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F1 Visa Requirements For MBA & Master’s Students

Find out how to apply for an F-1 visa, how must it costs, and get top visa application tips in our guide to F-1 visa requirements for MBA and master’s students

By  Cara Skikne

Mon Aug 10 2020



Proposed F-1 visa changes which would have prevented many international MBA and master’s students from studying in the United States—and blocked their access to more than half of the world’s top-ranked business schools—have been revoked.

That means the F-1 student visa is still on the table, and the door is still open for internationals looking to pursue MBA and master’s degrees at schools like Stanford, Harvard, and Wharton. 

Read on to find out more about applying for an F-1 visa or skip to your section of interest by clicking one of the links below.

F-1 visa FAQs 

Top visa application tips 

Before you apply: America’s visa uncertainty

F-1 Visa Requirements for MBA & Master’s Students

Who qualifies for an F-1 visa?

An F-1 visa allows the recipient to study for one year at certain types of US institutions, including colleges. You must be a full-time student during this time.

An F-1 visa only applies to the student in question—spouses and children, for example, will be required to apply for a different visa, the F-2. While the F-2 won’t allow your spouse to work, children will be permitted to attend school.