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English Proficiency Examination Requirements

Students who earned a bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official language and for whom English is not their first language must submit official scores from one of the following tests that are no more than two years old: TOEFL, International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Pearson PTE, Kaplan PTE, or Duolongo English Test.


The following scores are sufficient to demonstrate the requisite proficiency in English for admission directly into Pace's academic programs:

If you are applying to programs within the School of Education or the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences (except for the MA in Media and Communication Arts):

  • TOEFL scores of 88 (Internet-based version).
  • TOEFL scores of 9.5 (TOEFL® Essentials™)
  • IELTS score of 7.0
  • Pearson PTE score of 60
  • Duolingo score of 115

If you are applying to programs within the College of Health Professions or the MA in Media and Communication Arts:

  • TOEFL scores of 100 (Internet-based version)
  • TOEFL scores of 10.5 (TOEFL® Essentials™)
  • IELTS score of 7.5
  • Pearson PTE score of 68
  • Duolingo score of 130

If you are applying to programs within the Lubin School of Business:

  • TOEFL scores of 90 (Internet-based version)
  • TOEFL scores of 9.5 (TOEFL® Essentials™)
  • IELTS score of 7.0
  • Pearson PTE score of 61
  • Duolingo score of 125

If you are applying to programs within the Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems:

  • TOEFL scores of 78 (Internet-based version)
  • TOEFL scores of 8.5 (TOEFL® Essentials™)
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • Pearson PTE score of 52
  • Duolingo score of 115

Pace University accepts TOEFL® Essentials™, MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.

The TOEFL codes for Pace University are as follows:

Westchester Campus: 2644
New York City Campus: 2635

If your TOEFL or IELTS scores are below the minimums stated above or Admission determines that you need additional English language preparation to be a fully matriculated student, you could be a candidate for the Pace University Global Pathways program. Once you submit your application, the Admission Committee will advise you about being admitted into this program.

Additional Information

All accepted students are required to take University Placement Exams prior to registration. Students may be restricted to intensive English course work for at least one semester, which may extend the length of time and cost of completing a degree.

The Admission Committee may require additional testing if there are concerns about your ability to read, write, and speak English sufficiently to meet the demands of your intended curriculum, based on the materials you submitted as part of your application or on written or verbal communications with you after you submitted your application.