English Language Proficiency

The ability to communicate effectively in English—to read, write and speak the language fluently is vital to a Stevens graduate student.  Therefore every international student must demonstrate English Language proficiency by submitting the results of a TOEFL or an IELTS test (see exemptions below).

Score Requirements:

Students with scores:

86 and above (TOEFL iBT), 567 and above (TOEFL PBT), 7 and above (IELTS)

No further English Language and Communications (ELC) requirements upon arrival on-campus.

79 - 85 (TOEFL iBT), 550- 566 (TOEFL PBT), 6.5 (IELTS)

Must complete the ELC requirement. 

-  Take an English Language Communication (ELC) course during their first semester at Stevens

-  ELC course can be taken along with a regular course load in the student's graduate program

To place out of the ELC requirement students in this category may choose to take and pass the Stevens English Communication Proficiency Exam (ECPE) administered by Stevens upon arrival. (There is a fee of $50 for this test). Those who do not pass the exam will be placed in an ELC course. 

74 - 78  (TOEFL iBT), 537 – 549 (TOEFL PBT), 6 (IELTS)

Must complete the ELC requirements.  Cannot place out of the ELC requirement.

-  Complete an intensive English Language Communication program during their first semester at Stevens. 

-  Be eligible for a reduced academic load if academic difficulties during their first semester due to language difficulties, upon appropriate approvals.

Exemptions and Waiver for TOEFL/IELTS:

Students whose native language is English or have earned a full 4 year degree from an institution in a country where English is the native language are not required to submit English language proficiency test scores. However, students who have earned a full 4 year degree from a university not located in a country where English is the native language but where the medium of instruction is English are qualified to petition for the TOEFL/IELTS waiver interview. To request this interview, please email [email protected]. Please be advised that students who have previously completed a TOEFL or IELTS exam that is no longer valid or does not meet the university’s minimum requirements are not eligible for the waiver interview.

Those who had petitioned for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver based on the English Language Proficiency Policy and were granted a waiver will need to take the Stevens English Communication Proficiency Exam (ECPE) upon arrival on campus. This exam focuses on the assessment of the student's written, oral, and comprehension skills, and will be administered during orientation. There is a fee of $50 for the test. If a student fails to pass the ECPE test after they are granted a waiver, they will be required to complete the ELC program during their first semester in order to continue at Stevens.

*Please note that in order to be considered for the waiver interview, all transcripts must state that the medium of instruction was in English.

New Incoming Students:

Students who fall into one of the following categories must register to take the ECPE exam upon arrival on campus:

- Have TOEFL scores between 79 and 85 

- Have a 6.5 IELTS score 

- Received a waiver during admissions based on the exemptions listed above

During orientation, new incoming students will receive a letter from the ELC staff with the available testing dates. If you have specific questions, please contact the ELC at [email protected]