Applicants Without a U.S. Degree & International Applicants

Our international students bring different perspectives and new thinking to our programs—an essential component of a top-tier nursing education.

To ensure that all incoming students are prepared for UMSON’s rigorous academic challenges, all international applicants and applicants without a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, must provide additional information with their applications.

The following programs are not eligible for F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship, due to the amount of online courses:

  • RN-to-BSN
  • RN-to-MS
  • Master of Science in Health Services Leadership Management (HSLM)
  • Master of Science in Nursing Informatics
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) print out should be sent to the University of Maryland School of Nursing by the testing agency. The School of Nursing school code for TOEFL is: B638.

The TOEFL is required of all applicants who have not successfully completed a high school, associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree at an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university.

You must submit a TOEFL or IELTS report before the application deadline, or your application may be canceled.

Scores older than two years prior to the date of application will not be accepted. Minimum TOEFL scores to be considered for admission are 550 on the paper-based examination, 213 on the computer-based examination, and 79 on the Internet-based examination. IELTS test takers must score no less than Band 6.5 for BSN or Band 7 for MS (total).

Applicants in the process of completing outstanding degree requirements from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university may request a TOEFL waiver by submitting the request to the Office of Admissions at

For more information about these reports:

Foreign Coursework Evaluation

Applicants who complete coursework outside the U.S. must have official transcript(s) evaluated by a recognized international credit evaluation service. Official evaluation of all foreign (non-U.S.) coursework must be sent to the University of Maryland School of Nursing by the service. Evaluations from the following agencies are accepted:

  • Any NACES Member who provides:
    • Course by course evaluation
    • Both credit value and letter grade

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an international student, but I’ve lived in the U.S. for many years and have taken English courses. Do I still have to take an English proficiency test?

Yes, you are required to take the test if you do not have a U.S. high school diploma or a U.S. college degree.

I took courses outside of the U.S. Can I send you the transcript from that school? 

No, you must have a course-by-course evaluation done by one of the following agencies:

  • Any NACES Member who provides:
    • Course by course evaluation
    • Both credit value and letter grade