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International Students

  • What do I need to know about the TOEFL / IELTS test?

    English competency test scores are required, with minimum scores of 250 on the computer version of the TOEFL and 100 on the internet-based test, or a minimum of 7 on the IELTS. English competency test takers should use the Michigan State University code 1465.

    The English language proficiency test requirement may be waived for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States. For example, if you earned a bachelor’s degree at MSU, with the majority of credits earned while on campus, your English language competency scores are usable (even if old) for admission into the program. Additionally, students who attended international universities but had instruction solely in English are also eligible to waive the TOFEL/IELTS requirement. Find out more on our Admissions page.

  • As an international student, what resources do I have on campus?

    The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is dedicated to providing support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

  • I have a three-year undergraduate degree. Can I apply for the program directly, or do I need to complete another year of schooling first?

    The program requires that applicants complete a four-year undergraduate degree. A select number of exceptional students with a 3-year degree may be admitted, but will need to go through a waiver process at the university level for full admission to MSU (done by the program admissions office and MSU graduate school). Admission to the program for these 3-year applicants does NOT guarantee admission to MSU–the waiver process must be followed. 2022 will be the first year we allow students to go through this process.