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International Admissions.

Attend an institution that offers a safe and welcoming learning environment in a diverse and affordable city.


Complete the application for graduate admission.

You should apply as an international student if you require a visa to enter the United States. You may complete an application using one of the following methods:
• Online
• Download and print application
• Visit Campus411 All-in-1, Berkman Hall, Room 116

Some programs require a supplemental application. Read the information on admissions requirements by program.

Applications must be submitted and all admission materials received by the application deadline date:

Fall Semester – July 21st
Spring Semester – December 10th
Summer Semester – April 14th

Some programs have earlier deadlines. We recommend you check online to see if your program has an earlier deadline.

Pay the application fee.

In response to COVID-19, CSU is waiving the $40 application fee is required for all degree, licensure and certificate programs.

Other fees may apply based on the program to which you are applying.


Submit official transcripts.

Request complete school records (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates) from all post-secondary institutions that you attended. All school records should be submitted in the original language and should be accompanied by a certified English translation. Cleveland State University must see all attempts at all exams to properly evaluate the credentials for a U.S. grade point average.

All records must be official and sent directly to CSU from your previous institutions:

Cleveland State University
Application Processing Center
1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
Cleveland, OH 44115

Please note that all credentials submitted in support of your application become the property of Cleveland State University and cannot be released under any circumstance.

Submit official entrance exam scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT).

*In response to COVID-19, GRE requirements for all programs are being waived through Fall 2021.

Not all programs require entrance exam scores. Read the information on admissions requirements by program.
• Graduate Record Exam (GRE) information is available online. Our institution code is 1221. No program code is required.
• Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) information is available online. Our institution code is 832-VP-99.
• The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) can be taken on campus through Testing Services.

All test scores must be official and sent directly to CSU from the testing agency.

Submit supplementary materials (recommendation letters, goal statement, writing sample).

Not all programs require supplementary application materials. Read the information on admissions requirements by program.

Download letter of recommendation cover sheet or ask your recommenders to submit their letters by email to Recommendation letters can also be managed and submitted by logging back into your online application and clicking the “Manage Recommendations” link.

Supplementary materials can be submitted by email to

Supplementary materials sent by U.S. mail should be addressed to:

Cleveland State University
Application Processing Center
1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
Cleveland, OH 44115

Supplementary materials delivered in-person or by a delivery service (UPS, FedEx, DHL) should be delivered to:

Campus411 All-in-1
Berkman Hall, Room 116
1899 East 22nd Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

Submit proof of English proficiency.

Graduate applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. CSU offers students the following choices to prove English language proficiency:

  • Meet minimum test score requirements:
    • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 and at least 17 in each section
    • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
    • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
    • PTE (Pearsons Test of English): 50
    • iTEP: 3.8
    • Duolingo score 100 (
  • Successful completion of CSU's IELP (Intensive English Language Program) Advanced Level, with a grade of 80% or better
  • Completion of English language studies (Level 112) from any ELS Language Center
  • Proof of graduation from a secondary school or accredited college/university in the U.S. or from one of the TOEFL exempted countries.

Note: The College of Engineering has higher TOEFL (iBT) subscore requirements: 78 (Reading: 20, Listening: 21, Writing: 17, Speaking: 20)

Submit financial documents.

In order to receive a certificate of eligibility for a student visa (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) from CSU, all international students must submit documentation of financial support for one academic year. While this is not required for admission consideration, you may choose to submit this documentation with your application materials. For more information about finances, please see Financial Documents.

Did You Know?

CSU is ranked #2 safest public university in the state of Ohio.

Cleveland By the Numbers
  • #1
    City for immigrants to become U.S. citizens
  • 23%
    Cleveland’s cost of living is roughly 23% lower than the U.S. average
  • 20%
    CSU is among the top 20% of U.S. universities for research and development
  • 12+
    Programs featured in the 2019 "U.S. News & World Report" Best Graduate Schools
  • #1
    Most affordable state in the U.S.
Sources: Boundless Immigration; Sperling’s Best Places; National Science Foundation; U.S. News & World Report; and U.S. News & World Report
Photo of CSU Graduate Raviraj Patel
My experience at Cleveland State University was incredible. There are plenty opportunities for career development. CSU is the best university to start your journey toward your American dream.

Raviraj Patel
Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, ’18