I am an international graduate student, what is the English Language Proficiency Requirement?

School Code: Isenberg-UMass Amherst – 3917

English Language Proficiency Requirement
If your native language is not English, and you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you must submit your scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test in addition to your other required application materials (unless you meet one of the waiver conditions listed below.)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School accepts the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Duolingo English Test
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

For admission to the Isenberg MBA, MS in Business Analytics, and MS in Accounting, the minimum scores for admission are as follows: the minimum combined TOEFL score is 100; the minimum IELTS Academic combined score is 7; the minimum Duolingo English Test overall score is 120; and the minimum PTE Academic overall score is 68. Please note, when reviewing an application, the UMass Amherst Graduate School does not superscore language tests (e.g. we do not accept the ETS MyBest Score set).

For admission to the Isenberg MFin in Alternative Investments, the minimum scores for admission are as follows: the minimum combined TOEFL score is 80; the minimum IELTS Academic combined score is 6.5; the minimum Duolingo English Test overall score is 105; and the minimum PTE Academic overall score is 68. Please note, when reviewing an application, the UMass Amherst Graduate School does not superscore language tests (e.g. we do not accept the ETS MyBest Score set).

Sending Your Scores

Official test scores must be transmitted electronically from the test agency to the UMass Amherst Graduate School. Scores are valid for two years from anticipated date of entrance.

Send us your TOEFL Scores: Add us as a score report recipient through your ETS account.  The Institutional Code for the University of Massachusetts Amherst is 3917.

Send us your IELTS Academic Scores: Contact the test center where you took IELTS and request that your test scores be transmitted to the e-download account for the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Send us your Duolingo English Test Scores: Add us as a score report recipient through your Duolingo account.  Look for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School in the list of institutions.

Send us your PTE Academic Scores:  Assign your scores to the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the PTE portal.

Waiver Conditions

Your standardized English Language Proficiency Test requirement may be waived if one of these conditions exists:

  • You have citizenship of Australia, Botswana, Canada, Caribbean English speaking countries, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Great Britain, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, West Indies, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • You have earned a college or university degree in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.
  • You have earned a degree from the American University in Beirut, American University in Bulgaria, American College of Greece, Bogazici University in Turkey, RIT in Dubai, NYU Abu Dhabi, or NYU Shanghai.
  • You are currently enrolled as a full-time student who will have completed two academic years of college/university coursework in the United States prior to the date of anticipated entrance at the University of Massachusetts.
  • You have been certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.