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International Admissions

Augsburg encourages qualified applicants from other countries to apply to our graduate programs. An F-1 student is a nonimmigrant who is pursuing a “full course of study” to achieve a specific educational or professional objective, at an academic institution in the United States that has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer courses of study to such students, and has been enrolled in SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).

Federal regulations require students on an F-1 visa to maintain full-time status (6 credits each semester). No more than one class per semester can be taken online.  You are required to remain in contact with your advisor to ensure your course plan is in compliance. 

An example of a schedule that fulfills these requirements:

Year I Year II
Fall – ML 505 & elective


Fall –  ML 599 & elective
Spring – ML 560 & elective


Spring – ML 585 & elective
Summer – ML 514 & elective


Summer – ML 512

*Year one could begin in Summer.

We’re glad you’ve decided to apply to the Augsburg Master of Arts in Leadership program! When filling out the online application, Chrome and Firefox browsers work best. You will be able to choose the term in which you would prefer to start your studies on the application. If you get an error message when opening an application, please call 612-361-2139 or email for assistance.

The online application allows you to upload your personal summary and resume. Two letters of recommendation are preferred.  If you decide to provide name(s), please choose two people, faculty or colleagues, to write letters of recommendation on your behalf who can comment on outstanding qualities they have seen in you, your academic/professional potential, leadership potential, and your ability to handle graduate level work. The only other items needed are your official transcripts and a test of English fluency. If you were educated outside of the United States, please follow the instructions below regarding international transcripts.

If your bachelor’s degree was earned at an institution outside of the United States, Augsburg requires an official U.S. degree equivalency evaluation. The evaluation report should be sent directly to graduate admissions. If you attended a university outside of the United States, but graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a United States college or university, please contact the admissions office to determine whether you will be required to submit a transcript evaluation.

International transcript evaluations should include the following:

Evaluation of credentials to determine if your degree is equivalent to an accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Calculation of grade point average to demonstrate your cumulative grade point average using the standard U.S. grading system, i.e., A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0.
Translation to English (if applicable)
We recommend applicants use one of the following services:

World Education Services, Inc. – website:
Educational Credential Evaluators – website:
SpanTran Pathways – Augsburg University

Please ask, or SpanTran Pathways – Augsburg University to send your transcripts to Augsburg by electronic transfer or by mail.

By electronic transfer:

By mail:
Graduate Admissions Office, CB 65
Augsburg University
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454

After you request an electronic transcript, please send an email to indicating that a transcript has been ordered. Include your name, desired degree program, electronic transfer service used and the name of the sending institution.


To meet Augsburg admission requirements, you must provide evidence of a sufficient command of both written and spoken English to study college courses conducted entirely in English. Below is a list of the tests and programs Augsburg accepts as evidence for English proficiency.

  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 80 on the Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) with a sub score of 20 on the written and 20 on the speaking sections.
  • TOEFL Essentials: Minimum score of 8.5
  • IELTS: Minimum score of score report of 6.5.
  • Duolingo English Test: 105 (For tests taken on or after July 15, 2019)
  • Successful completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university in the US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, English-speaking Canada, New Zealand or Australia.

Score reports must be sent to Augsburg directly from the testing center. Score reports must not be more than two years old.

In order to review your application for admission and process your Form I-20, the following documents must be received:

Completed Augsburg Certification of Finances form
Proof of funding as demonstrated by supporting financial documents (such as bank statements – current within three months; Government Support Letter, etc…)
Copy of the first page your passport
Students with current F-1 status through another university in the United States: You will need to have your SEVIS record transferred from your current institution to Augsburg. The SEVIS Transfer form must be completed by you and your Designated School Official. You will need to present your Augsburg letter of admissions to the DSO when submitting your transfer request. This form may be returned to Augsburg by e-mail.