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Admissions Requirements

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Congratulations on taking the first step to realizing your career goals!  You’ve made an excellent choice in selecting Stratford University as your entry into higher education.

To make sure that you’re able to enroll in our next academic period, please review the following requirements and criteria outlined below.   Representatives in our Admissions Department are standing by to help you determine if you fit these prerequisites and will schedule an appointment with the Dean of your desired program to assess your candidacy, if necessary.

The following sections will provide you with in-depth information about our Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions Requirements.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program, you must first meet the following enrollment requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED – You will need to submit a copy of your high school diploma or GED. Official Transcripts can also be submitted as proof of graduation or GED completion. 
  • English Language Proficiency – You can take either the TOEFL or IELTS language test.  The cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT).  The cut-off for IELTS is a 6.5-band.  This requirement is waived if your native language is English or if you have obtained a degree from an English-speaking country.
  • If you do not meet the language proficiency requirements, you will be required to attend an ESL program prior to starting your academic courses.  If you graduate from the Stratford ESL Program, your TOEFL or IELTS requirements will be waived.

When Enrolling for Undergraduate Classes Prior to High School Graduation

You may take undergraduate courses prior to completion of your high school program if you have received permission from your advisor and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Final acceptance into the degree program will only be granted when you successfully complete you high school program or GED.

Graduate admissions requirements

  • To be admitted to a graduate degree program, you must first meet the following enrollment requirements:
  • Four-Year Bachelor’s Degree – If you apply with a three-year Bachelor’s degree, you may be required to complete an equivalent of the fourth undergraduate year prior to starting graduate courses.  If you decide to transfer the courses from your three-year degree to Stratford and complete the top-up program (typically 8 to 12 courses), you will receive a four-year Bachelor’s degree from Stratford University and will qualify for immediate entry into its graduate program.
  • Undergraduate Degree Related to Your Graduate Program – If your undergraduate degree is not supportive of your graduate program, you may be required to complete the necessary undergraduate bridge courses (typically between 4 to 8 courses).  If you can demonstrate employment experience which has allowed you to accumulate the required foundational skills, the bridge course requirement may be either reduced or waived altogether.
  • GRE or GMAT Evaluation of Academic Potential – You must complete the GRE for a technical Master’s degree or a GMAT for a business Master’s degree.  Stratford has not established any pre-defined GRE or GMAT cut-off scores.  Your application is reviewed as a whole to determine your potential for academic success (including transcripts, test scores, work experience, and life achievements).
    • GRE or GMAT test scores may be waived if you are transferring from a graduate program at another U.S. institution, have prior work experience in your prospective field of study, or have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Other waivers way be approved by the Dean or their designated representative.
  • English Language Proficiency – You can take either the TOEFL or IELTS language test.  The cut-off score for TOEFL is 79 (IBT) or 213 (CBT).  The cut-off for IELTS is a 6.5-band.  This requirement is waived if your native language is English or if you have obtained a degree from an English-speaking country.
  • If you do not meet the language proficiency requirements, you will be required to attend an ESL program prior to starting your academic courses.  If you graduate from the Stratford ESL Program, your TOEFL or IELTS requirements will be waived.

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