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International Admissions – Graduate

Why Study at Concordia University, St. Paul

Concordia University, St. Paul supports you as you explore your academic interests and refine your career choices. In our ever-global world, there’s no better place than Concordia to prepare you with the culturally dynamic and rich experiences that you’ll need. The Concordia family includes students from diverse backgrounds, faith traditions and cultural heritages.

Who is an International Student 

Concordia University considers you an international student if:

  • You will need an F-1 student visa to study in the U.S.
  • You will be studying in the U.S. in any other eligible nonimmigrant status.

EXPLORE OUR GRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Connect with a graduate international admissions counselor

Students from India can contact: [email protected]

Students from all other countries and transfer students in the U.S. can contact: [email protected]

If you have already applied, please include your application number in the subject or body of your email for quick reference.

GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

Graduate studies candidates are those who have received a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a graduate degree. The following requirements should be submitted for acceptance consideration:

Students working with an agent should contact them directly for updates and questions about your materials.

Step 1: Complete your CSP Graduate Application

    • Create an account in our application portal, then complete and submit your online application. 
    • Use the portal login page to reference your application status and items that you still need to submit throughout the application process.

    *Please use the same email that you create your account with to also correspond with the International Admissions office for faster processing.

Step 2: Upload the Following Documents to Your CSP Application Portal

  • Photocopy of your valid passport page showing photo, name, and birth date. If you are transferring from a US institution, please also submit a photocopy of your visa page.

    • Upload an original/official bank letter or statement provided on official bank letterhead that meets CSP’s cost estimate in U.S. dollars. 
      • Bank statement may be from a student or family member.
      • We ask that statements are dated and less than 3 months old from the time of your application submission and in English
  • Students should complete the Certificate of Finance form that reflects the information stated on their bank statement. This form should reflect information for the term that you intend to start your studies in.
  • Submit a personal statement with the following requirements:

    • The statement falls between 400 and 1000 words.
    • Includes a beginning (introduction), middle (body), and end (summary/conclusion).
    • This statement is original (no plagiarism) and reflective of the applicant’s experiences and traits. No outside work (citations and references) is allowed.
    • The submission is professional with no spelling, grammar, or sentence structure errors.
    • The statement should address the following:
    1. Describe your employment history and why you are choosing to pursue a graduate degree at this time in your career.
    2. Describe a personal and/or professional goal that you hope you will fulfill through earning your graduate degree.
    3. Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Step 3: Email the Following Documents to [email protected] or if Living in India to [email protected]

    • Complete an approved English proficiency test and have your test scores sent or released to Concordia University, St. Paul. You may also provide a copy via email for TOEFL, IELTS, PTE and iTEP (Duolingo tests must be released to Concordia University, St. Paul for us to electronically retrieve them) 
    • Test scores should be taken within the last 2 years prior to the student’s start date (test scores will not be admissible if they will be more than two years old at the time of enrollment). 

Step 4: Request the Following Documents be Mailed or Emailed via a Secure Electronic Service.

  • Official transcripts/credentials are required prior to being admitted to a graduate program. You can view what documents are required in your student portal.

    Official transcripts should be sent or evaluated after all coursework is complete with grades and if applicable, degree awards are finalized. If you are in the process of completing a degree or coursework, do not submit any documents until your grades and degree awards appear on your credentials.

    It is your responsibility to request official transcripts/credentials from the required institution(s). 

    University officials may contact institutions directly to verify official documents. If we are unable to verify the student’s transcripts or credentials, the University reserves the right to request an official transcript evaluation of your credits or withdraw your application. 

    Please refer to your country or student type in the drop-downs below.

    Once the official document is in our possession, we will be unable to release it back to you

  • Students already studying in the United States can transfer their SEVIS record to Concordia University, St. Paul. Please share the following SEVIS information to the DSO at the last school you attended in the U.S. and who will be transferring your record to us.

    •       Name of Campus in SEVIS: Concordia University – St. Paul
    •       Campus Code: SPM214F00284000

    You MUST NOTIFY US if your record is CURRENTLY TERMINATED

    If you have any questions about this process, please contact the International Student Services office at [email protected] or 651-641-8883.

    Once the official document is in our possession, we will be unable to release it back to you.

  • Students seeking and I-20 and currently living outside of the US are asked to submit an official course-by-course evaluation from a NACES member organization showing your degree equivalency and cumulative US equivalent GPA.

    The evaluation can be submitted electronically or mailed to Concordia University, St. Paul. 

    Mail to:

    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Office of Admissions
    1282 Concordia Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55104

    Emailed electronic credentials should be sent to [email protected] for processing.

    Once the official document is in our possession, we will be unable to release it back to you.

  • Students with a 4-year degree:

    Please submit certified copies of your semester-by-semester marksheets/academic transcripts, consolidated marks, and diploma/provisional certificate with English translation.

    1. Mailed in a sealed, stamped envelope sent directly from your University to Concordia University Admissions office.

      Mail to:
      Concordia University, St. Paul
      Office of Admissions
      1282 Concordia Ave.
      St. Paul, MN 55104

    2. Some institutions will send credentials through Truecopy Credentials.
    1. If your institution does not use the Truecopy Secure-Transfer system, we may still be able to accept emailed electronic credentials that come from a verifiable University Registrar email address. The sender must be a verified sender from the Registrar and we must be able to locate the sending email from the Registrar’s web pages.

    Students with a 3-year degree:

    If you have received a 3-year bachelor’s degree from India we ask you to submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) showing your degree equivalency and cumulative US equivalent GPA.

    The evaluation can be submitted electronically or mailed to Concordia University, St. Paul.

    Mail to:

    Concordia University, St. Paul
    Office of Admissions
    1282 Concordia Ave.
    St. Paul, MN 55104

    Emailed electronic credentials should be sent to [email protected] for processing.

    Once the official document is in our possession, we will be unable to release it back to you.

DOCTORAL INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS

  • Concordia University offers a competitive Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program on our campus in St. Paul. This year-around program gives students hands-on learning t regarding the elements and practice of Physical Therapy. 

    Learn more about this program, prerequisite courses and specific application requirements on our DPT program page.  

    In addition to the admission  requirements of the DPT program, international students applying to this program will also be required to submit the following items (see requirements under Graduate International Admissions above for details about these items and how to submit them):

      • Completed application for the DPT program
      • A copy of your passport
      • Bank statement
      • Official Transcript Evaluation from a NACES member organization
      • Proof of English Proficiency
        • The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy requires minimum passing scores on the Internet-based TOEFL for foreign-trained physical therapists seeking US state licensure and have broken it down by individual test scores:
          • Writing: 24
          • Speaking: 26
          • Reading: 21
          • Listening: 18
    • TOTAL: 89

GRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINES

    • October 31, 2022: Final Deadline*
    • March 6, 2023: Final Deadline*
    • July 3, 2023: Final Deadline*

Applicants will not be permitted to start late in the term. If you cannot get a VISA appointment in time to arrive to the University and start classes on the first day you will need to defer your application to the next term. Contact International Admissions for more information. 

*Applicants who are transferring an F-1 VISA from another U.S. academic institution may be considered for admission up until three weeks prior to our admissions start date.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Completed applications are reviewed weekly and students can expect a decision within 3-5 days of all completed documents submitted. Note, during high volume times or when CSP has been closed, there may be additional delay. Find the latest status on your application by logging into the application portal.

  • Congratulations on your acceptance! Now, onto your next steps located on the Accepted International Student webpage. Please be sure to review all steps on this page. Items include signing up for orientation, submitting your Registration Authorization form, and submitting your Immunization form. 

  • Once you have completed your acknowledgment of acceptance and paid your $100 deposit, an electronic I-20 will be processed and emailed to you.

  • CSP strives to keep our graduate tuition competitive and in doing so, we have limited university scholarships available to our international students. If you do think you may qualify for one of our graduate scholarships, please contact International Admissions for more information.   

    You may also research other potential scholarship opportunities outside of CSP including: 

    • Visit Education USA for scholarship opportunities and information about funding your education.