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International Graduate Student Application

In order to be evaluated for graduate admission at Carson-Newman University, please submit the following documents to  Carson-Newman University - International Graduate and Adult Studies. Documents can be submitted individually; however, in order to expedite the process, please submit all documentation together.

This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant students.

International Graduate Admission Requirements:

Completed Application

3 Recommendation Letters (waived for Master of Education, and MBA)

      • Recommendation letters from each of the following areas: Academic, Employment, Character:
      • Complete ONLINE Recommendation Request Form
      • Downloadable PAPER Recommendation Form


Official Transcripts

      • One Official Transcript from each University or College you have attended.
      • Evaluated Credentials: All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions require a professional credential evaluation from an agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
      • Credential Evaluating Agencies

Language Scores

Minimum scores:
TOEFL iBT: 79; scores between 60 &78 accepted, but must complete TESL 560, 563 & 564 in addition to degree requirements

IELTS: 6.5; scores between 5.5 & 6.4 accepted, but must complete TESL 560, 563 & 564 in addition to degree requirements

*Students without a required English language test score may be admissible but will be tested for English language proficiency upon arrival and may be required to complete additional English language study in the Carson-Newman English Language Institute (ELI) prior to beginning full time graduate study.
*International students who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university in the United States or who have successfully completed study in the Carson-Newman English Language Institute are exempted from the English proficiency test requirement. In addition, applicants from the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand are also exempt from this requirement.

Application for Issuance of I-20

Form I-20  will be issued only after acceptance for admission to Carson-Newman has been approved and the University receives the $100 application fee and all other admissions requirements.

Certificate of Bank Deposit/Bank Statement

Certificate of Financial Support

Photocopy of Passport page with Photo and Full Name

If family members will be traveling here with you, please provide copies of their passports as well.

Application Fee

  • $100.00 Application Fee This fee may be paid after an acceptance decision has been rendered


Submit Official Transcripts and Application Materials to:

International Graduate and Adult Studies

Carson-Newman University

CN Box 71985

Jefferson City, TN 37760

Phone: (1) 865.471.3230

Toll Free: (1) 855.481.6926

Email: nstewart@cn.edu


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