Admission of International Graduate Students

Creighton University is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Candidates for admission from foreign countries must present original and complete educational credentials, including a certified translation of all university transcripts (if in a language other than English) from a recognized credential evaluation service, such as the World Education Services. English language proficiency is an important part of the application process for those whose first language is not English.  The faculty admission committee for each Creighton graduate program has the discretion to determine individual standards for how this requirement will be met, using one or more of the following:

  • English language exam scores:  Minimum ibt Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 90, with no section below 20; minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with no sub-score lower than 6; or a minimum Duolingo score of 62.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from one of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United Sates, and Virgin Islands.
  • Individual graduate programs have the discretion to utilize face-to-face interviews or other means to verify that English language proficiency has been met.

Foreign applicants should request official exam scores to be sent directly to Creighton University.  Foreign students may enroll in Creighton University’s Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program on a full-or part-time basis in order to improve their English skills. Individual programs may require higher minimum TOEFL scores.

Once the international candidate has been accepted into the University as a full-time student, an affidavit of support for the cost of at least one semester is required before a certificate of eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued to the student.

Creighton University requires all registered students who are not permanent U.S. residents or U.S. citizens to enroll in Creighton’s health insurance group plan offered for international students. The insurance is valid anywhere in the world during the policy term except the student’s home country or country of regular domicile. Coverage for dependents is also available. For more information, contact the Global Engagement Office, 402.280.2221.