Information for International Applicants

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic


We recognize that the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to take the GRE or GMAT. Thus, we are making the GRE/GMAT requirement optional for Fall 2021 master's admissions.

If you are not submitting a GRE or GMAT score as part of your application materials, please submit an academic statement that includes a discussion of both your past experiences (work or academic) involving data analysis and the strength of your quantitative analytical skills.

For questions, please contact Melanie Zaremba at

  • Funding: Ensure your application arrives with the required application fee. Applications cannot be processed without the application fee.

  • We cannot waive the application fee required by Michigan State University. If your application arrives without the required application fee, we will not be able to process your application. In addition, the University requires that you provide proof of funding in the amount of $39,000 for yourself. If you plan to bring your spouse, you will need proof of an additional $5,000 (and $3,000 per child). The University is unable to provide an I-20 for students who cannot provide proof of funding.

  • TOEFL Score Requirements: Applications for international students are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until the following TOEFL score requirements are met:

    • Paper-based Test: 560 (with no sub-scores below 52)

    • Computer-based Test: 225 (with no sub-scores below 19)

    • Internet-based Test: 100 (with no sub-scores below 19 and no writing sub-score below 22)

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The ACR overall minimum score is 7

    • The Institution Code to have TOEFL scores reported to Michigan State University is 1465, and the Department Code is 87

  • For best results, please send transcripts via express mail waybill.

  • Applicants from China, please review information regarding using the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) during your application process.

    Review CDGDC Guidelines