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Graduate Admission for International Students

Lasell's graduate community offers a rich diversity of students of all ages, work experiences and cultures. Many of the domestic students in the program are working professionals who are studying on a part-time basis. Greece, Russia, Turkey, Ghana, Japan, China, Vietnam, Colombia, India and Venezuela are some of the countries represented by international students. Approximately 15% of Lasell's graduate student body are international.

Graduate Program Format

Graduate classes run in a hybrid format where courses are taught online and have on campus meetings in the evening from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Some classes are also taught 100% online, although international students rarely take courses in this format. To ensure that international students have a positive experience and are successful in their program of study, Lasell caps the enrollment of their graduate courses to 23 students and offers a number of resources which include; an academic advisor, coordinator of international services, academic achievement center, and career services. Lasell’s graduate degree programs are 36 credits and most international students complete their program in 18-24 months studying full-time. Full-time study is 9 credits per semester/session.

International Graduate Student Admission Procedure

International applicants for admission are encouraged to apply for start dates in September and January. It is best to complete the application process at least 8 weeks prior to the start of each semester, as there are several agencies involved which can require additional time to complete the admission process.

International applicants should submit the following information to the Office of Graduate Enrollment:

  • Submit the online application for admission.
  • An official transcript of your college/university academic record with marks, translated into English, if necessary.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your first language. Candidates must provide a TOEFL score equivalent to a minimum 79 (IBT) or 550 (PBT). An equivalent score on the IELTS of a 6.0 or higher is also acceptable.
  • A financial declaration of support or certified bank statement indicating the applicant’s or family or sponsor’s ability to pay the costs associated with attending university in the United States.
  • A copy of your passport and visa, if you are already in the U.S. Applicants seeking a change in visa status must take full responsibility of the change in status process as stated by UCIS.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis upon submission of all of the above information. Candidates who are admitted to the University will be asked to submit a non-refundable deposit of $450. Upon receipt of this deposit, the I-20 will be issued.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Adrienne Franciosi, Assistant Vice President, Graduate and Professional Studies at