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International Admissions

Important International Graduate Student Information at Boler College of Business

When you are ready to apply, the online graduate application will ask you to choose from one of three student designations:

  • Graduate Business (if you are a U.S. citizen and are planning to enroll in a graduate program)
  • International Graduate Business (if you are not a U.S. citizen and are planning to enroll in a graduate program)
  • Non-Degree/Transient Graduate Business (if you are taking graduate classes for personal enrichment or as a transient student from another university)

Your application will be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee and the appropriate Boler dean will communicate with the applicant concerning all admissions requirements and decisions.

Boler International Graduate Student Qualifications

To qualify unconditionally for admission to a Boler College of Business graduate program as an international student, you must hold, minimally, the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor degree with an equivalent 2.8 cumulative grade point average (based on a four-point system). Individual programs may have specific requirements.

Application Checklist

The following documents will complete your application for review:

  • A completed online graduate application - APPLY TODAY
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • Statement of Purpose – an essay titled, “Graduate business education: Enabling me to achieve my personal goals and become a leader.”
  • Current Resume
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation - letter(s) should comment on your academic achievements, managerial capabilities, and potential to flourish in a graduate business program.  One Letter of Recommendation is required however you may may submit up to three.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No code required for the GMAT. Submit your GRE results with the John Carroll University code 1342.
GMAT/GRE Waiver Request

Students who apply to the Part-time Boler MBA program may request a GMAT/GRE waiver based on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Masters or other terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • High academic achievement – a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Professional business certifications such as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Analyst.
  • Progressive work or military experience of four or more years with demonstrated career growth.

Applicants must submit all required application documents before a waiver will be officially considered. An admission interview may also be required.  The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) from any applicant.

Additional International Application Requirements

In addition to the standard application materials, John Carroll University requires the following from international students:

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

Applicants who completed all or part of their education through a non-U.S. college or university are required to have their non-US credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A course-by-course and grade point average equivalent evaluation are required for applicants to all Boler College of Business programs. We ask that you use one of the following agencies:

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 11623
Chicago, IL 60611-0623

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Official Translations

Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

Evaluation of English Language Proficiency

Students whose native language is not English must demonstrate the necessary level of proficiency in the English language by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A student from abroad whose native language is English, who has completed his or her work at a foreign university where English is the language of instruction, or who has graduated from an American institution is exempt from this testing requirement. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included in the self-managed application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission. No notice of admission will be sent to an applicant, nor will an I-20 be issued, until this requirement has been met. Official score reports must be sent directly to John Carroll University.

For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 79 on the IBT (internet-based test), 550 on the paper-based test, or 217 on the computer-based test is required. The John Carroll University code is 1342. Scores are valid for two years from the date that the test was taken.

For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Scores are valid for two years from the date that the test was taken.

For students graduating from an ELS Language Center (, a final score of 112 will be accepted in place of either exam.

Financial Ability

International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for an F-1 visa must include financial documentation (such as a certified bank statement dated within three (3) months) showing the ability to finance tuition and living expenses while attending the Boler College of Business.

Sponsored Students

This documentation is typically in the form of a bank statement and must have a current date. If the applicant is being sponsored by a third party, then the sponsor must provide a letter stating intentions to finance the applicant’s education, along with the sponsor’s financial documentation.


Tuition, room and board, and any associated fees for international students at John Carroll University is the same as for domestic students.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students who lack the means to cover these costs are encouraged to explore the possibility of applying for external scholarships and loans. The International Student Organization headquartered in New York also maintains a good list of scholarship sources that are worth exploring. Other sources of financial aid information are:

Housing Information

Students can contact the Office of Residence Life for information on international and transfer student housing or call 216.397.4408 or via email at .

Additional housing information for Cleveland, Ohio and surrounding areas may be found online:


Visa Status

For international students who are currently in the United States, documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. Proper documentation includes:

  • Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa
  • Copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa
  • Copy of Resident Alien card, front and back, if classified as a Resident Alien

Please note: All documents submitted become property of John Carroll University and cannot be returned.


Please mail or email a scanned copy of the photo page of your passport.  Please also indicate your country of birth and your country of citizenship.

All documents submitted become the property of the University and cannot be returned.

Global Cleveland

Global Cleveland attracts, welcomes and connects international newcomers to economic and social opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As an international student, you can get help from volunteers to get settled in Cleveland’s neighborhoods, schools, and jobs. Global Cleveland wants to get to know you and help you with your transition.
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Cleveland Council on World Affairs

The Cleveland Foreign Consular Corps, formed in 1925, is comprised of honorary consuls, (usually American citizens), or career consuls, (citizens of the countries they represent paid by those countries for their full-time service). Both groups aid nationals living (or studying/visiting) in the Cleveland area.
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For More Information About Business Graduate Programs

Contact: Boler Graduate Programs Office
Phone: 216.397.1970
Fax: 216.397.1833

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