University of Fairfax
International Admissions Requirements
University of Fairfax Program International Admission Requirements
Applicants are evaluated individually based on their professional experience, academic credentials, and admissions interview/teleconference to assess their potential for completing the relevant academic program successfully.
|Program Name||Relevant Professional
|Required Degrees from
|PhD in Computer Science and Engineering*+||Min. 3 Years||Master’s|
|Doctorate in Information Assurance (DIA)*+||Min. 3 Years||Master’s|
|Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)*||Min. 3 Years||Master’s|
|Doctorate of Software Development (DSD)*+||Min. 3 Years||Master’s|
|Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Master of Computer Science and Engineering (MCSE)*+||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management*+||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Master of Science in Cloud Computing*+||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Project Management and Quality Assurance Certificate||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Cybersecurity Best Practices Certificate||Min. 5 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Information Security Professional Practices Certificate||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
|Enterprise Information Security Certificate||Min. 3 Years||Master’s|
|CISSP Prep Course (IA7000)||Min. 0 Years||Baccalaureate|
*SEVP – approved programs for International Students for hybrid delivery with on-campus residency of four days (Thursday-Sunday) per 16-week course session.
+These programs and eligible for the two-year STEM-OPT extension.
Applicants with international credentials must arrange for a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts to confirm equivalence to an accredited degree from the U.S. The University of Fairfax accepts evaluations by any member of NACES or AICE or by EducationUSA.
- National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
- Association of International Credential (AICE)
- Education USA
If the academic records are in a language other than English, an English translation is required that is as close to word-for-word as possible.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants for any degree program whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting one of the following requirements:
University of Fairfax
English Proficiency Requirement
|TOEFL Written Test (PB)||TOEFL Computer Test (iBT)||IELTS||Pearson||Duolingo||4-Skill Michigan English Test (MET)||Michigan ECCE/ECPE||College Board Accuplacer ESL||Eiken English Proficiency Exam||CEFR|
|Master’s programs||60||71||6.5||50||100||55||650/LP||Language Use: 85
ESL Listening: 80
ESL Reading: 85
ESL Sentence Meaning: 90
ESL Writeplacer: 4
Comp score for all all exams: 350
- Master’s Degree: A minimum total score of 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT); 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS); 50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report; 100 on the Duolingo English Test; or 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of
Competency in English (ECCE), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).
- First Professional Degree or Professional Doctoral Degree: A minimum score of 65 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 80 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT); 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS); 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report; 105 on the Duolingo English Test; or 55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).
- A minimum score on the College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series as follows:
a. ESL Language Use: Score of 85
b. ESL Listening: Score of 80
c. ESL Reading: Score of 85
d. ESL Sentence Meaning: Score of 90
e. ESL Writeplacer: Score of 4
f. Comprehensive Score for all exams of 350
- A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
- A minimum B-2 English proficiency level identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Standards and assessed through various ESOL examinations, including the University of Cambridge;
- A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of “C” or higher at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), or accepted foreign equivalent that is listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English. A “B” or higher is required for master’s degree, first professional degree, or professional doctoral degree.
Applicants who meet the University’s admissions requirements and submit official transcripts are granted formal admission.
Applicants who meet the University’s admissions requirements and submit unofficial transcripts are granted conditional admission. In all cases, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of the student’s second registration period in order to remain enrolled.
Applicants who do not meet the University’s admissions requirements may submit a petition for consideration of an exception. If the petition is approved, the student is granted provisional admission and must comply with additional requirements, as determined on an individual basis, depending on the exception granted. For these applicants, formal admission will be granted upon successful completion of the requirements specified in the letter approving the student’s petition.
A maximum of nine semester credits may be transferred into a degree program. No transfer credit will be applied to programs of study where a doctoral student has been granted advanced standing. The University does not award academic credit for non-academic experience.
To receive transfer credit for a course, the following criteria must be met:
- The student must have taken the course for graduate credit as part of a degree or graduate certificate program from an accredited institution;
- The course taken was equivalent to the University of Fairfax course in content, level, and credit hours;
- The student earned at least a grade of “B” (courses taken on a pass/fail basis are not eligible for transfer); and
- Information Security courses must have been completed within the five years preceding initial enrollment at the University of Fairfax.
Students and graduates should note that when seeking to transfer credits to another educational institution, the receiving institution has full discretion as to which credits are transferable. Requirements for earning a graduate certificate cannot be satisfied through transfer credit.