International Applicants

International applicants must achieve permanent resident status a year prior to applying to the Emory AA Program.  

International students are welcome to apply; however exceptions are not granted to those applicants that may currently hold MA, PhD or MD degrees or certifications received outside the United States. The admissions process is the same for domestic and international students. If your undergraduate degree is from a college outside the United States and English was not the primary language, you must complete at least one full semester of coursework in English at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college (regardless of United States’ residency status) and meet the general admission requirements. 

Guidelines for Graduates of Colleges and Universities outside the United States:

  • You are not required to submit an English Language Test Score if your undergraduate degree is from an institution in which English is the language of instruction AND you work in a country where commerce is generally conducted in English (for Example: India, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda) or if the applicant has spent three years in the U.S. studying toward completion of an undergraduate degree or completed a graduate degree in the U.S. followed by at least two years of employment in the U.S.   
  • For all other applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of United States' residency status) we require the TOEFL exam (minimum score 600 or comparable on the computerized exam) or the Pearson Test (minimum score 68). Official set scores must be sent to the Emory AA Program office.  

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work taken outside of the United States must be evaluated by one of the listed credentialing organization. The report must demonstrate equivalency to a bachelor's degree received at a college or university in the U.S. and must evaluate the transcript course-by-course for equivalency to required prerequisites.
  1. Educational Credential Evaluators
  2. World Education Services.
  • All international students are required by the Emory AA Program to show proof of ability to pay for two years of tuition prior to becoming admitted. Please note that citizens of foreign countries are ineligible to receive U.S. federal financial aid. Permanent residents with I-151, I-551, or I-551C VISAS are eligible for federal financial aid, as well as merit-based scholarships.

For more information, please contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at 404-727-3300 or visit