International applicant resources

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Join the vibrant Johns Hopkins Carey Business School learning community and seize opportunities to build for what’s next. The university’s academic distinction has attracted students from across the globe from the time Johns Hopkins was established as the first American research university in 1876.

Our students live, work, and lead in a global marketplace that transcends boundaries, cultures, and nationalities. Participation from students with diverse nationalities is an essential element to our academic programs. The diverse perspectives of international students at Carey Business School creates a shared understanding of the varied dimensions of our global economy. The university’s faculty and students are diverse in nationality and includes hundreds of scholars from around the world.

Please review the following information to prepare your Carey Business School application:

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Deadlines

All international application deadlines are identical to domestic application deadlines. We encourage you to complete and submit your application in the first or second round to allow time to process your visa. View all application deadlines.

The MBA admissions team can answer any questions you may have regarding the application process.

Tuition and Fees

As you consider a degree from Carey Business School, review all tuition and fee information specific to each program.

STEM-designated programs

Our full-time STEM programs offer an Optional Practice Training benefit that allows international students to stay in the U.S. for an additional 24 months after graduation:


How to apply if you are a non-U.S. citizen by program:

Submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language

In addition to submitting the materials required for all applicants, international applicants must submit a test of English as a foreign language or International English Language Testing System score. You may be exempt if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or another country on the TOEFL-IELTS exemptions list.
  • You completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university where English was the ONLY language of instruction, as indicated on the university’s website, transcript, and/or mark sheets.
  • You have been employed and resided in the U.S. for at least four years.

Please indicate in the “Supporting Materials” section of the application if you meet one of the above qualifications for exemption.

The preferred minimum TOEFL score is 100 on the Internet-based test. Carey uses TOEFL's "MyBest" score. The preferred minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Given the small number of students who take the TOEFL revised Paper-delivered Test, Carey Business School does not publish a preferred minimum score for this version. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. The TOEFL code for Carey Business School is 0834, IELTS does not require a code.

Individual programs may require additional evidence to demonstrate English language proficiency:

  • Submit an official course-by-course evaluation for all degrees earned or expected from outside the U.S. The course-by-course evaluation must be provided by an authorized credential evaluation agency and must reflect that the applicant has the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. See the Credential Evaluation Agencies section for a list of authorized agencies.
  • Special note for applicants with three-year undergraduate degrees from non-U.S. colleges and universities: In some situations, three-year degrees can be considered equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree. In these cases, applicants can apply to Carey Business School.
  • Before you begin your application and the credential evaluation process, please contact the Admissions Officer for your country for further guidance. Typically, World Education Services is the only credential evaluation agency that will consider three-year degrees as being equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Applicants can preview how their degree will be evaluated by using a free tool at the World Education Services website.

If coursework was earned outside of the U.S. but the degree was earned in the U.S., only transcripts from all schools are required and must be in English.

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Credential evaluation agencies

International credential evaluation requirement

Applicants who hold or who are currently pursuing degrees from non-U.S. institutions must have their academic records evaluated by a NACES member agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree or certificate program. The credential evaluation must reflect the applicant has the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Applicants who are currently pursuing a degree from a school outside of the U.S. and will not graduate by the application deadline are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of completed course work. Students who enroll are required to submit an updated evaluation showing the degree has been conferred.

Why credential evaluation is important

Credential evaluation is used to assess a student's coursework against the U.S. grading system and to evaluate courses for possible transfer credit. Applicants should make arrangements with a NACES member agency for an evaluation of the degree, an assessment of the overall grade point average, and a course-by-course evaluation. These evaluations must meet the equivalency of a U.S. degree.

Authorized agencies

Because fees and documents required for evaluations may vary by agency, applicants are encouraged to contact the agency directly for additional information. We authorize evaluations from any NACES member agency. Our applicants most commonly choose one of the following:

*Applicants with degrees from institutions in India should consult with their admissions officer before choosing an agency.


We encourage you to be aware of the following before starting an application:

  • In order to receive an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 status from Johns Hopkins University, you must be fully admitted to a full-time degree program well in advance of the start of the semester. We encourage you to apply in round one or two to allow plenty of time for visa processing. Read more about our deadlines.
  • Full-time status or full course of study is defined at Carey Business School as enrolled in at least nine credits each fall semester and at least nine credits each spring semester. Johns Hopkins University will not grant an I-20 for programs designated as part-time even if taking a full-time course load is possible.
  • No federal financial aid is available for international students. International students are considered for merit scholarships with their admissions application. No separate application is needed. Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid for information about our endowed scholarships, scholarships available from private organizations, and student loans available to international students.
  • International student tuition rates are identical to domestic student rates. Costs for all academic programs can be found on the tuition and fees webpage.
  • As an F-1 student and to receive an I-20 from us, you are required to provide documented proof that you can afford all tuition and living expenses for one academic year. See our Cost of Attendance webpage for the current estimated cost of living.
  • For privacy and security reasons, do not send bank statements or other financial documentation with your application. You will be notified by the Office of International Services when this information is required.
  • We do not provide on-campus housing for any Carey Business School student. Learn more about housing resources in the area.

International student resources

Students from around the globe come to study at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. With student organizations and tailored resources, there’s a place for everyone on campus. See all international student resources.

Visa and immigration

The Johns Hopkins University Office of International Services assists international students with the visa and immigration process. New degree-seeking students should consult the Office of International Students website for more information on the visa process and transitioning to life at Carey. All questions should be directed to the Office of International Services via phone at 667-208-7001 or email at ois@jhu.edu.

Office of International Services

The Office of International Services issues documents required for students to obtain their visa and maintain their status once they have arrived in the U.S. The Office of International Services also aids with travel, employment authorizations, change of status, cross-cultural awareness, financial concerns, health matters, housing, and other issues that may arise during a student’s stay.

All five Johns Hopkins University international student and scholar offices have been combined into a single administrative unit. This shared responsibility makes it easier for all international students to receive the assistance they need in a timely manner at any of the five Offices of International Services. Learn more at the central Office of International Students.