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Applicant Requirements

Selected applicant requirements.

At DeVry University, we welcome students from diverse backgrounds. If you represent one of the following populations, we recommend you read the appropriate area below.

  • International Applicants
  • Nonnative Speakers of English
  • Home-Schooled Applicants and Applicants from High Schools Not Recognized by DeVry University
  • Applicants Selecting the General Business Option within the Business Administration Program
  • Applicants Not Seeking Degrees
  • Prior-Learning Credit

The additional information contained in this section may be helpful as you explore DeVry University Admissions. You can also read more about specific admission requirements in the academic catalog.

Prior-Learning Credit

Real-World Transfer Credit for Real-World Experience

You know a college transcript doesn’t tell the whole story. At DeVry, you could get credit for what you already know. In addition to previous college coursework, we award prior learning credit toward graduation based on:


Undergraduate Students


Credit by Examination
Students may qualify to receive proficiency credit for a course by successfully completing a nationally recognized exam such as:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) test
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) exam
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) course or exam

Detailed information about external standardized exams is available here.


Credit for Professional certifications and training
You may be eligible for proficiency credit if you hold current, specific industry-recognized professional licenses or certificates such as the following:

  • Certain Cisco certifications
  • Certain CompTIA certifications
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)<
  • RHIT Certification


Students may also be eligible for proficiency credit if they have successfully completed certain specialized training such as Cisco Networking Academy coursework.


Detailed information about professional certifications is available here.

DeVry University Challenge Exams

DeVry University Challenge exams are also available for students to demonstrate proficiency in select subjects. Testing is administered by the College of Study.


Credit for Military coursework and training experience
DeVry University is a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) consortium as well as the SOC Degree Network System (DNS), a subgroup of SOC consortium member institutions selected by the military services to deliver specific associate and bachelor's degree programs. For more information on SOC, see the Academic Catalogs.


Military coursework and educational experiences are evaluated based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, which may indicate that military coursework and educational experiences qualify for either transfer credit or proficiency credit. Additional information on work force and military training recommendations is available via the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training and the ACE Military Guide Online, respectively.

DeVry Graduate Students
At DeVry University, your educational and professional experience matter. With approved transfer credit, course waivers and course exemptions you may be able to reduce your required course load and/or replace required courses with electives that align with your goals and interests.


Transfer Credit
If you are enrolled in a master's degree program, credit for up to three courses (nine semester-credit hours) may be transferred from other University-recognized graduate schools.* To receive transfer credit, the following criteria must be met:

  • The course or courses taken were for graduate credit while you were enrolled as a graduate student.
  • The course or courses taken are equivalent to a DeVry University course in content, level and credit hours.
  • The grade or grades earned were B or better.
  • The course or courses were completed within the five years preceding initial enrollment at Devry University.

Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be transferred. Transfer credit reduces the number of courses you must take, and correspondingly reduces your costs, but does not affect grade point average calculations.


If you are pursuing a graduate certificate, you may apply a maximum of three semester-credit hours of transfer credit to your certificate requirements.


Credit for Professional Certifications and Training
The University awards transfer credit, as appropriate, based on recommendations of the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service, which evaluates work force and military training programs to determine their comparability to college-level learning. To earn credit, students must earn the minimum ACE recommended score or higher. Additional information on work force and military training recommendations is available via the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training and the ACE Military Guide Online, respectively.


More information on other agreements maintained by DeVry is available by contacting


Prior-Learning Credit - Veterans
Students using veterans' benefits are required to submit official transcripts of all previous education and training to DeVry University.


DeVry maintains a written record of previous undergraduate and graduate education completed by veterans and all persons eligible for veterans' benefits. A copy of official transcripts used to evaluate transfer credit is maintained in each student’s permanent record. This record, required for transfer-credit review, clearly indicates when appropriate transfer credit has been given. Veterans enrolled in a DeVry University course for which credit has already been earned at a University-recognized institution cannot include that course in the total hours reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of prior credit eligible for transfer.


Course Waivers
If you have extensive academic or professional experience, you may petition to waive a program core or program-specific course. Supporting documentation of such achievement may include, but is not limited to, relevant academic transcripts, a detailed job description or evidence of an appropriate license or certification.


Waivers do not reduce the number of courses you must take; however, you can replace a waived course with any elective as long as you have met the prerequisites. This enables you to add an elective that meets your specific goals and interests. A 600-level course, including capstone courses, may not be waived.


Course Exemptions
In some cases, if you have earned DeVry University credit, you may be eligible for course exemptions. Course exemptions reduce the number of courses you must take; therefore, an exempted course need not be replaced with an additional elective.


Refer to the Graduate Academic Catalog or request more information about transfer credits (including information specific to veterans), course waivers and course exemptions.


Certain course exemptions are not available in New Jersey and New York.


*Students in California may receive transfer credit for up to two courses (six semester-credit hours).


International Applicants


NOTE: International applicants should obtain academic advising prior to enrolling to ensure they can retain nonimmigrant status while enrolled at DeVry University.


DeVry University is authorized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to accept and enroll nonimmigrant students.


Nonimmigrant applicants must:


  • Provide certified copies of acceptable documents demonstrating the required level of prior education.
  • Provide a notarized statement of financial support or a certified government sponsor letter indicating that tuition will be paid in advance of each semester and that a sponsor will provide all necessary living expenses for the international applicant. (Form I-134 may be used.)
  • Meet requirements for admission of nonnative speakers of English, if applicable (see below).
  • Meet all other DeVry University admission requirements. DeVry University does not administer placement examinations beyond the boundaries of North America.

Applicants should check with their consulate or embassy for other pertinent requirements.


DeVry University is also authorized to accept and enroll international applicants who wish to transfer to DeVry University from other U.S. institutions.


English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement

All instruction and services are provided in English.


In addition to fulfilling all other admission requirements, applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate English-language proficiency by providing evidence of one of the following:


  • Submission of a U.S. high school diploma or GED certificate (completed in English).
  • Submission of a high school diploma, or post-secondary degree or higher, earned at an institution in which the language of instruction was English*.
  • Submission of a post-secondary transcript verifying completion of 12 semester-credit hours of baccalaureate-level (excluding remedial or developmental) courses with at least a C (70 percent) average from an institution in which the language of instruction was English*.
  • Submission of an earned Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
  • Submission of an overall band score of at least 5.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
  • Submission of an overall score of at least 4.0 on the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) Academic-Plus exam.
  • Successful completion of all three levels of the Global Assessment Certificate program.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive English Program - Level 5 through the GEOS Language Academy.
  • Successful completion of an approved external Intensive English Program.
  • Submission of documents demonstrating successful completion of a DeVry-recognized intermediate-level English as a Second Language (ESL) course.
  • Completion of either of the following, with a grade of B (80 percent) or higher, from a DeVry-recognized post-secondary institution or community college:
    • The equivalent of DeVry’s freshman English composition course.
    • Two or more baccalaureate-level English writing or composition courses.
  • Documents verifying at least two years' service in the U.S. military.
  • Having attained acceptable scores on a DeVry-administered English-language-proficiency exam**.

At DeVry University locations offering an ESL program, different English-language-proficiency requirements apply. Details are available in location-specific English as a Second Language supplements, available via


*Students who submit a high school diploma or a post-secondary degree (or higher) from an institution in which English was the primary language of instruction may submit a letter from their school’s principal or registrar indicating the language of instruction at the school was English.


**International applicants requiring an I-20 may not take DeVry-administered ESL tests.


Applicants Home-Schooled/or from Not-Recognized High Schools

Home-schooled applicants and applicants who attended high schools not recognized by DeVry must provide either of the following:

  • A transcript indicating the applicant has met minimum high school core subject requirements as defined by the state governing board or province. Documentation should include course titles, brief descriptions of content, duration of study (including dates of completion), grades or assessment of performance, and credits earned. Information should be delineated by grade years nine, 10, 11 and 12.
  • Documentation outlining courses an applicant has completed, year by year, and all end-of-year evaluations of courses by a home-school evaluator or staff person assigned to the student by the local school board or state-approved home school organization. The minimum number of units required in each core subject is: English, three; mathematics, two; natural sciences, one; social sciences, one. Such information must be documented on the transcript.

See additional specific admission requirements in the academic catalog.

General Business Option Applicants

Plan II Applicants

In addition to meeting all regular admission requirements, applicants selecting this option must have earned a business-related credential approved by DeVry for articulation. Among others, the following credentials are considered:


  • A three-year bachelor of commerce or bachelor of business administration degree in India. The credential, as well as the granting institution, must be recognized by the appropriate agency in India, and the applicants' overall average marks in the program must have been at an acceptable level, as defined by DeVry.
  • A higher national diploma meeting the requirements of the Scottish Qualifications Authority or other approved authority. The credential, as well as the granting institution, must be recognized by the appropriate national agency.


Applicants Not Seeking Degrees


Applicants wishing to enroll in courses for personal or professional enrichment, but who do not intend to pursue a program of study, must complete a non-matriculated student enrollment agreement. Some general admission requirements and procedures may be waived, especially for high school students participating in an approved enrollment plan. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the requisite skills and competencies for the intended coursework; an academic administrator will evaluate applicants' status by appropriate means. Applicants who did not demonstrate basic skills required for the chosen program; failed to meet DeVry University's standards of academic progress; or are required to take ESL, developmental or prerequisite skills coursework may not enroll as non-matriculated students.


Enrollment with non-matriculated status is limited to course attempts totaling 24 semester-credit hours, and further restrictions may be imposed if students are not making adequate progress. Non-matriculated students seeking to pursue a program of study must submit a written request to the program administrator; meet all admission, financial and academic requirements for the intended program; submit a matriculating student application; and sign a new enrollment agreement before permission to pursue the program of study is granted.


Non-matriculated students are not eligible for career services, housing assistance, part-time-employment assistance, financial aid or benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.