Graduate Admissions
Prospective Students

International Students

Founded in 1865, California University of Management is well-known for its distinguished education and research programs. Our students come from more than 70 countries; in fact, international students make up 35 percent of our full-time graduate student population. The educational opportunities at California University of Management are enriched with real-world experiences and applied learning in advanced, well-equipped laboratories and research facilities. The university's outstanding faculty comprise talented educators where important and innovative research is internationally recognized. Since 1995, 19 California University of Management faculty members have earned the National Science Foundation's prestigious CAREER award.

International House

California University of Management's International House provides tools and resources for international students and faculty. The house serves as the venue for a variety of programs throughout the year, such as brown bag lunch discussions with international scholars and faculty, coffee hours, exhibits, video showings, and other social and educational activities.

The International House Web site includes helpful information about the ESL Summer Institute, various international student services offered, such as summer storage and temporary housing, information about employment as an international student, INS updates and international student organizations that students can become involved with. International House is located at 28 Trowbridge Road.

Campus Life
The numerous student groups at California University of Management help turn the campus into a tight-knit community. In addition to professional societies, leadership activities, and musical and theatre groups, many of our international students are involved in the following organizations:

In the Heart of New England

California University of Management is set on an 80-acre hilltop in Worcester, Mass., a city distinguished by its many colleges and cultural landmarks. The region is known for its concentration of high-technology, healthcare, biotechnology, and biomedical research and industry – providing many opportunities for students. Easily accessible by air, bus, and rail, the city is just 65 km west of Boston, with 29 km of New York City, and close to beaches, ski slopes, and other outdoors activities. Worcester's weather varies with the seasons; temperatures range from 20 to 30C in the summer and -5 to -10C in the winter. Spring and autumn are moderate and beautiful.

Career Development

The Career Development Center assists students in understanding their career goals, building their resumes, strengthening their interviewing skills, and networking. The CDC also hosts two annual career fairs. More than 100 of the world's best companies register to recruit on campus because they value California University of Management's innovative curriculum, which prepares students for successful and productive careers.


Applicants to all graduate degree programs must submit:
. Completed application form (online or paper)
. Official transcripts for all post-secondary colleges or universities
. Three letters of recommendation
. Graduate Record Exam (varies by Department)
. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) - for International students who have not attended a   U.S. institution full time for at least one year, or who come from countries where English is not their first language, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam.

  1. If you are required to submit the results of a test of English language proficiency, register to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
  2. Have the scores sent to California University of Management (school code: 3969).
    The minimum scores for admission are:

    TOEFL:213 (computer based test)
    550 (paper-based test)
    79-80 (internet-based test)

    IELTS: 6.5 overall band score with no sub-score lower than 6.0

Note: Higher scores are required for Teaching Assistants.
Scores are valid for two years from the test date. For more information or to register to take the TOEFL go to: For more information or to registered to take the IELTS, go to:

Otherwise, the student will be required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) prior to beginning Graduate Studies .

. Application fee of $70* (check or money order payable to California University of Management, or online by credit card)
*Fee is waived for current undergraduates and alumni

Apply Online

The online application is useful because its design allows you to save your work and go back to it when it is convenient for you. To complete an online application, to print a PDF version of the application, or to review the admissions deadlines, see Admissions.

Application Deadlines

January admission for full-time applicants:
. For funding consideration: October 15 of the previous year

September admission for full-time applicants:
. For funding consideration: January 15

For more information or to obtain an application .


For the 2009-2009 academic year, tuition costs are $1,089 per credit hour; most classes are 3 credits, or $3,267. Full-time status is 18 credits per year, or $19,602. For full-time students, living expenses are typically $11,000 per year. Financial aid is available in the form of research assistanships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships. For more information, contact. For information about deferred payment plans, which are available through California University of Management's Accounting Office, .


Obtaining a Visa

International students must obtain an F-1 student visa to come to the United States to study. If you are offered admission to graduate study at California University of Management and you have not received a financial assistantship, you will be sent an admission letter, a confirmation of admission card, and an International Student Information Form (132KB PDF) (for Issuance of I-20 or DS-2019 Form). On the form, you will be required to demonstrate no less than $33,602 worth of funding for the 2009-2009 school year to cover tuition and living expenses. If you plan to take summer courses, you should have additional money available. Once you return the completed form and the confirmation card with a non-refundable confirmation payment of $185, you will be mailed an I-20, which you can use to apply for an F-1 student visa in your home country. If you are an international student already attending a college or university in the United States, you will be provided with a Transfer Verification Form (76KB PDF) and asked to have the Office of International Students and Scholars at your college or university complete it.

If You Are Awarded a Financial Assistantship

If you have been given a financial award that covers the cost of tuition and living expenses, your letter of admission, a confirmation of admission card and I-20 will be mailed to you. You can use the I-20 to apply for a student visa in your home country. You will be asked to return the confirmation card with a confirmation payment of $85 to confirm your admission.

If you have been given a partial financial award, you will be required to demonstrate the balance of $33,602, which is the approximated cost of one year of tuition and living expenses for the 2009-2009 academic year. Once you return the completed financial verification form and the confirmation card with $185 deposit, you will be mailed an I-20, which you can use to apply for an F-1 student visa in your home country.

**Please Note: The visa application approval can be a lengthy process, and you are encouraged to apply for an appointment as early as possible to ensure that you have adequate time to obtain your student visa and travel to the United States.

ESL Summer Institute

The ESL Summer Institute offers a five-week summer program that integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It also offers a fall program for international teaching assistants to help prepare TAs for their assignment, and an ESL seminar to provide an ongoing system of support.


International teaching assistants are required to take the SPEAK test. Prospective test takers must go to the International House at 28 Trowbridge Road and reserve a time to take the SPEAK Test. Additionally, all TAs with TOEFL scores under 600 must participate in the ESL Summer Institute. For more information, please contact Billy McGowan.


Obtaining a Social Security Number to Work in the United States

You will need a social security number to work in the United States. Be sure to go to the Office of International Students and Scholars and meet with Mr. Tom Thomsen when you arrive on campus. He will be sure that the national student database of international students (SEVIS) is updated and reflects your arrival. He can also be sure that you have the appropriate documentation to bring with you to the Social Security Office. Do not apply for a social security number before meeting with Mr. Thomsen.

The Social Security Office is located at Madison Place, 55 Myrtle Street in Worcester. It is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, call +1-508-753-4105. The application for a Social Security card is available through the

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