Certification of finances is required for all international students to reflect that they have necessary funds to
pay for all tuition and related costs of living for at least their first year of schooling. Limited financial assistance
is available from The Master’s University, and a Financial Aid Application may be requested through the
International Admissions Counselor.
International students may transfer from another U.S. college or university if they are a full-time student at the
school currently attended, have maintained non-immigrant student status, and intend to be a full-time student
at The Master’s University. According to the F-1 student visa transfer regulations, the institution from which
the student is transferring must also confirm that the student has maintained his/her F-1 status throughout the
student’s enrollment with them.
Upon admission to The Master’s University, United States Federal law requires that an international student
must be registered as a full-time student. Minimum semester requirements for full-time status for the following
Undergraduate – 12 units
Teacher Credential (5th year) program – 15 units
MABC/MABS resident program – 8 units
MABC/MABS – 8 units
Upon receipt of all documentation, an international student will be notified of the Admission Committee’s
decision. Once a student is accepted and the finances are verified, Form I-20 will be forwarded to them. Form
I-20 is an official document of the United States government which grants a foreign student permission to
apply for a student visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy.
The Master’s University requires that undergraduate F-1 visa international students begin their studies in the
fall semester (September). F-1 visa international students are not permitted to begin as new TMU students in
the Spring (January).
There are restrictions for international students auditing classes. They may audit courses; however, these units are not
included in their full-time unit load calculation. International visitors on B-1 or B-2 visas may not audit or enroll in
Thesis Work Pending for International Students in Graduate Level Programs
A graduate student actively working on a thesis, who continues to reside in the United States, and who has at one time
enrolled in the two-unit Thesis Prep course, can take less than a full load of classes and still maintain full time status.
The thesis itself is considered a full time endeavor. Normal progress to complete the thesis for the MABC resident
program is one year after completion of class work and the Thesis Prep course. The one year of thesis work has been
included in the length of program on the I-20 issued to the student. Therefore no extension of the I-20 end date will be
Online Course Work
Only one class (3 units) of online study may be applied toward the full-time enrollment requirement for international
students during any given semester.
Visa Waiver Program
Students from countries that are participating in the Visa Waiver program will not be allowed to attend classes for
auditing or for credit. It is The Master’s University’s understanding that the use of the visa waiver is for citizens of
certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a
visa. Any form of study on this type of visa would be a violation of status.