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International Applicants

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Fordham University encourages applications from international students. Students are recommended to apply early, to allow extra time for international mail and preparation of visa documents. So that you may better plan out your application timeline, all international applicants are encouraged to see GRE application deadlines.

Application Requirements

To apply, all international students must submit the following materials. Please review each carefully and if you have questions, email for more information on when to submit your application, please visit the Application Deadlines page.

Online Application

All international students who are applying to the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education as either a matriculated or non-matriculated (visiting) student are required to submit an online application.

Additionally, please note that all documents submitted become part of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education University files and will not be returned or duplicated for any purpose.

Personal Statement

All international applicants, except for those apply to the DMIN, are required to submit a personal statement responding to the prompt below. The Personal Statement, which is required to be submitted in the appropriate section of the online application,should be between 2-3 pages, doubled spaced, and presented in a professional font not to exceed 12 pt:

Please state your occupational and vocational goals as specifically as possible. Then, state briefly how you hope to relate your experience at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education to your goals.

DMIN applicants, for the five questions your are to respond to in your personal statement, please refer to the DMIN application requirements located on the main Application Requirements page.

Current Resume/CV

All international applicants are required to submit a current Resume/CV through the online application.

Two Letters of Recommendation

All international applicants, except for those applying to attend a course as a visiting/non-matriculated student, are required to submit two Letters of Recommendation.

Letters may be submitted either online through the online application, or via mail directed to the GRE Admissions Office at the following address:

Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
C/O Office of Admissions
441 East Fordham Road, Keating Hall Rom 303
Bronx, NY 10458

Although an applicant's recommender may submit their letter by mail or in hard copy form, the GRE highly encourages that applicants request all letters of recommendation be submitted online.

Academic Transcripts

All international applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.*

Official transcripts of all coursework taken at the undergraduate and/or graduate level must be submitted to the GRE office either in an official, sealed envelope at the address below, or via an official emailed transcript submitted to the GRE by the university.

Copies of diplomas, certificates, etc. will not be accepted. Transcripts must list all courses taken, grades received, and degree conferred.

All mailed transcripts should be mailed to:

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
C/O Office of Admissions
441 East Fordham Road, Keating Hall Room 303
Bronx, NY 10458

*Note: those who have not obtained a BA/BS degree, but who are close to (within one semester) of completing one may also apply. If admitted, applicants will not be able to register as new students until they submit a transcript with their completed degree's conferral date.

International Transcript Evaluation

All international applicants or anyone who submits a transcript for a degree not completed in the United States are REQUIRED to also submit an International Transcript Evaluation. To stay in compliance with accreditation standards, it is GRE policy to not grant any exceptions or waivers from this requirement. 

International transcripts must be submitted to one of the following for evaluation and subsequent submission to the GRE on behalf of the applicant:

World Education Services
PO BOX 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274
Phone: 212-966-6311

Educational Credential Evaluators
PO BOX 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-289-3400

No international student application will be deteremined to be complete and subsequently available to the committee for a review unless the transcript evaultion is received.

TOEFL Exam Score

All international applicants who have not completed a degree in a native English speaking country are REQUIRED to submit a TOEFL exam score, no exceptions. 

The TOEFL exam requirement is only waived for those who have completed a degree in a native English-speaking country:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • and the United States of America.

Receiving your bachelor's or master's degree in a country that lists English as an official language such as India, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Singapore, etc. does not exempt you from the English language proficiency requirement.

TOEFL Recommended Score:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (IBT) = 100

Applicants who do not meet the recommended score for TOEFL will still be reviewed for admission. However, if admitted it is likely that they will be required to complete additional language/writing courses. 


When necessary, all international applicants are required to complete an interview with either the dean, a GRE faculty member, or the director of admissions.

Interviews will be scheduled only after the application has been submitted and all materials have been reviewed.

Application Fee

The application fee is waived for all international applicants.

Doctoral Applicants 

For more information about additional admissions requirements for doctoral programs, please visit the main Application Requirements page. Note, any doctoral application that does not include the additional requirements will not be reveiwed by the doctoral admissions committee. 

Immigration and Visa Information

The GRE office does not process nor answer questions about international student visas. For information in regards to applying for a student visa to study at GRE, all international applicants should contact the Fordham Office of International Services.

Tel: 718-817-3145


Housing Information

If you are in need of on-campus or off-campus housing, it is best to contact Fordham University Residential Life. Currently, GRE does not offer any placement opportunities in parishes, etc. for priests, religious, and lay ministers. Each student is responsible for securing their own housing and other living necessities.

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