Unique Perspectives, Unique Experiences
We value the unique perspectives and experiences that international students bring to the graduate programs at the McCoy College of Business. If you are an international student interested in completing your master's degree at Texas State University, an AACSB-International accredited institution, please read the information below carefully and apply at your earliest convenience. International students are welcome to apply for any of the McCoy graduate programs including the Full-Time Cohort MBA, the Flex MBA, MAcy, MSAIT, MSHRM, MSDAIS or MSMRA degree programs.
International Student Requirements
The application process to any of the McCoy Graduate Programs (MBA, MAcy, MSAIT, MSHRM, MSDAIS, MSMRA) is slightly different for international students. The six-step application process is the same for all students, both domestic and international, but international students have additional testing requirements (see section below regarding the TOEFL/IELTS requirements). There may also be a slightly different requirement regarding your transcripts, depending on where you earned your undergraduate degree.
Application Deadlines for International Students
The application deadlines for all six McCoy graduate programs are the same, with the exception of the MBA program. While the flex MBA program admits both in the fall and spring, the full-time cohort MBA option only offers fall admission.
International students wishing to start in the spring semester (early January) are required to complete the ApplyTexas portion of the application no later than October 1. All supporting documentation is due no later than October 15. Supporting documentation includes all transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, TOEFL/IELTS, GMAT/GRE, essays, resume, letters of recommendation and (optional) cover letter. No exceptions will be made to the October 15 deadline.
Fall Semester - Priority Deadline
The "Priority Deadline" (January 15) allows students who are accepted to one of the McCoy graduate business programs to apply for scholarships and/or fellowships prior to beginning the program in the fall. If you meet the Priority Deadline you will then be given instructions on how to apply for scholarships and/or fellowships. This application is separate from your application to the program.
International students who wish to take advantage of the Priority Deadline must complete their entire application prior to January 15. There is no extension or buffer period. The completed application includes the ApplyTexas online form (including the required fee), all transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, TOEFL/IELTS, GMAT/GRE, essays, resume, letters of recommendation and (optional) cover letter. International applicants who miss the Priority Deadline will still be eligible to complete their application prior to the regular deadline.
Fall Semester - Regular Deadline
International students wishing to start in the fall semester (late August) are required to complete the ApplyTexas portion of the application no later than June 1. All supporting documentation is due no later than June 15. Supporting documentation includes all transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, TOEFL/IELTS, GMAT/GRE, essays, resume, letters of recommendation and (optional) cover letter.
English Language Proficiency Test (TOEFL or IELTS)
International Students are required to submit either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For additional details regarding the MBA Program-specific requirements for the TOEFL/IELTS exams, please visit the Graduate College site.
The McCoy College of Business not only requires a minimum overall score, but also a minimum score on each of the individual components of the TOEFL and IELTS exams. Pay close attention to these requirements as it is technically possible to score above the required overall requirement, but below an individual component requirement and thus not qualify for admission.
Please note that the McCoy College of Business does not offer a conditional language or "bridge" program admission.
In certain circumstances, international applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement based on their previous education in certain countries. Please visit the English Proficiency page for more details on the TOEFL/IELTS waiver.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are set by the university and no waivers or exceptions can be made by the McCoy College of Business. Details on the tuition and fee structure for international students can be found here. Please note that, for McCoy graduate programs, living expenses are not included in tuition and fee calculations; it is expected that McCoy graduate students will make their own living arrangements.
It may be possible for international students to qualify for less-expensive resident tuition rates. Details on resident tuition for nonresidents can be found on the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website.
Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships
International students are eligible to apply for scholarships and fellowships in order to offset their tuition, fees and livings expenses. The scholarship/fellowship application process happens annually beginning in January. The deadline to apply for scholarships and fellowships is March 1. For students applying for the fall semester, meeting the Priority Deadline may afford you the opportunity to apply for aid prior to starting the program in the fall.
Graduate Assistantship–or "GA"–positions offer McCoy graduate students the opportunity to generate income while working on campus. GA positions are available within each academic department within the McCoy College of Business in addition to the Dean's Office. There are also GA positions available across the university. Graduate assistant positions are posted on the Texas State jobs board, Jobs4Cats. Once accepted to a graduate program you can view the available positions on Jobs4Cats.
There are three things to note related to GA positions:
1) GA positions become available fairly regularly given that graduate school, for most students, is a relatively short endeavor. If the position you seek isn't available the first time you inquire, be persistent as it may be available the next semester.
2) The McCoy College of Business does not utilize graduate students for teaching assistantships, commonly referred to as "TA" positions. Instead, we offer assistantships that focus either on research or administrative tasks.
3) Graduate Assistant positions are typically capped at 20 hours per week and you are paid via check or direct deposit just like you would be at a normal, non-university job. Your earnings do not serve to directly offset/discount the tuition and fees you are billed by Texas State University.
All McCoy graduate program applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
International students must submit two (2) versions of each transcript: one (1) in the native language, and one (1) that has been translated to English. For detailed information on acceptable translation services, please visit the Graduate College site. If your university issues transcripts in English then only one (1) copy of the transcript is required.
While translating your foreign transcript into English is required, your native grade scale should remain intact. In other words, if your school used a grade system different than the 4.0-scale used in the United States, please do not attempt to convert your GPA to the U.S. equivalent. The Texas State Graduate College will evaluate your grades in their original format.
Visa, Residency, and Dept. of Homeland Security Documents
The Texas State University International Student and Scholar Services handles I-20 paperwork and related issues. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services directly for inquiries related to visas, residency, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security paperwork.
If you completed your undergraduate degree in non-English speaking country, regardless of your residency or citizenship status, you may be required to submit internationally related items for admission.