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Admissions: International

GSB Admissions: International

There are some special application requirements for international students. You should pay close attention to the information on this page if you:

  • Completed your undergraduate education outside the United States 
  • Completed your undergraduate education in a language other than English

Special application deadlines for international students:

International students who will need an F-1 Student Visa should apply for programs that begin in the fall term—or, for programs where it is an option, the spring term. We advise against applying for programs that begin in the summer term.

International applicants are highly encouraged to submit their completed applications as early as possible, but in no event later than the deadline. International students must submit their application one month prior to deadlines listed.


An interview is required of all international students. Once you start your application, the Admissions Office will contact you regarding the interview. These can be done via Skype or other videoconference technologies for applicants who live far from New York City.

English translations:

All application materials that are not in English, such as university transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Transcript evaluations:

All international applicants whose undergraduate studies took place in a non-U.S. university must submit an evaluation of their undergraduate transcripts. Exceptions are made for Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or any NACES organization member.

Visa requirements:

Full-time students who will require an F-1 Student Visa or J-1 Visa must submit a notarized Affidavit of Support accompanied by original documentation that supports the information on the affidavit. Supporting documentation includes personal bank statements, bank letters, sponsorships, or financial awards. These documents must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Standardized testing (TOEFL, IELTS):

All applicants whose native language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution in a country where the official language is English must submit an original TOEFL or IELTS test score report.

The only exceptions to this policy are applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where the primary language of instruction is English and is located in a country in which the official language is English—the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Ireland.

Please note that our TOEFL code is 7666.

TOEFL or IELTS recommended scores:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) = 100
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) =600.
  • IELTS = 7

We reserve the right to evaluate an applicant’s English based on an admission interview and an ESL test prior to the start of classes. Based on the results from either or both, ESL classes may be required as part of the Fordham curriculum.

For more information about international admissions, please contact Gabelli School of Business graduate admissions at or 212-636-6200.