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You are an international student if:

  • You are a first-year or transfer student who plans to study at Rider while on a visa
  • You have attended secondary school and/or university outside the United States
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the Application
    The application may be completed online or downloaded and completed on paper. Apply Now

    Learn more about Application Deadlines
  2. Pay the Fee
    The $50 application fee is non-refundable and may be paid online via credit card or by check.
    All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
    Application fee waivers are not available for international applicants.
  3. Submit Your Academic Record
    Submit official transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificates, degree certificates and/or exam results from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Transcripts must have the official school seal and be translated to English.
    • Photocopies are only accepted when attested by the college or university.
    • A listing of courses taken and grades received must be included.
    • If your previous institution was outside the United States, you will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your credits by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View a list of members.
    Applicants for all graduate programs must hold a bachelor’s degree (in any major) from an accredited college or university. An applicant must have completed sixteen (16) years of formal education. Our graduate programs do not consider post-graduate diplomas (without previous Bachelor's degree) or membership in professional institutes as qualifications for entry into a graduate program.
  4. Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • This requirement is waived for students who have completed previous degree programs in the United States.
    • Rider University’s TOEFL Code: 2758
    • Minimum Scores
      TOEFL iBT: 79 (scores that fall between 75 - 78 will require further review)
      TOEFL PBT: 540
      IELTS: 6.0
    • Students with scores below the university's minimum requirements will be considered for conditional admission through Rider's English Language Institute
  5. Submit personal statement
    Graduate Business, Education and Liberal Arts applicants: Please provide a detailed, carefully written statement, which indicates your reasons for pursuing graduate study in the area selected. Include your professional goals and expectations from the program. This statement of your aims and objectives will be used as part of the evaluation of your acceptance into the graduate program you have selected. (500 word minimum)

    Graduate Westminster Choir College applicants: Each graduate applicant is asked to write a substantial essay of 500 words unless otherwise specified in the audition/admission requirements.
  6. Submit resume
    Submit a current resume
  7. Submit proof of finances
    Submit copies of all previous visas and/or I-20's processed and used in the United States, if applicable.

    Students planning to hold an F-1 Student Visa must also submit:
  1. Submit Information

    Submit official notification of GMAT or GRE scores. Please use the following codes to submit scores to Rider University:
    • GMAT:
      Q5P-Q7-82 MBA, Full Time 
      Q5P-Q7-99 MBA, Part Time (not available to F-1 or J-1 student-visa holders)
      Q5P-Q7-93 Master of Accountancy
    • GRE: 2758

    Submit additional requirements, by program.
    • Please note that the Graduate Level Teacher Certification program is not available to F-1 Student Visa Holders. Other visa holders should contact the NJ State Department of Teacher Licensure directly to ensure that they would be eligible for student teaching and state certification.
    • Some programs require that applicants hold a current teaching certificate.
    • Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission with any questions regarding your eligibility.
    M.A. Applied Psychology Applicants:
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Personal interview (by invitation, following an initial screening by the Admission Office)

Scholarship eligibility

 Scholarship eligibility is determined at the same time we review your complete application. Rider practices rolling admissions; once your application is complete, you will be notified of your decision.

View Scholarships and Financial Aid


Application Review

Rider University welcomes students with a variety of academic backgrounds. When reviewing an application for admission, the Undergraduate Admission Office takes a holistic approach by assessing your academic performance, letters of recommendation, and your admission essay. Once the committee has reviewed the entirety of the student's academic experience, an admission decision will be made.


Admissions Mailing Address

Mailing Address (Graduate Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Counseling, and Leadership Applicants):
Rider University
Office of Graduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099

Mailing Address (Graduate Westminster Choir College Applicants):
Office of Admission
Westminster Application Processing Center
Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-9943

Personal Statement Essay Questions
Now is your chance to express yourself – let us get to know the real you – we know you're more than a series of facts and figures! In the textbox below (at least 250 words), please answer one of the following questions.
  1. Jump into the future, ten years from your Rider graduation. You have been selected to receive a local community award and will need to submit a biographical sketch. Highlight your personal and professional accomplishments since graduation.
  2. Describe a person or event that has influenced your life in a significant way and how you have grown as a result of this experience.
  3. Create and answer your own college essay question. We are interested in your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly. Let us know why you feel this question should be included in the application.