Academic Catalog

International Students

International Degree Evaluation Process

Applicants seeking admission or transfer credits for credits earned at institutions outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) member organization or by an Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) member organization. Aspen University will also accept evaluations of nursing education from CGFNS. Applicants may be assessed a fee by the certifying organization and must request the report be sent directly to Aspen University. In order to be accepted for admissions or transfer credit purposes, the official international evaluation must state that the applicant’s prior educational experience is equivalent to a degree earned at an accredited university in the United States. Applicants should contact their Enrollment Advisor for further information regarding the international transcript evaluation requirement.


International RN Licenses

For Aspen University's RN to BSN (Completion Program), RN to MSN Bridge Program, and MSN Program, a current, unrestricted registered nursing license from the United States, a US Territory, or Canada is required.  Registered nurses outside of these areas are not eligible.


English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting one of the below criteria. Official score reports are required for any English proficiency exams.

  • An official transcript from an appropriately accredited institution in the United States or a US territory at which the student has an earned degree.
  • An official international transcript evaluation from an approved agency which states that the principle language of instruction was English and that a degree was earned.
  • A signed letter from the applicant’s previous university that states that the principle language of instruction was English. Student must have an earned degree from the university.
  • Receive a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Paper Based Test - Minimum Required Score
      • Undergraduate Applicants: 500
      • Graduate Applications: 530
      • Doctoral Applicants: 550
    • Internet Based Test - Minimum Required Score
      • Undergraduate Applicants: 61
      • Graduate Applications: 71
      • Doctoral Applicants: 80
  • Receive a minimum score on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
    • Undergraduate Applicants: 6.0
    • Graduate Applicants: 6.5
    • Doctoral Applicants: 6.5
  • Receive a minimum score on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
    • Undergraduate Applicants: 44
    • Graduate Applicants: 50
    • Doctoral Applicants: 58
  • Receive a minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series
    • ESL Language USE: 85
    • ESL Listening: 80
    • ESL Reading: 85
    • ESL Sentence Meaning: 90
    • ESL Writeplacer: 4
    • Comprehensive Score for all exams: 350
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
  • Official Transcript, or official international evaluation for credits earned outside of the US or a US territory, which demonstrates completion of at least 30 semester credits from an appropriately accredited university where the language of instruction was English
    • Undergraduate Applicants: Average minimum grade of a “C”
    • Graduate/Doctoral Applicants: Average minimum grade of a “B”

Applicants who are unable to provide documentation proving English proficiency as outlined in the policy above may be considered for admission based on completion of an English Composition course. Applicants who are approved for this option will be admitted as a non-degree seeking student and must complete CMP160 with a grade of “C” or higher or must provide official proof of completion of an approved English Composition course or exam completed within the last 2 years.