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Additional Information for International Applicants

Thank you for your interest in Presidio Graduate School!

As an international applicant, the following information is critical for you to review as you apply and enroll in our MBA in Sustainable Business program. Below you’ll find answers to commonly asked questions and additional information. Please read this information carefully and connect with the Admissions Team with any questions particular to your situation. We look forward to working with you!

Which MBA program can I apply to?

International students are currently only eligible to apply to PGS’s MBA in Sustainable Business, our Seattle-based Metro MBA program. The Certificates and MBA in Sustainable Systems Hybrid and our San Francisco MBA/MPA based programs are hybrid formats (blending online and in-person) and are not available to international students who require a student visa.

Important Application Steps

Steps for applying to Presidio Graduate School as an international student:

  1. Complete the application for the MBA in Sustainable Business program (Seattle Metro)
  2. Submit official transcripts and evaluation of any foreign transcripts through an international transcript service such as » World Education Services or » Foundation for International Services.
  3. Complete and submit English Language Proficiency Exam result. See below for more information on this requirement.
  4. Submit the International Student Declaration of Finances form. Please see below for more information on the Declaration of Finances.
  5. If admitted, Presidio Graduate School will create an Initial SEVIS record and issue a Form I-20 to the student. The student will be responsible for paying the SEVIS I-901 fee. Please see the SEVP web site for more information regarding the SEVIS I-901 fee. The student will need to apply for an F-1 visa to one of the following:  The local U.S. consulate or embassy in the student’s home country; The U.S. Point of Entry directly, if the student is a citizen of a visa exempt country; or USCIS for a change of status to F-1, if the prospective student is in the United States in another nonimmigrant status. ( USCIS Web site).

Please see the Department of State web site below for more information on student visas and applications:

English Language Proficiency Requirement

International applicants whose baccalaureate degree was not completed in English must provide evidence of English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS).

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT Total Score Requirement: 90. Minimum TOEFL PBT Total Score Requirement: 600.
  • Minimum IELTS band score: 7.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.
  • Presidio Graduate School institution code is 7306.

International applicants with extensive work experience or previous study in the U.S. may be eligible for a waiver and may request to have the English Language Proficiency Requirement waived.

If you think your TOEFL/IELTS exam should be waived, please contact the Admissions Office.

What is the Declaration of Finances?

In order for PGS to issue the Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019), U.S. immigration policies requires Presidio Graduate School to verify the financial resources of all international applicants. International applicants must therefore complete and submit accurate information regarding their sources of financial support using the International Student Declaration of Finances.

Commonly international students have a sponsor such as a relative or spouse who will complete this form for them and be responsible for ensuring payment for the student’s tuition, fees, and living expenses is available.

All documents must be in English or accompanied with an official English translation.

» Download the Declaration of Finance document here.

Why do I need to submit the Declaration of Finances?

U.S. immigration policies require that, in order to qualify for a student visa, an international student must have the financial resources available to pay for tuition and fees as well as living expenses for the duration of the program. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, nor are they eligible for working within the U.S. during the duration of the program. Therefore, these financial resources must be documented and verified by a bank or financial institution.

The International Student Declaration of Finances form confirms that the student has the financial means to pay for the tuition, fees, and living expenses associated with enrolling in the MBA in Sustainable Business program at PGS.

Understanding the total costs associated with the MBA program

International students are responsible for the entire cost of the MBA program, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses while residing in the Seattle area, as well as travel and transportation costs. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for most up to date costs. International students are eligible for scholarships.

Understanding the living expenses estimate

Living expenses are based on an estimate for what students will need for room and board and other associated costs while attending school in the U.S. This is just an estimate and the student should consider how much money they will need to live in the Seattle area while attending the program.

Other Considerations

The declaration of finances form does not include costs for travel to and from the the U.S. for the program, and it is advised that the student consider these costs during the application process.

Total Estimated Costs

An additional consideration is that the MBA in Sustainable Business program is estimated to be a 24-month program in duration. Therefore, ultimately international students must have the finances for the entire duration of the program. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for most up to date costs.

Where do I submit a completed Declaration of Finances form?

Submit the completed form, with all original documentation and any additional letters or documentation via email to: or by mail to:

Office of Admissions
Presidio Graduate School
1202 Ralston Avenue, Suite 300
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

Metro MBA classes will be held at:
220 2nd Avenue South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Please contact the Admissions Office at with further questions.

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