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International Applicants

The Master of Business Administration encourages qualified applicants from other countries to apply to the MBA program. 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).


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You may apply for admission to the Augsburg University MBA if you have received or are planning to receive a bachelors degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrolling in the MBA. Two years of professional experience is preferred. Selection of students is based on demonstrated academic ability with satisfactory performance in college work as well as professional experience.


International Transcript Evaluations

Augsburg requires foreign credential evaluation for any transcript(s) from an institution outside of the United States. This evaluation should include the following:

  • Analysis of credentials to determine if the degree is equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree
  • Verification that the degree is equivalent, at a minimum, to a four-year US bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Course-by-course evaluation to show your complete course listing with credit values and grades received for each course, may also be required for specific programs.
  • Calculation of grade point average to demonstrate your cumulative grade point average using the standard US grading system, i.e., A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, F=0.0.
  • Translation to English (if applicable)
  • The evaluation report must be sent directly to Augsburg’s Office of Admissions. Refer to World Education Services at or member of the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES) at for information on how to obtain a foreign credential evaluation.

By electronic transfer:

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

Augsburg may waive the foreign credential evaluation if an official transcript provides sufficient information to determine credit and degree equivalency. This includes but is not limited to students who have earned a Master’s level degree or higher in the United States and those who have completed coursework as part of a study abroad experience.

United States Transcripts

If you attended university in the United States, you will need to submit an official transcript from each college/university you attended.  If prompted by your institution to provide an e-mail address to which e-transcripts can be sent, please send to Transcripts sent via mail should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, 2211 Riverside Ave, Campus Box 65. Minneapolis, MN 55454.


To fulfill Augsburg University’s Graduate Applicant English Language Proficiency Requirement, all applicants must provide evidence of a sufficient command of both written and spoken English. Non-native English language speakers may be exempt from this requirement and request a waiver based on the successful demonstration of one of the following (applicants may be asked to provide official documentation):  

  • Completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university within the United States.
  • Completion of a previous undergraduate or graduate degree at an English-speaking college or university in any country where English is the sole or dominant language. 
  • Completion of one academic year of transferable college level English courses (e.g.: English 101 and English 102) at a college or university within the United States, with equivalent grades of a B or higher. 

Outside of the waiver able exemptions listed above, prospective international graduate students may demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (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. (The Augsburg University TOEFL code is 6014.)
    • Score of 8.5 or better on the TOEFL Essentials exam.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Score report of 6.5.
  • Duolingo English Exam
    • Score of 105.
  • Minnesota English Language Program (MELP): Successful completion of all required Level 4: High-Advanced ESL classes.  Completed coursework must be documented by MELP and sent directly to Augsburg University. Students should contact their MELP advisor to request an English Proficiency Letter.

Score reports must be sent to Augsburg directly from the testing center. Score reports must be for exams completed within the last two years. Please contact your Admissions representative to inquire about any tests not reflected here.


Please upload your current résumé to the online application.


We have listed below the essay questions required for application and admission to the Augsburg MBA program. Essays are utilized in the admission process to judge your ability to express yourself and to learn more about you as an individual and future MBA student. Applicants may upload their essay responses to their online application.

1) What are your intermediate and long-term professional goals? Please explain and be as specific as possible. How do you feel these goals would contribute to realizing your vocation? (Approximately 500-600 words suggested). Vocation at Augsburg is seen as fulfilling a calling; that through the pursuit of your occupation, you are performing a service to your community and society.

2) Answer one of the following questions (Approximately 350 words suggested).

  • What is your favorite quote and why is it meaningful to you?
  • If you could have dinner with one individual in the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?
  • At Augsburg, we think that business should be approached from a strong ethical and values-driven foundation. Who has been most influential in creating your value system and sense of what is right or wrong? How were you influenced?

Essays should be typed using 11- or 12-point font. Essays may be double spaced for readability.


Not required, but encouraged.  If you decide to provide name(s), please choose people-supervisors(preferred), faculty or colleagues-who can comment on outstanding qualities they have seen in you, your academic/professional potential, and your ability to handle graduate level work.


Certification of Finances

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.


You will be invited for a personal interview via Zoom if your application is approved by the admissions committee.


Graduate Admissions Office
Augsburg University, CB 65
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Fax: 612-330-1590
Phone: 612-330-1101


Fall Term (begins in September)

  • Priority Deadline is July 15
  • Final Deadline is August 15

Spring Term (begins in January)

  • Priority Deadline is November 15
  • Final Deadline is January 2

Summer Term (begins in May)

  • Priority Deadline is March 15
  • Final Deadline is May 1

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Applications submitted and files completed after deadlines are reviewable if space permits and enough time exists for a file review and interview to be conducted prior to orientation.

International Students are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials by the priority application deadlines.