International Graduate Admissions Criteria

English Proficiency

International students who have graduated with a G.E.D. in the United States or a degree (High School, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree) from an accredited school in the United States or another English-speaking country must meet the same admission requirements as U.S. students. Other English-speaking countries include Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Cameroon (West/English-speaking), Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa (English schools), St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks & Caico Isle, United Kingdom, and the Virgin Islands.

For other international students, the English language requirement of SAU will be met when the applicant has submitted proof of ONE of the following:

  • A score of 550 or higher on the written TOEFL
  • A score of 210 or higher on the computerized TOEFL
  • A score of 79 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL
  • A score of Band 6.0 (overall) on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center or its equivalent
  • Completion of EF Level 5
  • Completion of level 5 SAU ESL program

Application Fee

Application Fee of $50 must be submitted before your application is complete. This fee should be in the form of a bank draft made payable to Southern Arkansas University and mailed to:

SAU International Office
P.O. Box 9224
Magnolia, Arkansas 71754-9224

If you are paying by a credit card, you may contact our business office at 870-235-4018.

Foreign Transcripts

Official transcripts listing courses, examinations, grades, and marks sent directly to Southern Arkansas University from your high school or college/university. Photocopies may be temporarily accepted if they are certified by an official at the American Embassy or a known world organization.

Transcripts Evaluation

Courses completed at foreign colleges or universities which are approved by the Ministry of Education in that country will be considered for graduate admission if the student has a transcript evaluation done by one of the following companies: WES ( or other private credential evaluation agencies approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. The evaluation needs to include a “course by course” analysis with GPA. For the best results, the evaluation needs to be completed prior to registration for classes at Southern Arkansas University.

Web links to English Proficiency Testing Companies and Language Center: