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The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is a globally-oriented environment. You will find students from more than 25 countries across the world. We welcome you to review the information below, which is relevant for international students applying to our programs.

In addition to the GSAS website, we hope you find other Brandeis websites helpful to you, including those of our International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) and English Language Programs (ELP). Brandeis' ISSO supports international students and scholars across the university, from over 120 countries around the globe. The ISSO is dedicated to helping students and scholars with adjustment to life at Brandeis and in the United States. Our English Language Programs offer services to assist international graduate students in adjusting to the American academic environment by offering weekly one-on-one tutorials in writing and speaking, as well as classes to hone speaking, teaching, and presentation skills.

English Proficiency Exam Requirement for Application

Almost all international applicants must submit official test score results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic). An applicant should check with the testing agency to ensure that their scores are still valid and that the agency will be able to send an official score report.

Students who are citizens of the following English-speaking countries, or who have graduated from an accredited degree program at an English-speaking university within these countries, are exempt from this requirement: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, and the United Kingdom. 

Please note that some departments (i.e., politics) have strict guidelines and may require English proficiency scores from all international applicants. Please check with the department to which you are applying to see if it is a requirement.

Minimum Score Requirements for English Proficiency Exam

Minimum scores for each exam are:

  • 600 (paper-based TOEFL)
  • 250 (computer-based TOEFL)
  • 100 (Internet-based TOEFL)
  • 7 (IELTS)
  • 68 (PTE)

Our departments evaluate each student individually and holistically, considering all aspects of the application before making a final decision on admission. If your score is less than our published minimum, please check with your program of interest to see if you are eligible.

Submitting an Official English Proficiency Score Report

Please note that your application will not be reviewed without official test scores submitted directly from the testing agencies. You should contact the testing agency and request that your official score report be sent to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

  • TOEFL: Please provide ETS with institution code 3261. No department code is necessary.
  • IELTS: Please enter your TRF number when prompted within the application so that we may verify your scores.
  • PTE Academic: This exam does not have institution codes. You will need to arrange delivery via Pearson.

Overall, it can take up to three weeks from the date that you order your official scores to the date they are associated with your application. The materials checklist on your applicant status page will reflect receipt of the official scores once this happens.

Please do not upload, email, or mail any copies of your score reports.

Indicating that You Have a Future English Proficiency Exam Scheduled

In the Test Score section of the application, there is a link to add new test scores. Simply click on the “Add Test” link, select the appropriate test, and then enter a future test date, leaving the score fields blank. This will allow you to submit the application without scores for that specific test.

Please request that your official score report be sent to Brandeis GSAS once you have taken the test. When the official scores arrive, we will associate them with your application.

Financial Assistance for International Students

International applicants who are accepted into PhD programs generally receive a full tuition scholarship, a competitive stipend in return for teaching and/or research, and health insurance benefits. Master's candidates may be eligible for merit scholarships and institutional need-based aid, dependent on the program to which they are applying. International Applicants should follow the instructions in their award letter to submit the CSS Profile. For complete information about sources of funding, including loans, please visit our Financial Aid section.