Proficiency in written and oral English appropriate to graduate and professional study
is expected of all PCOM students. Any applicant whose native language is not English
must demonstrate objective competency in English within the past two years by satisfactory
performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum required
score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required
for the speaking component. General writing assistance is available for theses and
dissertations, however, as an institution offering only graduate and professional
programs, PCOM does not offer remedial ESL coursework.
Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction
was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. Your score is
considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than two years old from
the start of your admission term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants
from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level,
and how recent it has been, are the determining factors in meeting this requirement.
Applicants are exempt from the TOEFL requirement if:
English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level; or they
have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more
than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment; or they have completed
at least two full-time semesters of graded course work, exclusive of ESL courses,
in a U.S. college or university, or at an institution outside the U.S. where English
is the exclusive language of instruction, not more than five years prior to the anticipated
semester of enrollment.