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TOEFL Waiver

Under certain circumstances, international applicants to business programs may request a waiver for the TOEFL when applying for admission. The School of Business Administration will consider, on a case-by-case basis, TOEFL waiver requests from applicants who fall into one of the following categories:

  • The applicant has completed at least three years full-time study at a recognized secondary school, college or university whose primary language of instruction is English; OR
  • The applicant has completed a bachelors degree or higher in an accredited US college or university; OR
  • The applicant has a current IELTS band score (less than 5 years old) of 6.5; OR
  • The applicant has completed nine semester hours of lower division English in an accredited US college or university, three of which must be in composition and three in literature; OR
  • The applicant has completed the highest level of intensive English study and is recommended for academic study by an English Language Institute recognized by the University of Houston-Victoria.

A TOEFL waiver is not automatic for any applicant. To request a TOEFL waiver, the applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Business Administration:

  • A brief written request outlining the reasons why the SBA should grant a TOEFL waiver (including career goals and objectives) and indicating which of the above waiver categories applies.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts for work completed at any college or university attended (if copies have not already been provided to the Office of Admissions).
  • Any other information the applicant wishes to submit (e.g., letter from supervisor explaining the applicant's job duties, performance, and potential, or letters of recommendation).

For questions about this policy, please contact your SBA advisor.