Admissions Requirements for LMU SFTV International Graduate Applicants

LMU SFTV welcomes filmmakers from all backgrounds and nations. The application process for undergraduates and graduates is the same for domestic students, but international applicants must also show English proficiency and have their transcripts evaluated.

How do transcript evaluations work for international students?​

LMU SFTV requires official transcripts from all schools attended since high school. International applicants who have completed their post-secondary education from an institution outside the United States (U.S.) must hold a degree from a university recognized by the Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution.

Transcripts from an international institution must be translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service (e.g., Educational Credential Evaluators, International Education Research Foundation or World Education Services) before the application is considered for admission.

What are LMU's TOEFL (and IELTS) English proficiency requirements?

International applicants who do not speak English as a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived if International applicants received a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree in the U.S., live in a country where English is an official language, or received a bachelor's degree from an institution of higher learning where courses are taught in English.

Take a look at the English language proficiency FAQ for graduates and undergraduates from LMU's website:

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for undergraduates?

The University’s minimum standard for undergraduate admission is 90 on the Internet-based TOEFL.

What is the minimum TOEFL score required for graduates?

The minimum TOEFL score for admission into most graduate programs is 100.

When is the deadline to submit TOEFL scores?

TOEFL scores should be submitted by the application deadline.

What are alternatives to taking the TOEFL?

Complete an English Composition course at a U.S. college or university:
  • Minimum grade of C or better
    • Online courses are not accepted

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)
  • Minimum score of 53 for undergraduate admission.
  • Duolingo English Test
    • Minimum score of 110 for undergraduate admission.

What is LMU’s TOEFL Institution code?


After admission to a graduate program, if the applicant's proficiency in English should prove inadequate, the University reserves the right to require additional proficiency in English. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the graduate program.

What are LMU's international application deadlines?

International applicants follow the same application deadlines as domestic applicants. However, the University recommends international applicants submit their applications at a minimum of three months prior to the deadline.

For more information about important financial aid, housing information, and required forms, read LMUs overview for newly admitted international students.​