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Graduate Admissions

Admission Guidelines

The graduate programs at the University of the Virgin Islands were developed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue advanced understanding beyond the bachelor’s degree. While each program has its own unique characteristics and mission, the overall aim of all the areas of graduate study is to provide a high-quality education for students to meet their professional and technical aspirations, guided by faculty that draw on their deep understanding of Caribbean and global contexts.

Graduate Application

Graduate Programs:

Applicants for graduate programs must:

  1. Complete the graduate application, by clicking here.
  2. Contact the Cashier's Office on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1437 or on St. Croix at (340) 692-4160 to pay the $25.00 graduate application fee
  3. Submit official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. Official transcript (s) must be sent via one of the methods below:
    1. Mail (to your respective campus) or
    2. Through a secure electronic transcript exchange system (such as Parchment Services, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.) to 
  4. Email personal statements, recommendation letters, and resumes to in accordance with the specific requirements for your program. NOTE: Recommendation letters should be signed and emailed or mailed to us directly from your reference. 

All documents to complete the application are expected by October 30 for the Spring semester and April 30 for the Fall or Summer semester (except for MMES applicants). Please refer to the linked graduate programs, above, for program requirements. 

International Graduate Student Applicants

Certain graduate applicants who have attended educational institutions, outside of the United States are required to submit a professional credential evaluation of all completed academic coursework with a cumulative grade point average (GPA). This is typically referred to as a course by-course evaluation report. To view a few of the evaluating services, click here. Additional credential evaluation agencies can also be found at Once completed, send your official credential evaluation to the University of the Virgin Islands, Office of Admissions.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results to our school code 0879. Check out TOEFL information online at

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to pay for at least the first year of study. The I-20 Immigration Form will not be issued until the applicant has been accepted by the Admissions Office and has submitted a Certification of Finances form indicating how fees will be paid while attending the University of the Virgin Islands. Regulations of the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service governing non-immigrant "F-1" students require that all persons in this category pursue a full-time course of study. This means that graduate students must register for a minimum of 9 credits per semester.

All supporting documents, including the Certificate of Finance form, letters from financial institutions, letters to verify room, board and living arrangements, etc. must be submitted to the graduate admissions office via email or postal mail in a timely manner for processing of the I-20 visa. To access the Certificate of Finance form, click here International Students Manual.

For more program information, please click our UVI Graduate Bulletin.

Contact our Graduate Admissions Team 
St. Thomas Campus: (340) 693-1168 
St. Croix Campus: (340) 692-4070