Follow the admission requirements below if you are not a U.S. citizen and do not have permanent residence in the United States.
Begin your profile registration and tell us some basic information. Then proceed to complete each tab within the application form. After creating an application login, you may check your status anytime.
Your reflective essay should summarize:
- Why you are interested in studying in the United States
- Why you are applying to Valparaiso University
- Your interest in the degree program
- How this program impacts your professional development
Applicants to our Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program must submit a 4-6 page, double-spaced, essay describing their (1) academic background; (2) potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts; (3) aptitude for graduate-level study; (4) career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program; and (5) openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development.
Request two professional or academic recommendation letters to be submitted through our online recommendation form.
Please submit official transcripts with both original and English translations of all university courses in which you have been enrolled.
- Unofficial transcripts are accepted but official copies must be submitted prior to beginning classes.
- The undergraduate transcript should indicate the degree earned.
- High school or secondary transcripts are not required for graduate admission.
The Graduate School conducts most international transcript evaluation in-house. However, it reserves the right to require international applicants to order a professional transcript evaluation by either World Education Services (WES) or a current National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. When required, applicants should request a course-by-course evaluation. All final transcript evaluations must be mailed directly to the Graduate School from the credential evaluation service. Admitted students who complete this special request will be considered for a small grant to offset the cost of the evaluation. The grant will be applied to student’s account upon enrollment in the Graduate School.
Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency may be demonstrated through a standardized test score or certain waiver criteria as listed below:
- 6.0 minimum IELTS with no more than two sub scores below 6.0.
- At this time, we are also accepting the IELTS Indicator for applicants who cannot sit for the in-person IELTS.
- 75 minimum TOEFL internet-based
- At this time, we are also accepting the TOEFL Special Home Edition for applicants who cannot sit for the in-person TOEFL
- TOEFL score must come directly from ETS to be considered valid for admission.
- 56 minimum PTE
- Certain programs require a higher IELTS or TOEFL score. Please see the program pages for details.
- Completion of a recognized English language (ESL) program
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an institution in a recognized English-speaking country
Degree-holders from English-speaking countries:
Graduate and post baccalaureate applicants who received a baccalaureate degree or higher from Valparaiso University or a recognized college or university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya or Australia are not required to submit English proficiency test scores. The student must have undertaken their instruction in the aforementioned countries. Students who received degrees from English-language institutions at remote or distance-learning campuses in their non-English speaking home countries will still be required to submit a language test score.
Transfer applicants may be required to submit English proficiency test scores. The Graduate School maintains the right to require English proficiency testing when deemed necessary.
Applicants from specific partnership institutions may complete and pass an admission interview with the Director of Graduate Admissions to meet our English language proficiency requirement.
Conditional Admission Application Procedure
Valparaiso University offers conditional admission to international students who are academically eligible for admission, but do not meet the English language proficiency requirement on the sole condition that they first attend and graduate from an approved English language studies program, such as ELS level 112. Students who successfully complete an approved English language program are not required to provide a standardized language test score.
Please note: Students offered conditional admission are issued the I-20 form from their language center. Students must provide proof of financial support to their language center in order for the I-20 form to be issued.
Valparaiso University is required by the United States Department of Homeland Security to determine that international applicants have sufficient financial resources to cover their expenses while in the USA. All international applicants must complete:
1. The financial support form (found here) OR a letter of sponsorship from the person(s) assuming responsibility for all of applicant’s fees.
2. A sponsor’s original or official bank statement of sufficient funds or official scholarship notification letter from a governmental or private sponsoring agency (some restrictions apply).
These documents must be turned in before we can generate the form I-20 needed by international applicants to obtain a visa. You may request a waiver for the financial requirement in advance of an admission decision by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. However, if you are admitted, you will need to provide the proof of finances before you would be issued your I-20.
Provide a scanned copy of both sides that is legible and clearly shows your picture.
- $50 for international applications
Your application fee is automatically waived if you have visited campus or met with one of our representatives abroad.
International Application Deadlines
International applicants must submit ALL application materials before each date in order to receive consideration for the corresponding entry term.
Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, provides a professional graduate learning experience. Located near Chicago, the third largest city in the USA, Valpo has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review and enrolls more than 200 international students from over 40 nations. For more information about our resources for international students, please follow the links below: