International Graduate Students

International graduate students may apply and enroll, if accepted, to any of the online degree or certificate programs listed below.

SUNY Empire State University is unable to issue I-20s to students who require an F-1 student visa to come to the U.S. If you wish to live in the U.S. to study, please see other State University of New York options at If you have questions about your visa status or eligibility to study at SUNY Empire State University, email admissions at or call 800-847-3000.

Master’s Degrees

Advanced Certificates


Transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Official evaluations of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended are submitted to the admissions office. Empire State University graduates do not need to request a transcript. One will automatically be included with their application.

If applying to the MBA in Business Management or MBA in Healthcare Leadership evaluations should be sent to: Admissions Office, SUNY Empire State University, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA - Or electronic submission directly from the evaluator to:

If applying to Advanced Certificates and all other programs via the GradCAS application, evaluations should be sent to GradCAS.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency. The School for Graduate Studies will accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores taken within the last three years. You must score within the range of 79-94 on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) or 6.5-7 on the IELTS to be considered for admission to Empire State University graduate programs. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution where the instruction was given in English may be exempt.

Canadian Border Commuters

Canadian border commuter graduate students may also apply to any of the graduate programs that require attendance at weekend residencies.


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