International Student Requirements

In addition to the requirements for new students or former students returning, all international applicants MUST include in their application packet the following:

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the requirements for new students or former students returning, all international applicants MUST include in their application packet the following:

Graduate program applicants must have the equivalent of the U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Official transcripts, final certificates, and/or mark sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the
Howard University School of Divinity, Office of Admissions, Holy Cross Hall Room 419, 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008 (photocopies or transcripts in the applicant's possession are not acceptable).

If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by official translations.

ALL international transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Please visit www.wes.org and initiate the International Credential Advantage Package which includes the transcript evaluation report with Course-by-Course grades and Grade Point Average (GPA), and provides verified copies of your transcripts. The WES report can be expedited atwww.wes.org/why/fast.asp. The WES report should be sent to the Howard University School of Divinity, Office of Admissions, Holy Cross Hall Room 419, 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington, DC 20008. If the WES is not available in your country, the International Evaluation Services of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) may be accepted.

All documents must bear the same name that appears on the admissions application unless an official document is submitted indicating a change of name.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required from all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language. The TOEFL test is not required if you received a degree in the U.S.

The Statement of Financial Resources Form (click here) must be submitted. A completed form verifies proof of financial support (sufficient funds to cover expenses for one full year in US dollars only) and supporting financial documentation indicating sources of funds while attending Howard University (such as a certified bank statement dated within three month of registration).


International applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 1 (Fall) or October 1 (Spring) to allow sufficient time to obtain proper documents of eligibility and visas..

The Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (I-20) will be issued after the student is admitted to the University, paid the required enrollment fee, and submitted the above required documents.

Regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service require that all people on F-1 (student) visas pursue a full course of study at all times. This means that graduate students must be enrolled in no less than 9 credit hours at all times. For additional information contact the Office of International Student Services at (202) 806-4124.