MGSM International Students


International Students

As an international student, you have made a great commitment to your education. Robert Morris University welcomes you to a dynamic academic community where the faculty and staff are dedicated to your success and where learning extends beyond the classroom walls. Our locations, located throughout Illinois, offer an excellent education at an affordable price.

Our international students add to the diversity of our locations and enhance the university with their perspective and experience. We encourage you to get involved in student life. We are here to provide you with the information and resources that you need to succeed.

No matter how you say it, we know you will feel welcome at Robert Morris University, where we help your dreams become a reality.

Please note that general admissions criteria can be accessed by visiting the Admissions Process page.

Depending on your program, you may be automatically admitted if your GPA is 3.25 or higher. If your GPA is below 3.25 and/or you are applying to the Master of Management program, you may be required to provide one or more of the following additional documents from the general admissions criteria: at least 2 letters of recommendation, a copy of your resume and a 2 to 3 page long personal statement.

The following information will assist you in applying for a student visa to our university.

*Please note that all documents must be submitted at the same time.

  • Admissions application ($100 application fee, non-refundable). The application can be filled out online or in person. There is a $100 fee to process the application. This money goes to the US government and cannot be waived. Students must pay the $100 before an admissions decision will be made.
  • TOEFL documentation with a minimum score of 550 paper based, 213 computer based, or 80 internet based (the TOEFL code for Robert Morris University is 1670). You must take the TOEFL examination. No exam other than TOEFL is accepted. You can visit the TOEFL website to see when the test will be administered next and how you can sign up. Please note that the TOEFL requirement is waived under the following 2 circumstances: If you have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States already, and/or if you are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the USA and have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours at your current institution by the time of transfer (ONLY 12 or more credit hours will be accepted).
  • An evaluation of any college transcripts stating you have the equivalent of a U.S. college diploma. If you have received your undergraduate degree in the USA please send the official, sealed transcripts by mail. If you received your undergraduate degree outside of the USA please see the next paragraph below:

    You must have your degree evaluated to see if you have the equivalent to a United States' bachelorís degree. We do not perform the evaluations. Evaluations can be performed by WES, ECE or AACRAO, if you do not currently have one. Evaluations must be done in the course by course style or they will not be accepted. Evaluations usually take three weeks to complete. You will have the option to get them much quicker if you pay more money to either company. It is our recommendation that you do not wait until the end to perform your evaluation. The evaluation must state that you have the equivalent to a United States bachelorís degree. Students who receive an evaluation that does not state they have a US bachelorís degree will not be accepted. If that is the case, you can try to see if another evaluation by a second company will award you the US bachelorís degree.
  • Copy of valid passport and I-94 departure card information
  • Copy of current I-20, if applicable. This is necessary only if transferring from another U.S. college. A copy of the I-20 from the previous school must be provided along with the official college transcript
  • Current bank statement (original copy) indicating a minimum balance of $30,000 (U.S.) for graduate admissions
  • Permanent foreign address of student

All documents can be emailed or faxed to the university except your USA official transcript or evaluation of your foreign degree. The original hard copy of those documents must be mailed to the university or given in person to your admissions representative. All documents MUST be received before a decision can be made.

Once all required documentation* has been received and is confirmed to be accurate, it will be evaluated for admissions requirements and I-20 eligibility. This process can take up to two weeks starting after all required documents are received.

Once the I-20 is received, the student is able to apply for a student visa (F-1) through their respective U.S. Consulate.

We understand that this is a lot of information and you may be confused or have questions. Please contact one of our Directors of Graduate Relations with any questions you may have regarding the admissions process.

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Our Graduate Degrees

Master of Business Administration

  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management/HR Management
  • Management/Finance
  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Finance

Master of Information Systems

  • Business Analytics
  • Information Security
  • Mobile Computing

Master of Management

  • Design & Media
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Health Care Administration
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Sports Administration


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Graduate checklist

Download the international student checklist to help you keep track of required documentation.

*If you graduated from a high school outside of the United States and cannot get an official high school transcript because of political unrest or a natural disaster in your homeland, you can submit a letter of explanation to the RMU Provost. You should include relevant academic documentation (i.e., ACT or SAT scores, official college transcripts, proof of armed forces training, or proof of English proficiency) as part of your application.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.