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International Graduate Student Admissions

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About International Graduate Admissions

Welcome graduate applicants! We are pleased that you are applying for admission to Mount St. Mary’s University. The Graduate School provides a wide range of services to our international students. Even before students arrive on campus, the Mount is here to help. We truly value the wide lens of our students’ experiences, cultures, talents, and intellect. You will be part of the next generation of leaders who seek to solve some of our world's most pressing challenges.

For a step-by-step guide of the international admissions process, view the International Student Life Cycle (F1/M1) pdf.

International graduate students seeking an F-1 Visa to study in the United States may apply to start in the fall semester only for the in-person MBA*, MSABA and MSB programs. F-1 international graduate students must study in-person and be full-time students. The deadline for international graduate applications is May 15. Program information and specific admissions information can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions Process

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The deadline for international graduate admissions applications and required admissions documents is May 15To help make the admissions process as smooth as possible, follow these steps to get started on reaching your educational goals:

Step 1 - Complete a free online application

Complete a free online application and apply to one of the Mount St. Mary’s degree programs. International students are limited to applying for graduate programs at Mount St. Mary’s University exclusively for a fall semester start.

Step 2 - Submit all required documents

  1. Provide certified copies in English translation of all college/university level courses, grades, and conferred degrees. The university highly recommends the use of World Education Services WES so that we can best assess your candidacy. Please request a course-by-course evaluation.
  2. Provide a copy of your Resume and upload through your Student Portal.
  3. Provide proof of demonstrated English language proficiency. Students need to submit one or more of the following accepted documents:
    • Hold the equivalent (evidenced by credential evaluation) of a U.S. Baccalaureate Degree from a non-U.S. institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English.
    • Submit official test score from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5. The School Code is 5421.
    • Submit official test score from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum overall TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) or 250 (computer-based test). The School Code is 5421.
    • Provide a copy of a U.S. high school diploma or U.S. General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or international high school diploma, e.g., U.S. military base, business/diplomat expat community, etc., in which instruction is delivered primarily in English.
    • Complete (with passing grades of C or better in all courses) a minimum of two (2) academic terms at a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution in which instruction is delivered primarily in English.

Step 3 - Check your status on your Application Status Portal

Check your status on your Application Status Portal. It is important to check your portal often to see important communications from the university along with a list of any materials we still need to make an admissions decision. You can also upload supporting documents in your portal.

Step 4 - Complete the Decision Form

Once admitted, complete the Decision Form. Upon acceptance to the degree program, the international student must complete the Decision Form through their application portal. This form lets the university know that you are accepting our offer of admission.

Step 5 - Follow the I-20 process

Follow the process in the I-20 Requirements section to obtain an F-1 Visa to study in the United States.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Office.

I-20 Requirements

Mount St. Mary's University has the approval of the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) to enroll foreign students into its degree programs. An international student wishing to study in the United States must have a non-immigrant F-1 Student Visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. permanent resident, or hold other legal status, you need an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Visas are issued by United States embassies and consulates not colleges or universities. In order to obtain your F-1 visa, you will first be required to obtain an I-20 issued by the university. You cannot be issued an I-20 until after you have been accepted to Mount St. Mary's University and completed the proper paperwork. Please submit the following requirements no later than June 1 so that we can complete our review of your documents:

Step 1 - Submit required materials

Submit these required materials needed to review prior to issuing an I-20 (Deadline June 1):

  • Provide a copy of your passport through your Student Portal. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry into the United States.
  • Complete the International Student Information form that is in your Student Portal.
  • Upload your completed Financial Affidavit form and certified bank statements through your Student Portal. A Financial Affidavit is a certified bank statement or sworn statement of support documenting that adequate funds are available to pay the full educational and living expenses in the United States for each year of enrollment listed below. Verification of financial support is also required for dependents: $12,000 per year for an F-2 spouse and $6,000 per year for each F-2 child.
  • Projected costs and dates are as follows:
    • Enrollment Status: Full-Time
    • Initial Session Start Date: August 19, 2024
    • Enrollment End Date: May 10, 2026
    • Current year tuition: $25,560 (36 credit MBA & MSB programs) or $29,820 (42 credit MSABA program) 1
    • Estimated Annual Living Expenses in the Maryland Area: $27,756 2
    • Estimated Cost of Books: $2,400 3
    • Estimated Cost of Health Insurance: $2,400 4
    • Total Estimated Cost for One Year of Study: $58,116 (36 credit programs) or $62,376 (42 credit MSABA program)

1Based on tuition for the 2024-25 academic year. Subject to change. source: Mount St. Mary’s Tuition and Fees.

2 Based on data on Frederick, Maryland from

3Based on costs from the Mount Bookstore.

4Based on costs from

Step 2 - Wait for Mount DSO to issue a Form I-20

The Mount DSO will issue a Form I-20: Certificate of Eligibility of Nonimmigrant Student Status after all I-20 documents have been reviewed and verified. This I-20 will be uploaded to the student admissions status portal for students to use to obtain their International F-1 student visa.

Step 3 - Get the International F-1 Student Visa Stamp

Get the International F-1 Student Visa Stamp. International students must work with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to obtain the international F-1 Student Visa Stamp which is needed to enter the United States.

  1. Student (or delegate) will have to complete the electronic I-901 form and pay the $350 SEVIS fee with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. An electronic form I-797 is then issued as a receipt proving the fee was paid (note: no paper receipt will be issued).
  2. Student completes the electronic DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application and prints out the confirmation for submission to the U.S. embassy/consulate. (Canadian citizens do not need an F-1 visa to study in the USA but must have a valid I-20 and proof of payment of the SEVIS fee.)
  3. Students then make an appointment with the closest US embassy or consulate office for visa interview.
  4. After the embassy grants the visa stamp (it may take four or more days for processing), the student can make travel arrangements for arrival in the U.S. (no sooner than 30 days before the I-20 “beginning” date, and no later than that date).

Have more questions? Contact the Graduate Admissions Designated School Official (DSO) at

Bernard Kimani, MBA'22

Every achievement begins with a leap of faith. As an international student, I embraced the unknown, navigated challenges, and emerged stronger. The support of MSMU illuminated my path and nourished my growth. I learned that the world becomes a place of endless possibilities. Today, I stand proud, and my journey of education has become a bridge to a promising future. Today, I stand with gratitude. Go Mount!

Bernard Kimani, MBA'22 Mount St. Mary's University International Student Graduate from Kenya

Accompanying Family Members

If you have immediate family members (spouse and/or children) who will accompany you, each must be included on your I-20 and must apply for their own F-2 visa. To request for immediate family member(s) to be included you must submit a photocopy of each person's passport, provide documentation certifying your relationship (marriage certificate or child's birth certificate), and provide additional financial support documentation to show you will have adequate funds available to you to support your family as well as your own living expenses and educational program. It is important to note that dependents are NOT eligible for SSN and may NOT work.

Learn more about bringing dependents to the United States.

I-20 Transfers

International students with a previous I-20 record that is being transferred to the Mount do not need a new F-1 Visa stamp to attend Mount St. Mary's University. The old F-1 Visa stamp in the passport is still valid for travel into the USA (even though a different school is listed) as long as the date has not yet expired. In addition, the international student must have maintained status with a current I-20.

Important Notes

  • An I-20 will not be issued for a conditional or provisional admission to an academic degree program.
  • If you are transferring a SEVIS I-20 please contact the Graduate New Student DSO.
  • Please note, financial aid is not available for International Graduate students.
  • It is your responsibility to always maintain your lawful nonimmigrant status. Should you fail to maintain status, there may be serious consequences and you may have to end your program and leave the United States.

As with all U.S. educational institutions, the Mount is required by federal law to maintain records for such students through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The Primary Designated SEVIS Official (PDSO) is responsible for processing and maintaining international student visa records for all university programs. 

Mindy Vollmer 

Mindy Vollmer 

Designated SEVIS Official

New Students - Graduate Programs (Frederick campus)

Katie Soter 

Katie Soter 

Designated SEVIS Official

Current Students - Graduate Programs (Frederick campus)

Alice Creasman

Alice Creasman

Primary Designated SEVIS Official

Emmitsburg and Frederick campuses


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