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International Graduate Admissions Requirements
International Graduate Admissions Requirements
To attend ECPI University, as a Graduate Student, all new applicants must complete each of the following requirements:
1. Complete Documents
Complete and submit the following:
- Confidential Graduate Applicant Questionnaire – Please print this form and hand-write your responses.
- ECPI Forms
- Information Questionnaire
- Confidential Enrollment Application
- ECPI University International Student Application for Admissions Form.
- Affidavit of Financial Support
Click here to download and print the documents listed above.
Original and Official Financial Statements. Financial statements (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses and must demonstrate access to liquid assets available within the last six-months of the date of submission. View Cost of Attending documentation.
2. Complete Assessments
English Language Proficiency
Proof of English Language Proficiency. Regardless of country of birth or citizenship, immigrant or non-immigrant status, all undergraduate applicants to ECPI University whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language. Successful completion of level five (5) of ALA counts toward qualification as a form of acceptable English language competence.
Demonstration that English is an applicant’s “first” language can be satisfied if the applicant submits an earned secondary school diploma (or a degree earned at the post-secondary level) from a school in an educational system in which English is the official language of instruction. If English is not the applicant’s “first” language, the applicant will need to submit acceptable proof of meeting the University’s English Language Proficiency standard.
Acceptable English language competence for undergraduates can be demonstrated by submission of the following:
- A score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL.
- A score of 79 or higher on the Internet-Based (iBT™) TOEFL.
- Applicants to the Master of Science in Information Systems should contact the International Admissions Advisor for information concerning the English Language Proficiency Policy for graduate-level admission.
- Admissions Interview
Completion of an Admissions Interview.
All applicants are required to take part in an Admissions Interview, conducted by an Admissions Advisor, who will discuss an applicant’s career goals, interests and needs, and financial planning. Through the interview, applicants will learn more about ECPI University educational opportunities, programs of study, student services, and career services’ assistance and will tour the facility. This interview assists the applicant and Admissions Advisor in determining which program of study offered at the University may be best suited to the student’s ability, interests, skills, and experience.
All applicants residing within a 50-mile radius from the campus at which they intend to enroll must participate in an on-site, in-person, admissions interview. All applicants residing beyond a 50-mile radius of the campus at which they intend to enroll will participate in the admissions interview via telephone and/or synchronous online information exchange.
3. Meet Program Requirements
Provide an essay of 500-1000 words to describe how the Master of Science in Information Systems will support the achievement of both short-and-long-term goals, as well as how the applicant’s background has shaped current goals. Contact the International Student Admissions Advisor for details on the format and means of submission of the essay.
Provide Two (2) letters of recommendation using the ECPI University Graduate Program Recommendation Form. These recommendations may be completed by academic or professional references. Please print the recommendation form and hand-write your responses, and submit directly to the people providing the recommendation.
4. Provide Transcripts
Provide evidence, in the form of an official post-secondary school transcript, of having earned Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or Information Systems, OR a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, with a basic background and understanding of programming and logic/design. The degree must be from an accredited academic institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or its international equivalent, as certified by a credential evaluation organization which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
Applicants who do not have previous undergraduate coursework in programming and logic/design courses may be asked to validate their basic understanding of programming and logic/design through work experience or by completing one or more undergraduate courses prior to acceptance into the graduate program.
Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). For applicants who have an undergraduate CGPA of less than 2.5, the applicant must submit acceptable scores from the GMAT (minimum score 450) or GRE (minimum of 215 combined verbal and quantitative reasoning scores) test scores.
What Is An Official Transcript?
Official secondary school transcripts must show the date of graduation and must be delivered directly to ECPI University from the secondary school.
Transcripts (as well as GED test scores) marked as issued to student are not considered “official”.
Certificates of attendance, secondary school diplomas, unaccompanied by official transcripts, or modified secondary school diplomas are not acceptable to establish proof of secondary school completion.
Applicants are responsible for providing ECPI University with the official transcript or for providing the University with the authorization to secure official transcripts. Students are responsible for any fees related to securing secondary school transcripts.
The International Student Admissions Advisor can assist applicants with securing official secondary school transcripts from their secondary institutions.
All applicants who have attended secondary school outside of the United States must also provide a credential evaluation for all secondary (and if applicable, post-secondary) transcripts submitted to ECPI as part of the application process. ECPI University will only accept credential evaluations completed by a credential evaluation organization which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For more information concerning NACES member organizations, refer to their website at www.naces.org.
If any applicable official academic records have not been prepared in English, a complete and official translation of the transcript is also required.
Additional Transcript Requirements and Information
Nonimmigrant alien students intending to attend ECPI University under the auspices of a nonimmigrant student visa must submit all official academic records, including evaluations and translations, if applicable, as part of a complete application for admission. In compliance with federal regulations governing the attendance of nonimmigrant alien students in authorized U.S. schools, nonimmigrant students may not be granted provisional admission status while awaiting the receipt of official academic documents.
Students who have attended a post-secondary education institution that is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education and who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher may submit official post-secondary school transcript to establish proof of secondary school graduation. (Secondary school transcript is therefore not required.)
In the absence of having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education, and submitting an official transcript, both secondary and all post-secondary school official transcripts must be submitted.
All the requirements contained herein, defining an official secondary school transcript apply to the definition of an official post-secondary school transcript.
5. Submit Student Visa Documents
A photocopy of the applicant’s passport (all pages) to provide proof of birth date and citizenship. (Any applicants currently residing outside of the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate to validate date of birth and country of citizenship.)
For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the US at the time of application, a photocopy of the visa page contained within the applicant’s passport.
For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the US at the time of application, a photocopy of the applicant’s Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record (both sides).
For all nonimmigrant applicants, residing in the US at the time of application, who currently hold valid F-1, M-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant classification: written confirmation of current nonimmigrant alien status from the school through which that nonimmigrant alien status was secured. (See ECPI University International Student Transfer Clearance Form.)
Proof of Health Insurance. Proof of Health Insurance typically is a photocopy of a health insurance identification card, which includes:
- Policy number
- Group and/or individual identification number
- Full name of the policy holder
- Beneficiary’s name, if the beneficiary is not the policy holder.
- Start date of health insurance coverage as well as the expiration date of health insurance coverage.
Applicants who do not possess health insurance must be prepared to purchase health insurance through an approved ECPI University provider upon matriculation into the University.
6. Applicant Evaluation Process
Graduate application deadlines and decisions. The graduate program holds starts several times per year and applications are accepted year-round. Only completed applications will be considered and every effort will be made to give sufficient advanced-notice regarding admissions decisions well before the start of the relevant term to which an applicant is accepted. Please speak to the International Student Admissions Advisor for start dates.
Graduate Program Decision Notification. International student applicants can expect to receive final notification regarding their application for admission as soon as an admissions decision is reached.
7. Submit Fee
Submission of an application fee of US $50.00.