TOEFL iBT Score 95 – Is it Enough for PhD?

Raghuram Sukumar TOEFL 28 Comments

Supriyo @ Minimum TOEFL iBT Score, says:

I appeared for TOEFL iBT on the 25th of July, and the exam was quite difficult than the practice materials available. I did really badly in the listening section.
In the writing section, I was expecting a good score, but I ended up getting only 24. My overall score is 95.
I want to pursue PhD studies in the USA or Canada. Any advice for me? Should I retake the test?


A TOEFL iBT score of 95 is definitely good enough to get admission in the U.S. for a PhD program. Most universities in America will have a minimum required TOEFL score of around 60 to 80.

So a score of 95 in TOEFL is enough to apply and get PhD admission. I’ve encountered many similar comments in this blog, such as:

  • I scored 85 in TOEFL, can you give me a list of U.S. universities that accept the score and give admission with aid?
  • Can I apply to study in graduate schools in the U.S. only with a TOEFL iBT Score of 78?

After minimum the TOEFL iBT score requirements are met, other factors like GRE score, academic percentage, and research experience will be taken into account by an admission committee.

Also, applying for a PhD program is not the same as applying for admission into a master’s program.

So in your case, it’s not required to retake the test. If you had a score of less than 60, then you can consider retaking TOEFL iBT exam. But not with a good score of 95.


  1. Hi, i want to do phd from US in Philosophy. I really need to know, with what score in GRE (imminent) in hand i can apply. if i get a score 0f 1000 or something, can i apply to philosophy phd program? i am indian, so not very good in english. having problem in verbal. and being a arts student problem in quant too. my powerprep score is 1030 q-670, v-360 in the first test. any answer to my question please

  2. Hi,I would like to know if i can get an admission for PhD in U.S with a TOEFL score of 78.Will i have to re-write the exam?

  3. hi

    I am looking to pursue MS in US….…

    ohh my profile…

    i have done B-tech ( Information technology) with 72%

    Research papers- 2 International Research papers

    Conferences – 2 National Conferences + 1 International Seminar + 2 Seminars

    Community Service – 2 Years +

    Cultural Activities – College Cultural head(Last 3 years) + many Certificates both Cultural and Technical

    Work Ex(Part time) – 2 Years with an event management firm + Survey Work for an MNC

    i am looking for MS in Space technology / Information technology.

    i Expect my GRE score Between 1100-1250 and TOEFL Score bet 90-110

    My dream universities are UC Barkeley and Carnegie mellon

    Could u suggest me any piece of advice

  4. I’ll start preparation for TOEFL-ibt. Please suggest a standard book except Barron’s which have CDs to prepare better.

    1. Hi,i want to do phd in US or England in genetic otherwise in space,nw m doing m. Tech integrated 5yr. My dream is to do phd nd hw to preapare for TOEFL ND GRE exam i dnt knw hw to preapare for these exam? Plzz give ur comment….

  5. Nw m in 2nd yr inegrated, Hw to preapare for GRE ND TOEFL? Should u tell me does any need of these exam for doing phd in England?

  6. hello sir,

    Am sowmya, i took TOEFL ibt test a week ago, and my score is 94. And am looking out for an aid to pursue my masters in US. Am yet to give my GRE nxt month. Is tis toefl score adequate to grant me an aid?? or shud i retake d test??? plz suggest me wat best i can do ..!!!!

  7. hi..sir..i have got score 104 in toefl and my problem is i din't take gre test ,is toefl score is enough to get the US visa for MS ..and interviewing person what they going to ask questions.please give me the feed back..

  8. I scored 45 in TOEFL iBT,can you give me list of universities that accept the score for admission in phd programme with aid

  9. my toefl score is 74.i have 1160 (510 verb and 610 in math)
    in gre. I have first division in B.Sc.and M.Sc.My major is
    Chemistry.Can I enroll in Ms or phd programe in U.S

  10. I have taken my first TOEFL test in 3 DEC, 2010. I got 76 (R-17, L-15, S-23, W21) out of 120. But the university refused to give admission having the score of 76, they want 80 for doctor of psychology programme..I am going to rewrite my exam..Any suggestions ??

  11. Dear Sir,

    i've got iBT score of 92, i have first division in BS in Medicine. is the score enough for me to study Master or PhD in USA or Canada? can u give me a list of universities which accept above score and if possible with financial aid. Thanks

  12. i have scored 71 in toefl ibt i want to apply for graduate program in computer sciencecan you please provide me the university names which accept this score in f usa. thank you and waiting for reply

    please mail me as soon as possible.

  13. I have scored 72 in my toefl ibt , I want to know if it's good enough for british universities , can you please provide me any information about this situation.
    Waiting for your reply , I thank you 🙂

  14. I had scored 95 in TOEFL with 22+ in all sections..

    DO i need to retake it for chances of TA in US universities?? for MSEE

    1. Hi prashant…i too got the same score 95 in toefl ..i think this score is gladly accepted at most universities in us

      1. hmm…ya i know i very well satisfy the criterion stated by almost every american University but the thing is i had heard with good TOEFL the chances of initial TA/RA are much better.

        Moreover, i had reject from NCSU EE for Spring 12. As per seniors on edulix, it could be because of Spring factor or TOEFL since it should have been quite safe because of my acads.

        GRE:1350(V570+Q780+3.5) TOEFL:25(S,W:26 , L:25,R:22)

        UG %:86

        Decent SOP and LOR in support of my SOP

  15. Respected sir/madam,
    I am planning to do masters in usa,I have recently completed my in india.I just want to know is it possible to do masters based on toefl,is it compulsary to write gre also or only toefl is enough please suggest me.

  16. I have got 311 in gre and 93 in toefl….I wanna do ms in finance from new York. In which top colleges can I apply?

  17. I have also got a TOEFL score of 95(R-17,L-25,S-26,W-27),Can I Get a good University for Masters in Electrical Engineering in Netherlands,Germany or Switzerland ? Plzz help me out

  18. Hi,
    For an application for a PhD program, within the same ETS code for a school, how does one differentiate an MBA program from a PhD program. I can find divisions like “Graduate Schools” & “Graduate School of Management”. Which one is for PhD?

  19. Hi ! my toefl score is 78 and I have research experiences with the best groups around world at my area, biomedical engineering. Also I have goverment scholarship covers university tuition, insurance and some part of living expenses. Do I need to increase my TOEFL score, or it is ok to have PhD acceptance from USA universities ?

    1. Author

      TOEFL score of 78 is on the low side. For PhD schools may need higher core.
      But, check with admission requirements before retaking the test.

  20. Hi,
    My acads Is 70% with no backlog
    My toefl score is 72
    GRE expecting between 290-295
    Can u suggest me universities for Ms in cs
    (* no condition admit -looking for direct admit)
    Looking for reply 🙂

  21. hi im from iran i wana apply for phd im studying chemistry. my GPA is 66 and toefl 85. can i be accepted

  22. Hi, I have completed my MTech in energy system engineering, BE in mechanical engineering. I want to pursue PhD in solar engineering. My Toefl marks are 94. Can u suggest me good universities who offer 100% scholarships for Phd.

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