International Graduate Admissions

You envision a university with excellent teaching, demonstrable career outcomes and a firm faith foundation. All of this and more can be found at Abilene Christian University.

In our classrooms and community networks, ACU seeks to build cross-cultural learning environments that empower international students to thrive. With many campus and partnership opportunities for intercultural involvement, you will be invited to apply your talents in new ways while finding belonging and expanding your horizons right here in Abilene.

You envision a university with excellent teaching, demonstrable career outcomes and a firm faith foundation. All of this and more can be found at Abilene Christian University.

In our classrooms and community networks, ACU seeks to build cross-cultural learning environments that empower international students to thrive. With many campus and partnership opportunities for intercultural involvement, you will be invited to apply your talents in new ways while finding belonging and expanding your horizons right here in Abilene.

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Application Checklist for International Graduate Students

If you are prepared to seek new possibilities at ACU, please ensure that you submit your application materials at least six months ahead of your desired start date. We should also receive your official test scores and transcripts no later than 60 days before your studies begin. Your program may have specific stipulations, and we’ve assembled a list of requirements to keep in mind.

Application

In this critical step, please ensure that you respond to all questions and match the name on your application to the name on your transcripts (and, where possible, your passport). Please also include your current email address so we can keep you up-to-date on the progress of your application.

Bachelor’s degree

With a few departmental exceptions and additions, all graduate students at ACU must have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US college or university or comparable international university.

Minimum GPA

Though some departments may provide stricter guidelines, the general minimum cumulative GPA for ACU graduate programs is 3.0 on a 4-point scale from an undergraduate or graduate program.

English language proficiency

You may demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • An official test score sent to ACU by the testing entity (ACU test code: 6001). ACU accepts the following English language proficiency tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – 80 minimum overall score, 19 or above in reading and writing
    • International English Language System (IELTS) – 6.0 minimum overall score; 6.0 or above in reading and writing
    • Duolingo – 110 minimum score
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

Financial sufficiency

Please review the required financial documents international students must submit to the Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars. Your submitted records should demonstrate sufficient funds for the estimated cost of one year of study at ACU.

Cost Estimate for International Graduate Students:
  • Annual Tuition Cost: Detailed on your program’s page
  • Room and Board:  $11,800
  • Insurance and Books:  $2,700
Example cost estimate for a communication master’s degree:
  • Annual Tuition Cost: $1,397 per credit hour X 18 credits = $25,146
  • Room and Board:  $11,800
  • Insurance and Books: $2,700

Total example estimate: $39,346

Note: This estimate does not include summer housing costs, travel or transportation expenses, or personal costs.

Passport

Please send a copy of your passport with your application materials; the information on your passport will be used to prepare your I-20 immigration document, which you will use along with your certificate of admission to apply for a student visa from your country’s US consulate or embassy.

Financial Aid for International Graduate Students

You may be able to highlight your skills and passions by applying for a graduate assistantship, which includes a scholarship and living stipend, within your program. As an international student, you may also apply for on-campus employment for up to 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and full-time during school breaks. Further financial assistance is available through the Wildcat Pay Plan, ACU’s innovative tuition payment model, to help balance your payments over the course of each semester.

Scholarships for International Graduate Students

ACU’s graduate scholarships are designated by program and awarded based on demonstrated experience and expertise. Further outside scholarships may be available through professional organizations and accrediting bodies.