Future Students

International Students

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences is proud to count representatives of various countries from all over the world who are greatly enriching our program among our students at IPS.

Application Process for International Students:

The applications process for international students is the same as that for American citizens, with just a few additional requirements. The Admission Committee reviews completed applications only for each applicant seeking admission. For an application to be considered complete, each applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

  • Application form with personal statements as instructed on the form. Download form here.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation capable of evaluating the applicant’s academic preparedness for graduate work in psychology, philosophy, and theology. Two of them must be from academic sources (such as a professor, academic advisor, etc.). Download form here.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, each in an official sealed envelope. Additionally, international students must submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation from an approved service, such as wes.orgor www.ece.org. (See below for more information.)**
  • GRE scores – General Test Score – taken within the last five years, submitted directly to the Institute from the Educational Testing Service (IPS school code 5639). (The GRE score is required for the Counseling and Psy.D. Programs;  no preferred minimum score has been established for admission.)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($55)
  • Those who do not have English as their first language must submit Test scores of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS) directly to IPS by the testing agency (IPS school code 5639).


**Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must arrange to have any international transcript(s) translated and a “Course-by-Course” evaluation completed and sent directly to IPS from an approved evaluation service (i.e., www.wes.org or www.ece.org). Official transcripts must also be sent directly to IPS from the institution(s).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the forwarding of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended, and to ensure that all required application materials reach the Office of Admissions before the intended deadline(s).

Once all required forms, fees, and documents are received, the Admission Committee will contact all qualified applicants to the M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology to schedule onsite personal interviews.  The applicant is responsible for all personal transportation costs associated with these interviews. Scheduling of interviews is done through the Office of Admissions and must take place by the indicated deadline(s).

VISA Information

The Institute can accept foreign applicants who are in the United States as dependents of someone in the country on a work visa.  The Institute can also accept students in the country on F-1 and R-1 visas.  International students are required to maintain valid immigration status throughout their stay at the Institute.  In most cases, this requires that the student be enrolled full-time for two consecutive semesters out of every year.  A person whose immigration status is not valid is not considered a current student, and cannot register for classes, participate in the Institute’s activities, or apply for readmission or admission to a degree program.

Applying for a Student Visa

International students need to obtain a student F-1 VISA (unless they are authorized to be in the United States under another type of VISA).

To apply for an F-1 VISA, you’ll need an I-20 form which IPS will create after you’ve been accepted.

As an International student you’ll also need to furnish proof that you’ve paid the SEVIS I-901 fee associated with the I-20.  Information on this fee may be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.

The Student Visa application process also requires that you visit your local U.S. consulate for a required interview.  The following are required at the interview:

  • Signed Form I-20 from IPS (be sure to sign your portion in blue ink);
  • Evidence that the SEVIS I-901 fee has been paid;
  • A signed passport, valid for at least six months after the date of entry into the United States;
  • A Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application with photo;
  • A Form DS-157A, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application;
  • A Form DS-158A, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant;
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions;
  • Scores from standardized tests, such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and GMAT;
  • Financial evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for at least the first year of study.

Maintaining Valid Immigration Status While at IPS

International Students are required to maintain valid immigration status throughout their stay at the Institute. To maintain F-1 Student Status, international students must:

  • Enroll in a full course of study at the beginning of each session (excluding authorized break periods);
  • Consult with their Designated School Official (DSO) before dropping below a full course of study for any reason;
  • Report address changes to their DSO within 10 days of the Change;
  • Report any changes in sources of financial support to the DSO;
  • Seek the approval of the DSO/USCIS before engaging in employment or ?practical training;
  • Report any changes in program of study to the DSO;
  • Report any changes of their academic status to the DSO;
  • Notify their DSO prior to traveling outside of the United States;
  • Notify their DSO upon applying for a change in nonimmigrant status;
  • Notify their DSO upon approval of an adjustment of status to an immigrant;
  • Consult with their DSO to extend their program;
  • Notify their DSO if they intend to transfer;
  • Notify their DSO about changes in their dependent status.

Please go to http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/maintain-your-status for more information on maintaining student status. For more information about requirements for studying and working while in the U.S., please go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/.

Funding Your IPS Education

We would like to be very forthright that IPS cannot offer full ride scholarships. Because IPS is a small and relatively young school, we just do not have the money to provide full scholarships to any student. For this reason, Most of our students work part-time while they are in school, though that may be an issue for students who do not have a permit to work in the US.

One thing IPS can do is offer Assistantships and Federal Work-Study programs to help you bridge the gap between your own resources and the amount of money you need to pay for your education. We encourage all students to find funding through supportive members in their community, such as friends, fellow church members, family, and others in their personal network who truly support their work and view it as a calling to help others heal.  There is also the possibility of external (non IPS) scholarships that can occasionally be obtained at the initiative of the student from private organizations. See below for links to some websites. However students manage it, IPS students definitely have the view that their education is an investment in their future career, so the sacrifices they are making are deemed worth it.

Check out the “Financial Aid” section of our website to find more detailed information about what IPS can offer there. When you fill out your application, be sure to submit the International Aid Application with the rest of your paperwork to see what IPS can offer you. You can also feel free to reach out to the Director of Financial Aid here at IPS, Jeff Elliott at jelliott@ipsciences.edu if you have further questions about finances!

International loan resources:


International Scholarships:


For more information please contact:

International Student Services

703-416-1441 Ext.114