Graduate Admissions FAQ’s

If you’re anything like us, you will have questions. Below are a listing of the most common questions asked by our incoming students.

How do I apply?
Applications can be found electronically on our Apply page. Paper applications can be mailed upon request by contacting the Graduate Admissions Office at (Paper applications are unavailable for DPT and MSOT candidates. Please see the Graduate Admissions Requirements page for further information.)

What is the application deadline?

Many of our programs offer rolling admissions, which means we evaluate applications throughout the year. However, we strongly encourage applicants to apply by July 15th (fall term entry), November 15th (Spring term entry) and April 15th (Summer term entry) to provide sufficient time to plan and prepare to begin the program.

Students applying to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and Master of Occupational Therapy programs should refer to program-specific deadlines.

Preferred Deadline – December 1st

Final Deadline – May 1st


Final Deadline – June 1st

Late applications for both programs will be reviewed if space allows.

**International applicants to all programs: Please note that due to the lengthiness of the visa application process, we strongly recommend completing your application well in advance of these deadlines to ensure a smooth transition into your program. Acceptance to a specific academic term does not guarantee that all visa paperwork will be processed in time to enroll for that term. If you are accepted but unable to complete the visa process in time, please contact your admissions counselor for information on requesting a deferral of your admission.

Do you require the GRE?
No. We do not require the GRE for admission into any of our graduate programs.

I have questions regarding my previous academic success, can I set up a meeting with a Graduate Admissions Counselor to discuss specifics?

Of course. If you ever have questions, we’re here to help. Call our office at 413.205.3700 or email

Where should I have my transcripts sent?

Official transcripts can be mailed to:

American International College
Graduate Admissions – Box 6B
1000 State St.
Springfield, MA 01109

Official transcripts can be emailed to They must be sent directly to AIC in order to remain official. Any electronic transcript forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions by an applicant will be considered unofficial.

Official transcripts can be emailed to

When will I hear about an admissions decision?

For graduate programs with rolling admissions deadlines, candidates should expect a final admissions decision 2-4 weeks after their application has been completed.

DPT candidates will be contacted by mail when a decision has been reached. For applicants to the 2023-2024 academic year, decisions will be released on a rolling basis beginning October 15, 2022.

I already submitted my online application, where should I send my recommendations and personal statement?

Students wishing to update their file post submission should log in to the application portal using the username and password established at the time of application. Once logged in, additional documentation can be added to your file.

If you would like to send us hard copy information, please have original documents mailed to:

American International College
Graduate Admissions – Box 6B
1000 State St.
Springfield, MA 01109

How can I get an update on my application status?

Students wishing an update on their file should contact their admissions counselor directly or the Graduate Admissions Office by emailing or calling 413.205.3700.

Can I transfer in credits to a graduate program at AIC?

All master’s degree programs permit the transfer of up to ten semester hours of graduate credit taken at another college or university if those graduate courses are substantially similar in content to the degree program courses at AIC. Doctoral students wishing to transfer credits taken at another college or university for courses which are substantially similar in content to the courses at AIC should consult the appropriate doctoral program for specific details. At minimum, an earned grade of B or better for the equivalent semester hours of credit is required. In all of these matters, please consult the appropriate graduate degree program for specific details.

For questions regarding transfer credits, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 413.205.3700.

My prerequisites are over 5 years old, do you waive any prerequisites on an individual basis?

No, we do not waive prerequisites courses under any circumstances.

Can I apply for admissions even though I am in the process of completing the required prerequisites?

Students can apply for admissions while prerequisites courses are still in progress; however, if admitted they will receive a conditional admissions decision until those courses are successfully completed according to the posted admissions guidelines. All prerequisite courses must be completed no later than 30 days prior to enrollment (unless otherwise specified in your admissions letter).

Is the Master of Science in Nursing program approved for delivery in all 50 states?

No, at this time the MSN program has not been approved in all 50 states. Students with a permanent residence outside of Massachusetts or Connecticut are asked to contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly for further information.

How much does my program cost?

Graduate tuition costs can be found on our Tuition Costs page.

Do you offer Graduate Student Scholarships?

No, AIC does not currently offer merit scholarships for graduate students. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at for assistance in finding scholarships and utilizing other available aid.

Does AIC have Graduate Assistant Positions?

Yes, AIC has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. To learn more about graduate assistantship opportunities at AIC, please contact the Saremi Center for Career Services at

Do you offer graduate housing?

Yes. AIC is excited to announce that we opened our first graduate apartment complex in the fall of 2018. In addition to the new graduate specific apartments, AIC offers additional housing options in each of our residence halls on campus. In these buildings, we try our best to put graduate students together in apartments or in standard double rooms when we see we have multiple graduate students looking for housing. Graduate Students who would like to live on campus can apply for housing by going to the myAIC Residence Life and Student Conduct page. Please note that to access this page, you will need to log in to your AIC account after being admitted and submitting your deposit to confirm you will be attending. Prospective students may review housing options prior to acceptance on our Housing page.

I am worried about my GPA not being competitive enough, can you review my prerequisites and evaluate my potential?

Potential applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit with their admissions counselor. We would be happy to discuss application requirements and potential application concerns during a one on one meeting. Please call our office at 413.205.3700 to schedule a meeting.

When are the classes held?

Our programs are designed for the working professional, and each program takes into consideration the type of student who typically enrolls. As such, times and locations of classes vary by program and location. Please contact Graduate Admissions at 413.205.3700 or by email at for more specific information.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?

Students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores. The test score is valid for two years from the exam date. TOEFL/IELTS scores are not required if a prior college or university degree has been granted within the last three years from a regionally accredited institution within the United States or applicant can document that the language of instruction for undergraduate degree was English.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered official only when submitted directly from the testing service; copies will not be accepted.

Score requirements:

  • Results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) require a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the internet-based test.
  • Results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Model require a minimum overall score of 6.5.

*Please note that some schools and programs may have higher standards that prevail over the graduate school policy. Please check with your admissions counselor for details.

I went to a university outside of the United States, does this transcript need to be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service?

Yes, all transcripts from non-US countries must receive a course by course evaluation through a recognized evaluation service. We accept all evaluations from all active members associated with the NACES organization. (

I need an F1 visa to attend college in the United States, are all of your programs F1 visa eligible?

No. Due to varying on-campus requirements, not all of our programs are F1 visa eligible. Our Doctorate of Education in Teaching & Learning, Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership & Supervision, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, all Masters of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study programs, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctorate of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Science in Cannabis Science & Commerce are ineligible for international students seeking an F1 Visa. This list was updated on October 1, 2022 and may not be a full listing of current programs that are not eligible for an F1 visa. Please contact your admissions counselor with questions.

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