Official Educational Documents

International applicants who have completed a post-secondary program must:

  1. Submit an official copy of the degree, diploma, or certificate awarded whereby the academic institution validates completion and conferral.
  2. Request that official post-secondary academic records be forwarded to the Temple University department or program to which application is being made.

If there is any question as to what academic records should be submitted with an international application, visit the World Education Services website at  Applicants from the educational systems of China and India may review the information specific to them in the appropriate box at the top of this page.

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be submitted for the applicant by the university, even if only one course was taken.  Applications that do not include all post-secondary academic records are incomplete and will not be reviewed.  Unsealed post-secondary school academic records in the student’s possession are not official and, therefore, are not acceptable for admissions purposes.  Temple University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of academic records, test scores, and letters of reference.

Applicants who attended institutions that do not issue complete academic records in English must submit official copies of native language records and literal translations prepared by an appropriate university or government official.

Academic documents may be submitted to a credential evaluation organization approved by Temple University, as identified at  The applicant should request that the evaluation be sent directly to the department/program of application at Temple University.  It is recommended that the applicant also send to the department/program an unofficial copy of the academic records on which the outside evaluation is based.

The Graduate School does not require additional in-house evaluation of credentials that have been assessed by the agencies listed on the NACES® website.  In fact, the Graduate School strongly recommends that applicants have their credentials evaluated by a professional credentialing service listed on the NACES® website to ensure the timely processing of their applications, with the ultimate goal of their receiving a timely decision.