Division of Graduate Studies

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English Language Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL / IELTS / PTE)


All graduate study applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate your English language ability, you should submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score report to the Division of Graduate Studies. If you earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, the English language testing requirement will be waived. The Division of Graduate Studies minimum TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE Academic scores are:


TOEFL www.toefl.org

               550 Total score on the paper based test OR

               80 Overall score on the internet based test (iBT TOEFL) OR


               IELTS www.ielts.org

Overall band score of 7.0 OR


PTE Academic www.pearsonpte.com

               Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 65.


TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE Academic scores should be sent to San Francisco State University directly by the testing service. Please note that TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE Academic scores are only valid for two years after the test date. Expired scores will not be considered. TOEFL score reports should be sent to SFSU directly by ETS (Institution Code: 4683). IELTS score reports should be mailed by the exam center to:

               International Graduate Admissions
               San Francisco State University
               1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
               San Francisco, CA 94132

For the PTE Academic test, when ordering test score reports, select San Francisco State University as an official test score recipient from the PTE database of institutions and programs that recognize the PTE.


Note: Some graduate programs require higher English language testing scores than the Division of Graduate Studies. Some graduate programs do not accept the IELTS or PTE Academic test in place of the TOEFL test. We recommend that you review your intended program's website for additional admission criteria.


The Division of Graduate Studies does not offer conditional admission to students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement. For students who do not meet the English language requirement at this time, we recommend you enroll in the American Language Institute right here on campus and apply to graduate study when you do meet the English language requirement. Check out the ALI website: www.sfsu.edu/~ali.

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