Ed.S. in School Psychology
  • Master of Engineering Technology (MET)
  • Master of Art in English
  • Master of Art in History
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Physics
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Technology
  • Ed.S. in Workforce Development and Education

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

Additional requirements:

  • GMAT or GRE score requirements based on the following equation:
    200 x undergraduate grade point average = 1050
    • minimum GMAT score accepted is 400

 

Additional admission requirements for MBA applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

 

Additional admission requirements for Biology applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

Additional requirements:

  • bachelor's degree in Chemistry from an accredited university

 

Additional admission requirements for Chemistry applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

Additional requirements:

  • bachelor's degree in area related to emphasis

 

Additional admission requirements for College Teaching applicants

Additional admission requirements for Family and Consumer Sciences applicants

Additional admission requirements for Technical Teacher Education applicants

 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

Additional requirements:

  • two letters of reference
  • statement of intent
  • GRE (if undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0)

 

Additional admission requirements for Communication applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

Additional requirements:

  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • departmental application
  • GRE (minimum of 141 quantitative, 146 vocabulary, and a 3.5 writing)
  • consent for release of criminal background check
  • personal statement of career goals
  • three completed professional recommendation forms

Application Deadlines:

Fall (August) - March 1 deadline

Spring (January) - October 1 deadline

 

Additional admission requirements for School Counseling applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

Additional requirements:

  • master's degree in a related field is required
  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • departmental application
  • GRE (minimum of 141 quantitative, 146 vocabulary, and a 3.5 writing)
  • consent for release of criminal background check
  • personal statement of career goals
  • three completed professional recommendation forms

Application Deadlines:

Fall (August) - March 1 deadline

Spring (January) - October 1 deadline

 

Additional admission requirements for School Psychology applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 540/76
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 51

Additional requirements:

  • bachelor's degree in engineering, engineering technology, or closely related area from accredited university

 

Additional admission requirements for Engineering Technology applicants

 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

**The following TOEFL section scores (or their IELTS equivalency) is required: Listening 16; Speaking 20; Reading 20; Writing 20

Additional requirements:

  • 24 hours undergraduate level English coursework beyond freshman level (including one course in linguistics, modern grammar or the history of the English language and one upper division writing course)

 

Additional admission requirements for English (Creative Writing) applicants


Additional admission requirements for English (Literature) applicants


Additional admission requirements for English (Professional Writing) applicants

 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

Additional requirements:

  • 24 hours undergraduate level history coursework

 

Additional admission requirements for History applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

Additional requirements:

  • 8 hours undergraduate level mathematics coursework beyond Calculus 3

 

Additional admission requirements for Mathematics applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

Additional requirements:

  • bachelor of Music or bachelor of music education degree
  • departmental entrance examination
  • departmental interview
  • audition recording for performance students

 

Additional admission requirements for Music (Choral Conducting) applicants

Additional admission requirements for Music (Instrumental Conducting) applicants

Additional admission requirements for Music (Instrumental Performance) applicants

Additional admission requirements for Music (Vocal Performance) applicants

Additional admission requirements for Music Education (Instrumental) applicants

Additional admission requirements for Music Education (Vocal) applicants 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

Additional requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from regionally accredited nursing school
  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • GRE required if GPA is lower than 3.0
  • departmental application
  • current registered nurse license
  • three letters of reference
  • 18 months of work experience required (for Family Nurse Practitioner track)

Application deadlines:

Nursing will only admit for the fall (August) semester. Deadline is March 15th.

 

Additional admission requirements for Nursing applicants

 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

 

Additional admission requirements for Physics applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/79
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE score of 53

*Intensive English Program (IEP) may not be substituted for TOEFL for admission to this department.

Additional requirements:

  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • departmental application
  • GRE (minimum of 141 Quantitative, 146 Vocabulary, and 3.5 writing)
  • consent for release of criminal background check
  • personal statement of career goals
  • three completed professional recommendation forms

Application deadlines:

Fall (August)  - March 1

Spring (January) - October 1

 

Additional admission requirements for Psychology applicants

Additional admission requirements for Psychology (Behavior Analysis) applicants

 

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 550/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 53

 

Additional admission requirements for Technology applicants


Additional admission requirements for Technology (Automotive Technology) applicants


Additional admission requirements for Technology (Construction Management) applicants

Student must meet one of the following language requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 520/68
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with no band score below 5.0
  • PTE score of 47

*Master's degree in a related field is required.

Additional requirements:

  • master's degree in related field
  • resume
  • letter of application

 

Additional admission requirements for Workforce Development and Education applicants