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Jack Welch College Of Business, Sacred Heart University

Nature of the Collaboration:  Dual/Joint Degree


General Guidelines;


Sacred Heart University classifies an international student as an individual who does not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency (U.S. Resident Alien) and requires an F1 student visa. This includes students who are living and/or studying outside the U.S. and students who are living and/or studying in the U.S. at the time of their application for admission.


For  Dual/Joint Degree Students:

Important Dates:

Sacred Heart University encourages international students to submit their completed undergraduate admissions application before November 1 for January entrance and April 1 for September entrance. Applications received after this date will be considered; however, it is in the student’s best interest to allow extra time if an F-1 student visa and campus housing are needed.

A completed international undergraduate admissions application must include: Common App OR online application, $50 USD fee, official scholastic records from all secondary schools and universities previously attended (with World Education Service credential report if transfer credit is desired, one letter of recommendation, test result of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or SAT), copy of passport, and official bank statement signed by bank official within six months of enrollment date.

Students who are accepted and accept Sacred Heart University’s offer of admission must submit their non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,500 (for resident students) or $500 (for commuter students) by May 1. All deposits are applied as credit to the first semester charges on your student account. (For residents, $1,350 is applied to tuition charges, and $150 is applied to housing charges.) Please keep in mind Sacred Heart University has the right to withdraw its offer for admission for the following reasons: Any part of the admissions application contains misrepresentations; you do not complete the requirements for high school graduation by the end of the current school year; there is a significant decline in your academic profile during your senior year; you submit a deposit to more than one institution.


English Requirements:

 For all non-native English speakers, an official English language proficiency examination is required. SHU may verify exam scores directly with the testing agency. The following minimum scores are accepted:

  • TOEFL PBT: 570; TOEFL iBTL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5 (EXCEPTION: Computer Science, IT, Chemistry, Healthcare Informatics may consider IELTS 6.0)
  • SHU ESL Exam: 80% (must be approved by SHU)
  • PTE: 62; iTEP: 5
  • Cambridge Advanced English: 58
  • Completion of ELS 112 or EF Level C1

Application process:

Sacred Heart University requires that international applicants submit the following information to the Office of Graduate Admissions four (4) months prior to the first day of class:

For students who do not meet these minimum levels - Provisional Acceptance may be granted with the requirement that students complete an ESL course at Sacred Heart University (or other ESL school) prior to starting their academic program.

  • Professional resume detailing the applicant's academic achievements and employment history
  • One-page personal statement discussing the applicant's reasons for pursuing the degree. Please note, program directors do read these statements carefully. Ensure the statement clearly explains why past education and experience, as well as future goals are a good match for the selected program at Sacred Heart University. Also please check for spelling, grammar, or other mistakes.
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant's qualifications for admission to a graduate program. If the applicant has studied or worked at a US institution, a recommendation from a former teacher or manager is suggested. 
  • A bank statement with U.S. dollar figures that verifies the student, the student's family and/or sponsor's ability to pay the costs required to attend Sacred Heart University for one year of study. The statement should be officially certified and signed by a bank official and dated within six (6) months of enrolling at Sacred Heart University
  • Refer to the specific graduate program for any additional admission requirements specific to your program. 
  • College of Business Programs Only (MBA, Finance or Digital Marketing) a GMAT or GRE exam
  • Waivers are occasionally granted for applicants with 5+ years management experience OR those who hold a degree equivalent to a US master’s degree

The Immigration I-20 form (the form needed to obtain a student F1 visa from a U.S. embassy or consulate) will be issued from SHU after the student has been accepted to the University and proof of financial support is submitted. The issuance of an I-20 and subsequent F-1 visa constitutes a legal agreement with the U.S. government binding the student to maintain full-time enrollment (at least 9 credits per term) at all times except during the summer session. Employment in the U.S. is only allowed if authorized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Visa related information:

The visa stamp in your passport was obtained at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad and is used to enter the U.S. The visa shows the latest date you may apply to enter the U.S. It does not show how long you may remain in this country. A valid visa is not necessary to remain in the U.S., so it is okay if your visa expires after you arrive. A valid visa is generally required to return to the U.S. after a trip abroad. If your visa stamp is expired and you will leave the U.S., you must reapply for a new visa to return. There are a few exceptions to this general rule, specifically for Canadian citizens and brief trips to bordering countries. If you are concerned about your visa expiration, contact Pam Barnum in the Immigration and Support Services office at 203-396-6400 or

After you are admitted to the U.S., an immigration status will be granted to you at the port of entry and will be shown on your I-94 card. Generally, your immigration status will be the same as the valid visa you used when you entered the U.S. However, if you are already in the U.S. and apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to change from your current status to another status, then your visa and immigration status will not be the same thing. Once you are inside the U.S., it is vital that you maintain your immigration status by pursuing your authorized activity.


Housing/Residence and Food Info:

Residential Life offers you more than just a place where you study and sleep. Your Residence Hall is a living and learning community designed to help you grow in all aspects of your life at one of the top liberal arts schools. Our goal is to be an extension of the Sacred Heart University classrooms by being the place where you continue conversations from class, work on group projects, or spend time studying by yourself. ‌

The residential halls are an extension of the classroom and where students will spend their other time while at college. Students find that the residential halls are their home away from home. While living in the same location as their classmates and peers, relationships form that could last a lifetime. Students at Sacred Heart University will share a hallway, a bathroom and a bedroom. Students will laugh, share stories and create experiences that will shape their college experience to make it unique and yours!

For more information:

Health Insurance: Visit the following link and apply for the health insurance.

Estimated Cost of Attendance with Semester dates;

Full-time/Semester programs


Mandatory Fee: Graduate Student Fee 

$50 per semester

Doctor of BA of Finance (Fall/Spring/Late Spring)

$11,000 per trimester

Master of Finance and Investment Management Full-Time (Fall/Spring/Late Spring)

$1,212 per credit

Master of Business Administration at Luxembourg/USA (Fall/Spring)

$15,660 per semester

Per Credit programs


Mandatory Fees:
     Graduate Student

$115 per semester
$40 per semester
$25 per semester

Master of Accounting

$905 per credit

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

$905 per credit

Master of Business Administration (MBA at Luxembourg/USA)

$702 per credit

Master of Finance and Investment Management

$1,212 per credit

Master of Science Digital Marketing

$905 per credit

Master of Science Human Resource Management

$905 per credit

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