Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the online application form
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • High school diploma / GED or equivalency
    Students must submit academic document of graduation from high school or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, students submitting international education credential must provide an official evaluation from any member of AICE, AACRAO’s International services or NACES to validate equivalency with graduation from the high school and eligibility to enter university in the United States.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    Students must provide proof of English language proficiency. However, applicants who are primarily educated from the EPR exempted countries are not required to submit proof of English Proficiency.
  • Photo Identification (copy of passport or government issued ID)
  • Complete the Online application form
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcript(s) and corresponding diploma/certificate
    The requirement for students admitted to the program leading to a graduate degree, certificate, or diploma shall include graduation from a bachelor’s degree program or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a minimum Grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students submitting international education credentials must provide an official evaluation from any member of AICE,AACRAO’s International services, or NACES to validate equivalency with graduation from the undergraduate program and eligibility to admit in a graduate program in university in the United States. Alternatively, students who might have an undergraduate CGPA between 2.30 and 2.49, but who have previous graduate work at a college or university equivalent to at least 9 credits and a CGPA greater than 3.0 would also demonstrate sufficient CGPA. Each graduate degree program requires submission of a Statement of Purpose (500 words), a Resume/CV, and one letter of recommendation (academic or professional).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    Students must provide proof of English language proficiency. However, applicants who are primarily educated from the EPR exempted countries are not required to submit proof of English Proficiency.
  • Official Recommendations
    Official recommendations from professionals or academics who can speak to the candidate’s academic abilities (preferably from a current/former instructor or a current/former employer. All recommendations should be written in English or provide an official translation.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
    Submit a 500 word statement defining the applicant’s academic interests, professional objectives, areas of interest to be explored in the program, and reasoning behind joining the program. The statement of purpose should demonstrate an understanding of the specific program to which the candidate is applying and make connections to the applicant’s eventual career aspirations. Statements must be written in English in the candidate’s own words.
    Click here to learn how to write an effective statement of purpose.
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
    The resume/curriculum vitae should detail current and/or previous work history and education. Previous work history is not a requirement for admission.
  • Complete the Online application form
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Photo Identification (copy of passport or government issued ID)

If you wish to transfer to VIU, please submit the official transcript from your current college or university to the Registrar’s Office along with the documents required for the program you are applying for (see above). Learn more about VIU Transfer Policy and Procedure.
Foreign transcripts of international students seeking transfer credits must be evaluated by a member of AICEAACRAO’s International services, or NACES.

International Students:

All international students must provide the additional following documents that show adequate funds to support tuition and other expenses for at-least one year of study.

If you are an international student planning to bring your spouse or child with you to the US, please submit the following documents in addition to the general requirements:

  • Copy of spouse’s passport
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Copy of child’s passport
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate

Minimum Age Requirement

Any student who is not at least 18 years of age and has not yet received a high school diploma (or its equivalent) from a recognized institution on or before the first day of the semester will not be permitted to enroll in a degree program with Virginia International University.

Any student who is not at least 18 years of age but who is a minimum of 16 and has received a high school diploma or its equivalent from a recognized institution must meet the following requirements before enrolling in a program with VIU.

In addition, a parent or the legal guardian of the student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must complete and submit the Parent/Guardian Minor Consent Form (available in the student’s application portal)
  • Live within commuting distance of VIU (not to exceed 50 miles)
  • Agree to financially sponsor the student
  • Provide housing for the student while they are under the age of 18

Please note: VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of the application and will disqualify the individual from applying to VIU in the future. Documents submitted for admissions purposes will not be returned to the applicant.