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English Language Proficiency Options

The most common and widely accepted test is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Our institution code for the TOEFL is 4843.

The following are acceptable as proof of English Language Proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79 
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77
  • PTE A (Pearson Test of English Academic): Minimum overall score of 58
  • U of I American Language & Culture Program (ALCP) with score of a Level 6/Advanced Pass
  • U.S. Education Earned Bachelor, or higher, degree at accredited U.S. institution
  • Duolingo English Test: Minimum Overall 110 (as of Spring 2024 admission, the minimum required score will be 115).

A waiver for this requirement is automatically granted to applicants whose education is from countries where English is an official/native language. For more information, visit our English language countries page.


  • All tests must have been taken within two years of the semester for which you are applying.
  • Some graduate programs have a higher requirement. If so, you will need to take the TOEFL, or equivalent test, and obtain the higher score prior to be granted regular admission.

Admission with pending English Proficiency

Selected programs may grant admission to applicants who qualify academically, but have not yet achieved the University of Idaho's minimum English language requirements for full admission.

Students granted admission enroll in University of Idaho's American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) to achieve the minimum language requirement and achieve the academic department’s English language requirement prior to being granted full admission and commencing their degree program. If the required level of language proficiency is not achieved within a two-year time period, applicants may petition to continue in the ALCP, and will need to reapply for admission with the Graduate Admissions Office.


  • Our graduate programs are highly competitive and therefore may not be able to accept students in the this admission category.
  • Successful completion of Advanced Level Courses in U of I’s American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) substitutes for the minimum TOEFL requirement (79).
  • Students seeking admission must submit all international application materials. Some programs/departments require submission of additional documents.
  • Contact the department to which you are applying to determine if there are additional requirements.


Office of Graduate Admissions

Physical Address:

820 Idaho Avenue
Morrill Hall, Room 205
Moscow, ID 83843

Mailing Address:

University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019
Moscow, ID 83844-3019