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Discover the programs we offer, and the admission requirements for learning at Nexford

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Applying is simple, really!

We make things simple so you can focus on what's important: your goals. Our application and admissions process is simple and can be completed 100% online. In exceptional circumstances, if you’re missing any documents you’ll have the chance to send them later. You can find advice and guidance on applying to Nexford in our step-by-step guide.

Remember, while our application process is simple, our programs are rigorous. You’ll be challenged to think critically and you’ll need the commitment to succeed in our programs. Our team is here to help: so if you have any questions, please email help@nexford.org

Our undergraduate and graduate admission requirements are detailed below.

Admission requirements

Let’s start as we mean to go on: clear and simple. Here’s the information you need to start your application. There are general requirements which you’ll need to meet for all of our programs. On top of that, each of our programs has specific requirements.

Intermediate certificates (undergraduate level)

Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Proof of graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Undergraduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)57
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)61
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test44
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test95
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2


Advanced certificates (graduate level)

Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Transcript

We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

We may ask you to certify that your undergraduate degree meets the university’s qualification standard and refer you to an external agency to evaluate your credit.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University graduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Graduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)60
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)71
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test100
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2



Intermediate certificates (undergraduate level)

Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Proof of graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Undergraduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)57
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)61
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test44
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test95
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2


Advanced certificates (graduate level)

Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Transcript

We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

We may ask you to certify that your undergraduate degree meets the university’s qualification standard and refer you to an external agency to evaluate your credit.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University graduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Graduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)60
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)71
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test100
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2



Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Transcript

We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

We may ask you to certify that your undergraduate degree meets the university’s qualification standard and refer you to an external agency to evaluate your credit.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University graduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Graduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)60
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)71
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test100
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2



Proof of identity

A photo or scan of a government-issued form of identification and a passport-style photo or selfie.


Proof of graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Undergraduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)57
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)61
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test44
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
Duolingo English Test95
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2


Application process

Apply

Apply any time you want by completing our online application. Upload the documents you have, and in exceptional circumstances, if you’re missing any you’ll have the chance to upload them later.

Apply by December 28 to start learning on , and join our community of learners from 85+ countries.

Our admissions team will evaluate transcripts and diplomas from anywhere in the world. If your documents are not in English, we’ll take care of their translation at no additional cost to you.

Having difficulties with your application? We've put together a guide to help you.

Wait for an admissions decision

You’ll have an admissions decision within seven days. If you’re accepted, the next step is enrollment. Our courses start on the first of every month.

Enroll

Once you’re accepted, you’ll have 30 days to complete your enrollment and make your first tuition payment. You can do everything online, including paying in your local currency if you prefer.

Complete orientation

Once you’ve enrolled your first step is joining NXU Orientation. Orientation is designed to set you up for success at Nexford, and you will:

  • Receive your NXU University Kit
  • Meet your success advisor online. Your advisor will personally guide you through everything you need to know
  • Learn about Nexford's 100% online learning environment, where you'll take courses and a whole lot more!
  • Discover your different academic path options — including elective courses you can choose from if you’re taking a Bachelor of Business Administration or MBA program
  • Find out about all the support you have access to: including faculty office hours, a writing coach, and the NXU library!

A human voice: our success is your success

Choosing the right program at the right time is a big decision. We’re here to help you make the right choice.
Any time you need advice or answers, contact our Admissions Team.

FAQ

Got a specific question? Check out our most popular FAQ.

Yes! We know that graduation is a time to celebrate your success with your friends, family and loved ones. Nexford will run local (in certain countries) and global graduation ceremonies, and plans to host a US graduation in the future too.

Readying you for the workforce is core to our mission at Nexford. We want to help you go from building profitable relationships to shaking hands as soon as possible. We have a course specifically focused on shaping your professional brand. It’s built into our AAS in Business degree and BBA degree programs. If you take either of these programs you’ll be directed to our course BUS 2250 Business Career Branding for Success. As well as providing you with essential interviewing skills and CV structuring tips, it’ll teach you how to introduce your professional brand to the workforce and stand out amongst the competition.

Affordability is in our mission: we want you to access high-quality, online education, no matter where you live in the world.

We are a mission-driven organization and a Public Benefit Organization (PBC). That means we're for-profit, but we prioritize public benefit every time.

We've made tuition affordable, so you won't need federal financial aid in the first place! Calculate what you'll pay at our tuition page. We can help you source local financial support. Email help@nexford.org to find out more.

You might be eligible for a scholarship. See our current scholarships here.

Learn how to build a case for financing your studies.

Yes, we do! We want as many learners as possible to access university. That's why we offer scholarships for the brightest, and most innovative and driven people.

Scholarships help learners who are ready to attend university, but who don't have the financial means. Interested? See available scholarships.

Yes, there is! Before your first month, you'll have a whole week where you can log in to the online platform at no extra cost, explore where you'll take courses, and connect with your success advisor and faculty.

Orientation is designed to make you feel confident and comfortable before your first course.

We'll send you an email with more information about a week before you're set to start. Get ready!

Each course contains six modules that build on each other. You'll complete them in order, and show you've mastered the content.

When you enroll in a course, you'll be able to see all six modules in your dashboard right away, so you can start planning ahead.

Every module teaches business skills you'll use. Practice your skills as you go with practical assignments. Then, at the end of the whole course, tie your learning together with a final assessment.

The feedback you receive will be valuable for upcoming modules and courses to build on your knowledge as you go.

You have almost completed your application! Before you sign and submit the required documentation, the below statements will help you understand the next steps of your admission to Nexford University (NXU).

Under Accepted Evaluation Pending (AEP) status, you acknowledge that your application for full admission to Nexford University (NXU) is not complete, and that you will be automatically placed under provisional admission status. Specifically, you have not submitted one or more of the following documents for review by NXU Admissions:

  • A scan or photo of your government-issued identification and a passport-style photo or “selfie.”
  • Official transcripts showing completion of high school diploma or GED (General Educational Development or equivalent certificate (e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc))
  • Official transcript(s) from school(s) attended previously (other university, college, etc.)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (one of the following):
    • Certificate of English proficiency recognized by NXU that was issued within the past 2 years, affirming that you earned at least the minimum qualifying score (see the Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section University Catalog)

Please keep in mind that any incorrect or unreadable documents submitted will also place you under the provisionally admitted status. The AEP status, i.e., provisional admission, will remain until all remaining required documentation is submitted correctly and accurately.

While on AEP status, you are entitled to enroll in one (1) NXU course in the degree program of your choosing, subject to the following restrictions:

  • The course must be in a degree program (AAS, Bachelor of Business Administration, or MBA) for which you are qualified (as provisionally established by the partial application submitted and any supporting documentation provided by the deadline noted below). If the information provided is determined to be inaccurate or misleading while you are under AEP status, the University reserves the right to unenroll you from the course and place you in a different course, or to nullify your application
  • Before the start of the course, you must complete NXU’s Orientation for new learners with a passing grade, else you will need to retake NXU Orientation the following month, and accordingly delay the start of your program until the first of the month after Orientation

In order to apply your completed course towards your intended degree program, you must:

  • Submit all remaining application materials to NXU within 60 days of your temporary enrollment to NXU; and
  • Meet the University’s minimum academic requirements for successfully completing the course

If you do not submit all your remaining application materials to NXU by the day-60 deadline, then:

  • You will be administratively dismissed
  • You will not receive academic credit for any completed course(s) and will instead be eligible for a non-degree certificate of completion. This certificate can be evaluated for possible credit if you are accepted into an NXU program in the future
  • In the case of missing evidence of English language proficiency, Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the University in certifying their English proficiency status
  • You will have to reapply through the Office of Admissions along with submitting missing application materials at the time of readmission to Nexford University, after which you may resume your studies on the first day of the next month


According to the University records retention policy, all outcomes based on the supporting materials provided remain in learners’ records. Any documents received by Nexford University will not be returned to the applicant/learner and cannot be reissued to the applicant/learner or another institution.

Please note that you will be responsible for any costs associated with the submission of your completed application for review by NXU Admissions, and for the monthly tuition fees associated with your first-course enrollment as an AEP learner.

As an AEP learner, enrolled in a course, you will be subject to the same academic policies applicable to all NXU degree learners, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Courses run for 54 days
  • Each course is divided into 6 modules and a final project, each with specific deadlines
  • Learners are required to engage in their course by day 10, else they will be dismissed from the course
  • Learners may receive module deadline extensions under certain restrictions
  • Learners may resubmit module assignments under certain restrictions
  • Learners may not resubmit a course final project
  • Learners may request an Incomplete in a course under certain restrictions – subject to review/approval by your professor – which, if granted, extends the course’s closing date to day 70
  • Learners may withdraw from a course until day 38 of the term

(Additional details pertaining to these and other pertinent academic policies are discussed in NXU’s Orientation)

For more information about Nexford’s Accepted Evaluation Pending (AEP) status, please contact help@nexford.org.

By accepting these Terms and Conditions of application, I confirm that I am physically able to operate a computer for a prolonged period of time (more than an hour), as required to succeed with course completion at Nexford University.

Nexford graduates are just as qualified as any traditional university degree holder, and they’re also likely to have more relevant competencies. The kind that modern employers urgently require. Our academic programs are designed based on industry and employment needs. We align with real employers to equip you with the skills to thrive in today’s workplace.

If you’ll like to get your Nexford degree authenticated, please request an ‘official true copy of the credentials’ you’d like to have authenticated from registrar@nexford.org. Once you receive the copy, follow the process outlined here by the US State Department to get them authenticated for use in your home country.

Nexford can also handle the authentication process on your behalf for a non-refundable processing fee of US$100. For this service, please contact us at registrar@nexford.org

In some cases, you may also need to get your credentials authenticated by your country’s embassy in Washington, DC. To find out, you will have to check with your country’s embassy in Washington, DC.

Once you receive our authenticated documents, Nexford is unable to help with any further authentication in your home country. You’ll need to handle any local processes on your own.

If you need assistance, please contact the Nexford registrar at registrar@nexford.org

Starting August 1, 2022, Nexford University will begin reviewing requests from learners for transfer credit. In order for transfer credit to be awarded, an official transcript from awarding institution must be submitted for review.  Learners may review the transfer credit policy in the University catalog.

Want to transfer your Nexford credits elsewhere? Each university has it's own credit transfer policy, so we recommend you contact them directly as it is the decision of the receiving school if transfer credits are approved.

Short answer – no. You’ll need to meet all the requirements of your “Incompletes” and have your final grades issued before enrolling in any new courses. There is one exemption to this rule. If you’ve already pre-enrolled for new courses during the month prior, then we’ll let you make a start on these while you finish off your Incompletes. It’s worth noting; our course start dates always fall on the first of the month.

You can, but not right away. All Nexford learners start out by taking one course at a time. We want to make sure you get a feel for the structure and workload of studying at the university and make your transition to online learning a smooth one. In certain programs, the first few courses are completed one at a time. Once you’ve demonstrated that your grades are up to scratch, you’ll be permitted to take on a heavier course load if you wish. We strongly recommend you speak to your Nexford Success Advisor before enrolling in multiple courses.

When you apply, you'll pay a one-off fee of $20, which allows us to process your application.

You can't check – but you'll get an answer within seven business days. How's that for fast!

Online institutions vary in quality, so you're right to ask the question. Nexford is trustworthy and legitimate because it has been reviewed by and granted a license to operate as an institution of higher education by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission. We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges, which is an international accreditation. If you're a learner in the US, you wouldn't be granted federal aid at Nexford. It’s worth adding that our pricing model is designed to eliminate the need for federal financial aid in the first place!

Nexford's learning experience is unlike any other. Think engaging, interactive online learning that helps you gain the skills you need – fast.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. It's where you'll take courses, chat with peers and faculty, submit assignments, receive feedback, and track your grades. It's also where you'll manage your enrollment, add courses, and pay your tuition.

The first thing you'll see when you log in is your dashboard: all the courses you're enrolled in, and easy links for everything else. Click around and explore: it's interactive so you can get the best results.

Overwhelmed? Don't be! You'll get a full tour of the learning environment during orientation week. You're in safe hands with us.