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To be considered for admission to the Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) Degree Program, you must submit the following:

Apply

Please Note: International Students are eligible to complete the Individualized Masters of Arts (IMA) Degree Program. However, since the program is low-residency, International Students will only receive an I-20 for the On-Campus Residency period which is typically 3 to 5 days. Students will not be eligible for an I-20 outside of this period. International Students would then typically study from their home country. (Exceptions do exist, so please contact the jstarratburlington [dot] edu (IMA Program Coordinator) to discuss your situation.)

  • Complete the Application for the Individualized Master's Degree Program.

    Application Deadlines: May 15 for Fall admission | November 1 for Spring Admission. (Please Note: If you wish to submit an application after these dates, please contact the jstarratburlington [dot] edu (IMA Coordinator)).

IMPORTANT: While not required for admission to Burlington College, all international students will be required to submit proof of available financial resources to cover the educational and living costs associated with attending Burlington College for one academic year. This is a necessary requirement for immigration purposes. Currently, international applicants to Burlington College will need to show proof of sufficient financial resources in the amount of US$ 33,503 to cover tuition, living expenses and miscellaneous costs. There is no financial aid available for students. More information regarding this requirement can be found in the After You Are Accepted section.

Submit Transcript from Undergraduate Institution

 

  • What is this?
    This would be an official transcript from another US or foreign college/university that indicates you have received a Bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S., B.F.A.).

  • Why is this needed?
    Students must have a valid undergraduate degree to be eligible for a Master's degree.

  • How to Submit?
    • Transcripts from US institutions must be sent directly to Burlington College from the issuing institution.
    • Transcripts (or equivalent documents) from non-US institutions must be submitted through an international credential verification service, such as WES or ECE. Students will need to have their official post-secondary transcripts sent directly to the credential verification service and request that a course-by-course evaluation be sent directly to Burlington College.

Proof of English-Language Proficiency

  • What is this?
    International students whose native language is not English must take an approved test of English proficiency. The college recognizes TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International Language Testing System). For any other test, please contact Admissions to verify that it will be accepted. Minimum required scores are:

    TOEFL (Internet‐based): 80 | IELTS: 6.5

  • Why is this needed?
    This is required by the federal regulations governing international students in the US. Most importantly, however, it ensures that you have the necessary language abilities to be successful in your program of study.

  • How to Submit?
    Students must request that an official score report be sent directly to Burlington College from the testing agency. Copies or scans will NOT be accepted for purposes of admission. Burlington College codes are:

    TOEFL: 1119 | IELTS:

    Exemption Options:
    • Students with 4 years of study at a non-US institution where English is the primary language of instruction (secondary or post-secondary)
    • 1 academic year at a US secondary or post-secondary institution
    • • If you are a citizen of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cook Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom (including Caribbean territories), United States, Zimbabwe.

 

Submit Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • What is this?
    It is very common in the US for colleges and universities to request letters of recommendation from applicants. These letters are generally written by a teacher, supervisor, mentor, or other leader who knows your academic, personal, and/or employment background. Burlington College requires a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation to be considered for admission.

  • Why is this needed?
    As part of the admissions process we try to look at all aspects of an applicant. While your prior academic history is important, to get a full picture of who you are we value what others who know you have to say. In some cases, we may contact your recommender to learn more about you.

  • How to Submit?
    Letters can be sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post. It is preferred for the writer of the recommendation to send to us directly.

Submit Application Essay

What is this?
The application essay is part of the application process and is written by the student. Your Application Essay should be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced) and should describe why you've chosen and are inspired by your area of study. What educational and experiential background do you have in this area? What do you hope to achieve by the time you graduate? How will a Masters Degree forward your personal and professional goals? Why does distance learning work for your life right now?

Why is this needed?
The application essay gives the college an opportunity to learn more about you beyond what can simply be listed on the application. The essay is an opportunity for you to tell us more about you and help us get to know you better.

How to Submit?
The essay should be sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post.

Submit $50 (U.S.) Application Fee

 

  • What is this?
    An application fee is standard in the United States. It must be paid before your application is considered complete and is non-refundable.

  • How to Submit?
    The application can be paid via check drawn on a US Bank or by credit card online.

 

Apply

Please Note: International Students are eligible to complete the Individualized Masters of Arts (IMA)" Degree Program. However, since the program is low-residency, International Students will only receive an I-20 for the On-Campus Residency period which is typically 3 to 5 days. Students will not be eligible for an I-20 outside of this period. International Students would then typically study from their home country. (Exceptions do exist, so please contact the jstarratburlington [dot] edu (IMA Program Coordinator) to discuss your situation.)

  • Complete the Application for the Individualized Master's Degree Program.

IMPORTANT: While not required for admission to Burlington College, all international students will be required to submit proof of available financial resources to cover the educational and living costs associated with attending Burlington College for one academic year. This is a necessary requirement for immigration purposes. Currently, international applicants to Burlington College will need to show proof of sufficient financial resources in the amount of US$ 33,503 to cover tuition, living expenses and miscellaneous costs. There is no financial aid available for students. More information regarding this requirement can be found in the After You Are Accepted section.

Submit Transcript from Undergraduate Institution

 

  • What is this?
    This would be an official transcript from another US or foreign college/university that indicates you have received a Bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S., B.F.A.).

  • Why is this needed?
    Students must have a valid undergraduate degree to be eligible for a Master's degree.

  • How to Submit?
    • Transcripts from US institutions must be sent directly to Burlington College from the issuing institution.
    • Transcripts (or equivalent documents) from non-US institutions must be submitted through an international credential verification service, such as WES or ECE. Students will need to have their official post-secondary transcripts sent directly to the credential verification service and request that a course-by-course evaluation be sent directly to Burlington College.

Proof of English-Language Proficiency

 

  • What is this?
    International students whose native language is not English must take an approved test of English proficiency. The college recognizes TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International Language Testing System). For any other test, please contact Admissions to verify that it will be accepted. Minimum required scores are:

    TOEFL (Internet‐based): 80 | IELTS: 6.5

  • Why is this needed?
    This is required by the federal regulations governing international students in the US. Most importantly, however, it ensures that you have the necessary language abilities to be successful in your program of study.

  • How to Submit?
    Students must request that an official score report be sent directly to Burlington College from the testing agency. Copies or scans will NOT be accepted for purposes of admission. Burlington College codes are:

    TOEFL: 1119 | IELTS:

    Exemption Options:
    • Students with 4 years of study at a non-US institution where English is the primary language of instruction (secondary or post-secondary)
    • 1 academic year at a US secondary or post-secondary institution

 

Submit Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • What is this?
    It is very common in the US for colleges and universities to request letters of recommendation from applicants. These letters are generally written by a teacher, supervisor, mentor, or other leader who knows your academic, personal, and/or employment background. Burlington College requires a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation to be considered for admission.

  • Why is this needed?
    As part of the admissions process we try to look at all aspects of an applicant. While your prior academic history is important, to get a full picture of who you are we value what others who know you have to say. In some cases, we may contact your recommender to learn more about you.

  • How to Submit?
    Letters can be uploaded to the Common Application online or sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post. It is preferred for the writer of the recommendation to send to us directly.

Submit Application Essay

What is this?
The application essay is part of the application process and is written by the student. Your Application Essay should be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced) and should describe why you've chosen and are inspired by your area of study. What educational and experiential background do you have in this area? What do you hope to achieve by the time you graduate? How will a Masters Degree forward your personal and professional goals? Why does distance learning work for your life right now?

Why is this needed?
The application essay gives the college an opportunity to learn more about you beyond what can simply be listed on the application. The essay is an opportunity for you to tell us more about you and help us get to know you better.

How to Submit?
The essay should be sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post.

Submit $50 (U.S.) Application Fee

 

  • What is this?
    An application fee is standard in the United States. It must be paid before your application is considered complete and is non-refundable.

  • How to Submit?
    The application can be paid via check drawn on a US Bank or by credit card online.