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International Students


The Mount’s welcoming community includes international students from more than a dozen different countries. The Mount, located just north of Washington D.C., helps to prepare men and women for the global community of the 21st century. Mount St. Mary's University is committed to building a diverse community as part of its educational, Catholic mission.

Please review our undergraduate admission requirements and then contact our Admissions Office, who will be happy to tell you more about the Mount.

What do I need to submit to apply as an international student?

  • The completed application form, along with the $45 application fee.

  • Certified copies in English translation of secondary-level courses and grades, state or national examination results, and the appropriate diploma or certificate received in secondary school. The University highly recommends the use of the World Education Services Credential Evaluations so that we can best assess your candidacy.

  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English was not the language of instruction. International students for whom English is not the native language are required to take the TOEFL and, generally, a minimum score of 550 on the paper test, 83 on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test is necessary to be considered for admission.

Those who are offered admission and plan to enroll must also submit:

  • A certified bank statement or affidavit of support documenting that adequate funds are available to pay the full educational and living expenses in the United States for each year of enrollment. Please note that limited academic scholarships, ranging in amount up to but not more than about one-third of the total budget of the educational and living costs, may be available to international applicants with especially strong academic credentials and TOEFL and SAT results. Contact Grant Henry, Admissions Counselor, for more information.

  • The Mount St. Mary's medical form, indicating completion of the required United States immunizations, as well as immunizations required by the native country.

Information about obtaining an international student visa can be found on our international students visas and responsibilities webpage.

Undergraduate applications are due by March 1 for the following fall semester. If you have any other questions about applying to Mount St. Mary's University as an international student and entering as an undergraduate candidate, please contact Grant Henry in the Admissions Office at 800-448-4347.


Why do international students come to the Mount?

The Campus Community
With 83% of students living on campus, and a faculty to student ratio of 14:1, this is a small community where everyone helps each other.

Support Services
Our Center for Student Diversity helps to support all students on campus, but specifically underrepresented student populations.

Academics
The University offers numerous programs within our Schools of Business, Education, and Science and College of Liberal Arts. In addition, there are many opportunities to study abroad.

Location
Centrally located between Baltimore and Washington D.C., yet being able to live in a rural, safe environment is a ideal location for many students.


International Graduate and Seminary Students

International graduate students must maintain a full-time graduate course load, a minimum of 9 credits in the fall and spring semesters. In addition to the requirements listed for admission to the individual graduate programs, international graduate students must also submit upon acceptance:

  • Certified copies in English translation from World Education Services (www.wes.org) of university/college, secondary level courses and grades, state or national examination results, and the appropriate diploma or certificate received in secondary school for education completed outside the United States

  • Copy of passport (Information page and Visa page)

  • Affidavit of financial support

  • Demonstrated English language proficiency; MUST provide ONE or more of the following:

  • ​Holding the equivalent (evidenced by credential evaluation) of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from a non-U.S. institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English

  • Submitting official test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

  • A minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

  • A minimum overall TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) or 250 (computer-based test) is required.

  • Holding a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or international high school diploma, e.g., U.S. military base, business/diplomat expat community, etc., in which instruction is delivered primarily in English

  • Completing (with passing grades of C or better in all courses) a minimum of two (2) academic terms at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English

Students requiring an International Student Visa (either an initial I-20 form or needing to transfer their I-20 from another school) should contact:

Melissa Flohr
Assistant Director of Graduate and Adult Business Programs
Mount St. Mary's University
5350 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD 21703
301-447-5908

For further information about obtaining an international student visa and the rights and responsibilities of being an international student at the Mount, see the student visa page.

International students interested in applying to the graduate Seminary formation program should contact seminaryinfo@msmary.edu.

 
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