Saint Mary’s College welcomes applications from citizens of other countries. In addition to our International Orientation Program, Saint Mary's College provides dedicated international student services, advising, and programming. An English Language School is available to students who want to polish their skills before enrolling at Saint Mary's.
In addition to the application procedures established for US citizens or permanent residents, international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency and proof of financial ability. International students enrolled in a campus-based graduate program must also obtain health insurance.
Saint Mary’s College offers a campus-based graduate program in speech language pathology and hybrid graduate programs in nursing and data science. Since the hybrid programs are primarily online, international students will not be able to live in the United States while completing the degree. The hybrid programs require short periods of study on the Saint Mary’s campus. Depending on the specific program, international students may need to complete the process to get a student visa each time.
English Proficiency Requirement
International applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Non-native English speakers who have been awarded a baccalaureate degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction are exempt. In cases where a student is improving his/her English proficiency through participation in the Saint Mary’s College English Language School, successful completion of the Advanced Level of instruction as certified by their Academic Director can be used in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS score.
Test scores earned within the past five (5) years will be considered. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS. Please review individual graduate program requirements for information on how to submit your official scores.
Certification of Finances Form
As part of the admission process, international students must submit a Certification of Finances form and supporting financial documents. This allows the College to verify the source of funding for your educational expenses, which is required before we issue an I-20 or DS-2019. You must provide financial document(s) from a personal account, sponsor, loan, or scholarship in an amount in excess of the estimated total cost of attendance for your desired program. For the application process, copies may be mailed or emailed to the Graduate Admission Office. Official documents will be requested prior to issuing an I-20 or DS-2019. These documents must also be provided to the US Embassy abroad during your visa interview.
Program Cost of Attendance
If you are admitted and choose to attend Saint Mary's College, a non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to reserve your place in the incoming class. The deposit will be credited towards your first semester tuition. After we receive your enrollment deposit, we will send you information about obtaining a visa, if applicable.
Health insurance in the United States is not provided by the national government. In order to receive non-emergency treatment in most hospitals and clinics, you must have private health insurance. For students enrolled in a campus-based program, Saint Mary's College requires that you possess coverage, and we will bill you directly for that coverage. The annual cost of this private health insurance policy is approximately $775.