Language Requirement

    English Language Proficiency Requirement

    The UC Berkeley Graduate Division requires that all applicants who received their degrees from countries in which the primary official language is not English submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score.

    To satisfy the English Language Proficiency Requirement applicants must fulfill one of the following:

    1. Received a degree from a recognized institution in a country where the primary official language is English. 

    However, regardless of the language of instruction, degrees from the following countries or regions do not meet this requirement:

      • Bangladesh
      • Burma
      • Europe (non-U.K.)
      • India
      • Japan
      • Korea
      • Latin America
      • Middle East
      • Nepal
      • North Africa
      • Pakistan
      • People's Republic of China
      • Southeast Asia
      • Taiwan

    US citizens who received their undergraduate degrees in these countries or regions also do not meet this requirement.

    2. Completed at least one year of full-time coursework with a grade of B or better at a university located in the U.S., U.K., Australia, English-speaking Canada or Singapore. 

    However, the following courses do not fulfill this requirement:
    • Courses in English as a Second Language.
    • Courses conducted in a language other than English.
    • Courses that will be completed after you apply.
    • Courses of a nonacademic nature.

    3. Have taken and met the score requirements for one of the following standardized tests:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT), at least 230 for the computer-based test (CBT), or at least 570 for the paper and pencil test (PBT). To have your exam results sent to Berkeley's Full-Time MBA Program, list institution code 4833 and department code 02.
      • For Fall 2020 admission, we accept official scores only from exams taken on or after June 1, 2018. For detailed information please see: http://www.toefl.org
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): While TOEFL is preferred, you can submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Your most recent overall BAND score must be at least 7 on a 9-point scale.
      • For Fall 2020 admission, we accept official scores only from exams taken on or after June 1, 2018. For detailed information please see: http://www.ielts.org/