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How International Students Can Attend The Online M.S. in Information Systems

International Student Info

If you are an international student, there are a few special considerations which are outlined below. We also encourage you to apply early so that you have plenty of time.

Language Requirements

Those whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable combined TOEFL score is 550 (written) or 213 (computerized) or 80 (internet-based). The TOEFL code for UMBC is 5835. TOEFL scores must have been taken within two years of matriculation to be valid.

We will also accept IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores, the minimum acceptable total score is 6.5.

The only exception is for students who have earned a post-secondary degree from an accredited university in a country where the official language is English. Students who have received post-secondary degrees from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Applicants who have attended non-English language universities must provide an official English language transcript and an official native language transcript or mark sheets from every post-secondary institution attended. The UMBC Graduate School will accept official WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluations as fulfillment of the requirement for official transcripts in the admissions process.

Transcripts for international applications should be sent to Scott Philips (


No I-20s for F-1 Visas will be issued by UMBC to enroll in this online program. This impacts students who are not US Citizens or permanent residents in the US.