International Student Doctoral Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the other doctoral program requirements, international doctoral student applicants who wish to study in the NAU doctoral program must satisfy all of the following criteria for admission:

  1. Provide evidence of completion of a graduate degree in the form of official transcripts through one of the following requirements:
    1. a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States; or
    2. an international higher education institution recognized by the ministry of education or other appropriate government agency and a transcript evaluation from an organization approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES); or
    3. an official credential evaluation of the academic transcript or marks sheets from the country where secondary education was completed. The documents presented should be those which would allow the student access to post-secondary education in the home country. Diplomas or certificates of government examinations must show the subjects passed, and grades or marks received. All records should be submitted in the native language, and credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfaction of one of the following requirements:
    1. Provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report indicating a minimum score of 500 for a paper-based, 173 for a computer-based or 61 for an Internet-based exam (The TOEFL must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University. When ordering TOEFL test results, include the university’s school code of 6464.).
    2. Provide an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report with an overall minimum score of 5.0. (The IELTS must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University.)
    3. Provide evidence of completion of two quarters (or equivalent) of college-level English (excluding ESL courses) with a grade of C or higher at a college or university whose language of instruction is English.