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If English is not your native language and if all of your secondary and post-secondary education was not taught in English, you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Format as part of your application to Fuller Theological Seminary. Scores must be less than two years old.

Applicants to some of Fuller’s master’s level programs may opt to take the Duolingo English Test instead of the TOEFL or IELTS (see below for program-specific information).

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to require an official TOEFL or IELTS score for any applicant if the written application materials do not demonstrate the necessary level of English language proficiency for graduate-level study.

Most applicants can obtain a TOEFL Bulletin by visiting the TOEFL website (www.toefl.org), by writing to TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA, or by calling (609) 771-7100. The IELTS is offered in over 100 countries. Fuller's TOEFL Institution Code is 4313. Information about the IELTS can be obtained by going to the IELTS website (www.ielts.org). Information about the Duolingo English Test can be found on the Duolingo website (englishtest.duolingo.com).

The following scores are required for non-native English speakers applying to English-language programs at Fuller (please note that applicants must meet the minimum total scores and sub-scores listed below in one test sitting)Applications will only be reviewed after the minimum required scores have been submitted to the Admissions Office.

 

School of Theology

(Centro Latino applicants, click here)

Minimum Scores Required
Program TOEFL PBT TOEFL iBT IELTS Academic Duolingo English Test
MDiv, MA's, Non-degree, Special Total Score: 587 Total Score 92 Overall Score: 6.5 Overall Score: 110
Reading 24 Reading 7.0
Writing 24 Writing  6.5
Listening 23 Listening  6.5
Speaking 21 Speaking  6.5
ThM, PhD, DMin Total Score: 600 Total Score 100 Overall Score: 7.0 Does not meet application requirements for these advanced programs.  NA

School of Intercultural Studies

(Korean Studies applicants, click here)

Minimum Scores Required
Program TOEFL PBT TOEFL iBT IELTS Academic Duolingo English Test
MA's, Non-degree, Special Total Score: 587 Total Score 92 Overall Score: 6.5 Overall Score: 110
Reading 24 Reading 7.0
Writing 24 Writing  6.5
Listening 23 Listening  6.5
Speaking 21 Speaking  6.5
ThM, PhD, DIS Total Score: 600 Total Score 100 Overall Score: 7.0 Does not meet application requirements for these advanced programs.  NA

 

School of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy

Minimum Scores Required
Program TOEFL PBT TOEFL CBT TOEFL iBT IELTS Academic
Non-Degree (MFT) Total Score: 587 Total Score: 240 Total Score 92 Overall Score: 6.5
Reading 24
Writing 24
Listening 23
Speaking 21
MSMFT Total Score: 600 Total Score: 250 Total Score 100 Overall Score: 7.0
Reading 24
Writing 24
Listening 26
Speaking 26
PhDPsyD Total Score: 600 Total Score: 250 Total Score 100 Overall Score: 7.0

Please note the following:

  • The TOEFL is currently administered in two formats: internet and paper. In most countries it is administered as an internet-based test (iBT), while in others it is only available as a paper-based test (PBT). Since paper tests are given on a limited basis each year, and preregistration is required, the student should allow sufficient time for the results to be included in the admission process.
  • Applicants in mainland China interested in taking the TOEFL, click here.
  • The IELTS is offered in two test formats: Academic and General Training. Fuller will only accept the IELTS Academic Format for admission.
  • If an MDiv or MA applicant recently earned a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution where English was the language of instruction, he or she may submit a written request to the Admissions Committee explaining why he or she should be excused from taking the TOEFL or IELTS tests. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.
  • The Duolingo English Test does not current meet admissions application requirements for the following programs: MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, PhD in Clinical Psychology, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, PhD in Theology, PhD in Intercultural Studies, ThM in Intercultural Studies, ThM in Theology, Doctor of Intercultural Studies, or Doctor of Ministry.