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International Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Learn how to begin your academic journey and what you’ll need to get started.

To apply, you will need the following: 

  • A completed admission application for Concordia University Chicago.
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework from each institution you have attended.
  • Foreign transcripts evaluated by a Concordia-Chicago-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  • A certified document pledging financial support for your first year of study and without any unexpected events, and enough funding from the same or an equally dependable source for the following years.
  • Proof of graduation from a secondary school.
  • A transfer verification form for students transferring from a school in the United States.
  • Proof of English proficiency, via one of the following:
    • A score of at least 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — Concordia-Chicago’s DI code is 1140
    • A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A score of 6.0 on the Password Skills Test
    • Successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or a certificate of completion of program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director

Please note: The undergraduate admission office must receive all documents at least two months prior to the expected term of enrollment.

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Graduate Admission Requirements

Gather the necessary materials prior to beginning the application process.

To apply for graduate study, you will need the following:

  • A completed Concordia University Chicago admission application.
  • A completed objective statement that provides information on your future educational goals.
  • Proof of English proficiency, via one of the following:
    • A score of at least 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — Concordia-Chicago’s DI code is 1140
    • A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A score of 6.0 on the Password Skills Test
    • Successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or a certificate of completion of program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director
  • Official, sealed transcripts from the institutions where your degrees were earned, showing all college and university coursework, with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language.
  • Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts evaluations from WES (World Education Services) and ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • A certified document pledging financial support for the first year of study, verifying the same or equally dependable source for the following years of study.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on your academic proficiency, your personal character, your competence and the effectiveness of your professional work.
  • At least 12 prerequisite credit hours at the undergraduate level in a discipline appropriate to the program of application.
  • A professional resume.

Please note: The Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services must receive all documents at least four weeks prior to the expected term of enrollment. International students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program prior to enrolling in coursework. I-20 forms will be issued after university admission is granted.

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MBA Admission Requirements

Start on the path toward earning an internationally recognized MBA degree.

To apply for for the MBA program, you will need the following:

  • Admission Application and Objective Statement
    Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago. This objective statement is part of the online application.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – our DI code is 1140
    • 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Michigan test score of at least 85
    • 61 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    • Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or certificate of Completion of Program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director
    • King George International College (KGIC) English for Post-Secondary Education (EPE) final proficiency test scores of 75% with a passing class score of 80 will also be accepted for language proficiency
  • Official Transcripts
    Provide official, sealed transcripts from institutions where degrees were earned showing all college/university coursework with certified English translations of all transcripts originally prepared in any other language.
  • Foreign Transcript Evaluation
    Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts evaluations from WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant's academic proficiency, personal character, and competence and effectiveness of professional work.
  • Declaration of Finances
    Submit a certified document pledging financial support for the first year of study, verifying the same or equally dependable source for the following year(s) of study,
  • Prerequisite Credit
    Have at least 12 credit hours at the undergraduate level in a discipline appropriate to the program of application.
  • Professional Resume

Please Note: All documents related to admission should be submitted to Concordia University Chicago's Office of Graduate Admission and Student Services at least four weeks prior to the term in which the student intends to take classes. International Students must qualify for regular admission to a degree program prior to enrolling in coursework. All documents should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the student's expected date of entry. I-20 forms will be issued after University admission is granted.

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