Master of Science in Anesthesia applicants with international undergraduate, graduate, or advanced degrees must meet the standard admission requirements, including the necessary prerequisite courses from an accredited United States, U.S. territory, or Canadian college or university and the admissions test.
No exceptions will be made for required prerequisite coursework or the admissions test, regardless of degrees or certification received outside the United States or Canada, prior experience, work background, or education.
Additional Requirements for International Students
In addition to the standard admission requirements, international students applying to the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program must also submit:
1. Education Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report
An Education Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report for foreign transcripts is required in order to verify that the international degree earned is equivalent to a bachelor's degree received at a United States, U.S. territory, or Canadian college or university.
2. Language Test Scores
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL. Scores are valid for two years from the date of the test, and the minimum scores required are:
- IELTS: 7.0
- PTE-Academic: 61
- TOEFL (internet-based): 90
- TOEFL (paper-based): 577
The language test requirement will be waived if you have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
International Student Frequently Asked Questions
If you received your undergraduate degree from a university outside the United States, U.S. territory, or Canadian, you must complete the following requirements to be considered for the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program:
- Take the MCAT or GRE.
- Complete all prerequisite coursework at a United States, U.S. territory, or Canadian college or university.
- Submit an Education Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report for foreign transcripts demonstrating equivalency to a Bachelor's degree received at a United States, U.S. territory, or Canadian college or university.
Please note that colleges and universities in all U.S. territories must be regionally accredited, just as U.S. states are accredited. In the event your college or university in the U.S. territory is not appropriately accredited, CWRU MSA reserves the right to request an Education Credential Evaluation and Authentication Report. Students graduating from an institution in a U.S. territory should confirm that they meet with admission requirements by reaching out to the main office directly.
Case Western Reserve University has an office of International Student Services that can help coordinate much of the documentation necessary to enroll in our program.
Possibly. There are three ways to qualify for a waiver of the language score requirement:
- If you graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution where English was the main method of instruction, the score requirement will be waived upon receipt of the transcripts with degree verification.
- If you graduated from a university outside of the U.S. where the instruction was in English, the score requirement will be waived upon receipt of the transcripts with degree verification. You must be able to provide a transcript stating that English was the method of instruction or a letter from the school.
- If your home country's primary spoken language is English.
International Student Services has detailed information regarding these important documents and can help coordinate much of the documentation necessary to enroll in the MSA Program.
It is your responsibility to notify the MSA Program immediately if you have a change in your status.
No. The Office of University Financial Aid awards funds that are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States.