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 2022 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 by the Graduate School, though individual graduate departments or programs may have higher requirements. To report your official DuoLingo scores, please click ‘Send Results’ from inside the application, and then choose, ‘University of Colorado Boulder – graduate.’

​TOEFL or IELTS Not Required

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean
  • Ghana
  • India*
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • Zimbabwe

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

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

Minimum Scores Required

Graduate Programs

Internet Based TOEFL

IELTS

Duolingo

Accounting and Taxation Accounting

100

Not accepted

 

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (MA)

100 

7.0

100

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design (PhD)

107

7.0

100

Aerospace Engineering

83

6.5

100

Anthropology 100 7.0 100

Applied Math

100

Not accepted

100

Architectural Engineering 90 7.0 115
Art History (MA) 83 7.0 100
Art History (PhD) 105 7.5 100

Asian Languages & Civilizations (MA)

95 7.0 100

Asian Languages & Civilizations (PhD)

105 7.5 100
Biochemistry 100 7.0 110
Biomedical Engineering

80 (Min)
90 (Preferred)

6.5 (Min)
7.5 (Preferred)

100

Business (PhD)

100

7.0

120

Chemical Engineering

100

7.0

100

Chemistry

100

7.0

100

Civil Engineering

90

7.0

115

Communication

75

6.5

100

Comparative Literature 75 6.5 100
Computational Linguistics, Analytics, Search and Informatics (CLASIC)

83

6.0

100

Computer Science

83

6.0

100

Creative Technology and Design (ATLAS)

100

7.0

120

Dance

79

6.5

100

Data Science 80 6.0 100

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

79

6.0

100

Economics

75*

Not accepted

100

Education

90

7.0

100

Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering**

100

7.0

100

Engineering Management

102

7.5

125

English 100 7.0 100

Environmental Studies

100

7.0

100

Environmental Engineering  90 7.0 115

Integrative Physiology

100

7.0

100

Journalism 

100

7.0

100

Law (JD & LLM)

100

7.0

 

Linguistics

90

7.0

120

Mathematics

100

7.0

100

MBA

100

7.0

 

Mechanical Engineering

80 (Min)

90 (Preferred)

6.5 (Min)

7.5 (Preferred)

100

Media Studies (MA)

100

7.0

100

Media Studies (PhD)

107

7.0

100

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

100

6.0 - 7.0

100

Museum and Field Studies

75

Not accepted

100

Music (Artist Diploma) 75 6.5 100

Music (DMA, PhD)

93

7.0

115

Music (Music Education MA)

80

6.5

105

Music (Musical Arts MA)

75

6.0

105

Physics

89

Not accepted

100

Political Science

90

7.0

100

Psychology and Neuroscience Not accepted 7.0 120

Spanish

80

6.5

100

Technology, Cybersecurity & Policy 83 6.0 100

Theater

79

6.5

100

All others 

75

6.0

100

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

**Electrical Engineering accepts unofficial TOEFL or IELTS results, but upon admission applicants must submit a valid official TOEFL or IELTS score.

 

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