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International Graduate Admissions

Welcome! We are excited that you are considering Shepherd University to continue your education. Shepherd has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best colleges and universities in the southeastern United States. We are confident that our campus community will provide you with an excellent academic and personal experience. Click here to view our graduate programs.

Graduate Application Process

  1. Complete the Graduate Studies Application for admission.
  2. Submit $40 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Submit academic records for any post-secondary work.

4.  Submit one of the following in order to satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

Exam/Program SAT ACT TOEFL IELTS EIKEN A.C.E. Language Institute’s Intensive English Language Program
Minimum Requirement 990 Combined Score and 490 Reading 19 Composite Score and 19 English and Reading 79 iBT, 550 PBT, or 213 CBT 6.5 Grade Pre-1 Successful Completion

The Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status)

Students planning to study under an F-1 student visa status will need an I-20 issued by Shepherd.  To be eligible for an I-20, you must be accepted to the University and all of the following must be submitted:

1.  Proof of financial support to cover the tuition and living expenses for one academic year (9 months).  We estimate this amount to be $32,500 USD. You must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support in addition to:

2.  A copy of your passport information page.

3. If you are currently living in the United States, a copy of your U.S. immigration status (visa, approval notices, form I-94, etc.).

All additional documents should be sent to:

Mailing Address Shepherd University
Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV


As a public university, Shepherd requires non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents of West Virginia to pay out-of-state tuition and fees.  The amount listed does not include any financial aid and actual costs may vary.

2021-2022 Estimated Graduate Cost-of-Attendance for International Students
Tuition                                                             $12,906
Books and Supplies                                       $1,500*
Room and Board                                            $14,844†
Medical Insurance                                         $750**
Personal                                                           $2,500*
Total                                                                 $32,500 USD

*Books, medical insurance, and personal expenses are estimated.
**All international students are required to have medical health insurance coverage.
†Room and board is based on housing in Dunlop or Printz Apartments (single occupancy) and the Gold Plan meal option.  Click here for more details on housing and meal plan options.