Answers to our most common questions from international applicants…
TMU is located in Southern California, in suburban Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.
Approximately $42,000 per year, including Tuition, Room, Meals, Books, and Fees.
Although international students (non-US citizens) are not eligible for Government Aid, TMU does offer various scholarships. More info can be found on our International Student Financial Aid Page.
Currently, 100% of undergraduate international students at TMU receive some form of financial aid.
We cannot award you any financial aid until you have completed the entire application process, submitted all the necessary financial aid documents, and been offered admission to TMU.
Government-subsidized student loans are not available for non-US citizens. International students should not plan on paying for their schooling with loans. One exception would be students from Canada, who can often obtain student loans through their province.
We intentionally integrate our international and TCK (third culture kid) students throughout our residence halls. About 1 out of every 10 students at The Master’s University is an international student or TCK, so you will find some on nearly every dorm wing.
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Not really. If you are a US citizen, then follow the normal process here. However, please let us know early in the process that you are a TCK (whether or not you are currently residing abroad), as we have some special adjustments that gear the application process toward your circumstances.
As a lawful permanent resident (LPR), you are basically equivalent to a US citizen for application purposes. You may submit either TOEFL or SAT/ACT scores, depending on your circumstances. Additionally, you may be eligible for government financial aid, so make sure you fill out a FAFSA.
TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. The TOEFL exam is required for international students at almost every college and university in the United States. It evaluates your English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
For undergraduate studies, The Master’s University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper-based or 80 for internet-based (iBT). For our graduate-level programs, the minimum TOEFL scores are 600 and 100, respectively.
Visit the official TOEFL website at www.toefl.org for information about registering in your country. Scores should be submitted electronically using the school code for TMU: 4411.
If you take the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT), scores are mailed within 15 days of the test. In order to meet TMU’s March 1 application deadline, please plan to take your TOEFL iBT before February. If you are in an area that still offers the paper-based TOEFL, scores can take 7-8 weeks to reach us. Therefore you should take the paper-based TOEFL before January.
If English is your native language, we recommend that you submit an SAT or ACT score instead of a TOEFL score. If English is not your native language, then you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores. The TOEFL alone is sufficient.
You must submit two personal statements as part of your application. You will find the questions within the application itself, either on paper or online. The questions help the Admissions Committee evaluate your Christian testimony, your college ambitions, and your writing skills.
The Doctrinal Questionnaire is a brief, two-question form that helps the Admissions Committee understand more about your Christian background and beliefs. It can be downloaded here and should be submitted along with your application, if requested.
Your transcripts must be officially translated into English, and then evaluated by a credential evaluation service. See here for more details.
If you have completed the equivalent of at least 24 semester credit-hours at an accredited college or university in the USA (excluding intensive English language programs), then you need only to send us your college transcripts—not your high school (secondary) transcripts. Additionally, you generally do not need to submit TOEFL or SAT/ACT scores.
International students applying from abroad do not need to pay the application fee.
Yes. If you have access to a scanner, or complete some of the forms on your computer (e.g. your personal statements), you may email them to the International Admissions Counselor.
International Students—those who are not US citizens or lawful permanent residents—will generally need an F-1 student visa to attend TMU.
International students on an F-1 Visa are permitted to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week. Many international students at TMU receive on-campus Work Study in their financial aid award ($2,500 or $5,000). On-campus jobs are handled through the Office of Student Employment. F-1 Visa holders should not plan to work off-campus, due to federal laws.
Definitely! Plenty of your friends will have cars and can take you where you need to go. There's always plenty of things to do around campus, though!
Yes, you should plan to obtain a laptop either in your home country (be sure your bring the appropriate electrical adapter) or here in the USA. Average prices for laptops in the USA range from $500-$2000. An iPad or netbook alone will not be sufficient.
If you will be on an F-1 student visa, you are not permitted in the United States until 30 days before orientation day. Passport to Master's, our orientation program for incoming international students begins the Thursday before WOW (Week of Welcome). You will be notified of the specific date. We do not provide any housing for incoming students prior to the start of Passport to Master's, so make your plans accordingly.
If you are flying from overseas, you should fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). If flying in from the US or Canada, you may want to try for Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport, which is closer to the TMU campus.
If you let the Office of International Student Advancement know your travel plans as soon as you make them, we may be able to arrange pick-up from LAX for Passport to Master's.
Absolutely! Email us to find out more.
If you have additional questions not answered above, please let us know. Email the Office of International Student Advancement.