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Admission for International Students

Admission Guidelines

In addition to the admission requirements for your program, international applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. TOEFL: International applicants whose language of education is not English must submit a TOEFL score. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the internet-based test is required for regular admission. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Test information and registration are available at
  2. Transcripts: Official or attested university records (including proof of degrees received) are required. For expediency, address transcripts to "Graduate Studies." Translations and evaluations of transcripts must be certified by one of the following services:
     • American Assoc. of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
     • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
     • World Education Services
  3. Academic degree: Master's degree applicants must hold a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Finances: Documented evidence of financial resources sufficient to support the student for the calendar year, in addition to an international student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Declaration of Finances Form »
  5. Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration: International applicants must submit a GMAT score. 

After You Are Accepted

I-20 Form

After admission is granted and financial documentation and degree confirmation are received, Southern Adventist University issues a letter of acceptance and the I-20 Form. The letter and form must be presented to the U.S. consular officer when applying for a student visa. Only students approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service may enroll. Southern does not accept visas issued for admission to other institutions.

On Campus

International students admitted to graduate study are encouraged to arrive on campus two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. They should contact the international student adviser as soon as they arrive. Graduate Studies must be notified of any change in the entering date after admission has been granted.

All international students with student visas are required to be enrolled in a full course study (a minimum of nine graduate credit hours) for each semester in attendance.


International students with student visas may work on campus provided that employment is available and provided that the student is enrolled in a full course of study and is making progress to the completion of a degree. On-campus employment is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during university vacation days.

Don't Leave Home Without These Items

International students should not leave their homeland until they have in their possession:

  • An admission letter of acceptance from Southern Adventist University
  • I-20 Form issued by Southern Adventist University
  • A valid passport
  • A valid visa to travel to the United States
  • Sufficient funds for the first year at Southern Adventist University


Apply Now

International students may apply online or download the printable application and mail it with the application fee (USD $25/online or $40/printed) to:

Graduate Studies
Southern Adventist University
PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

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