All international applicants are required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. This requirement can be met if:

  1. Your native language is English, or
  2. You have completed at least one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language) at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term. Enrollment in an English language program, including within the USA, does not fulfill this requirement. This can be confirmed by your transcripts. NOTE** The College of Music, the Business PhD Program and the Department of Economics require the TOEFL whether or not you have previously studied at a U.S. institution and regardless of length of attendance.
  3. You take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and receive a score that is equal to or higher than your program’s requirements.  Some departments do not accept the IELTS, please check with your program. Official TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years from the date of taking the test.

    Please Request that ETS report your TOEFL score to our school code 4841

    OR

    Please request your IELTS test center report your score to our school using the following information (IELTS does not use school codes):

    University of Colorado Boulder - Masters & PhD
    3100 Marine Street
    Suite A122, UCB 65
    Boulder, CO 80303

  4. For 2021 admissions:

    We will be accepting the online version of TOEFL offered by ETS through Proctor U.

    We will accept English language proficiency demonstrated through Duolingo. A minimum score of 100 (on the 160 point scale) is required. To report your official DuoLingo scores, please click ‘Send Results’ from inside the application, and then choose, ‘University of Colorado Boulder – Undergraduate.’

TOEFL or IELTS Not Required
Countries
Australia Ireland
Belize New Zealand
Botswana Nigeria
Canada (except Quebec) Scotland
Commonwealth Caribbean Singapore
Ghana South Africa
Great Britain Zimbabwe
India*  

Note: Paper-Based TOEFL scores will no longer be accepted after October 1, 2019.

*Applicants from India to the Engineering Management program will be required to submit English Proficiency Scores.

Minimum Scores Required

Graduate Programs

Internet Based TOEFL

IELTS

Accounting and Taxation Accounting

100

Not accepted

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (MA)

100 7.0

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (PhD)

107 7.0

Aerospace Engineering

83

6.5

Anthropology 100 7.0

Applied Math

100

Not accepted

Architectural Engineering 90 7.0
Art History (MA) 83 7.0
Art History (PhD) 105 7.5

Asian Languages & Civilizations (master's)

95 7.0

Asian Languages & Civilizations (doctoral)

105 7.5
Biochemistry 100 7.0
Biomedical Engineering 75 Not accepted

Business (doctoral)

100

7.0

Chemical Engineering

100

7.0

Chemistry

100

7.0

Civil Engineering

90

7.0

Communications (master's and doctoral)

75

6.5

Comparative Literature 75 6.5

Computer Science

83

6.0

Dance

79

6.5

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

79

6.0

Economics

75*

Not accepted

Education

90

7.0

Electrical Engineering

100

7.0

Engineering Management

102

7.5

English 100 7.0

Environmental Studies

100

7.0

Environmental Engineering  90 7.0
French and Italian 75  
Geological Sciences 75 6.0
History 75 6.0

Integrative Physiology

100

7.0

Journalism (master's)

100

7.0

Journalism (doctoral)

107

7.0

Law (JD & LLM)

100

7.0

Linguistics

90

7.0

Mathematics

100

7.0

MBA

100

7.0

Mechanical Engineering 

80 min, 90 preferred

6.5 min, 7.5 preferred

Media Studies (MA)

100

7.0

Media Studies (PhD)

107

7.0

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

100

6.0-7.0

Museum and Field Studies

75

Not accepted

Music (doctoral)

93

Not accepted

Music (master's)

80

Not accepted

Music (prof. certificate programs)

75

Not accepted

Physics

89

Not accepted

Political Science

90

7.0

Psychology and Neuroscience 90 7.0

Spanish

80

6.5

Technology, Media and Society (ATLAS)

100

7.0

Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy

100

7.0

Theater

79

6.5

All others

75

6.0

* 75 overall; 23 speaking for admission consideration; 24 speaking for funding consideration

  

*IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

If you need additional instruction in English, you may wish to enroll at the university's International English Center.