Information for International Applicants


Please note: The GRE and GMAT requirement is currently optional. If you choose not to take the GRE or GMAT, you will need submit an Academic Statement instead. Learn more

Contact Melanie Zaremba at with questions or to schedule an advising appointment.

If you are applying to MSU as a future undergraduate student, please visit MSU Admissions at You will be prompted to send your transcripts through the MSU Admissions application packet.

  • Placement Outlook: International students face unique barriers when looking for internships and full-time roles in the United States. It is important for international students to approach their job and internship searches with realistic expectations. Many companies in the US are unable to hire international students for internships and full-time roles due to visa sponsorship complexities and legal requirements. Although some international students do find employment opportunities, they are limited for non-STEM fields (such as human resources and labor relations) with increased competition even for candidates with prior experience in the field.

    While the School of HRLR is committed to supporting international students in their career development, it is important to note that we cannot guarantee internship or full-time placement, especially in the US. Please be advised that international students will likely need to explore alternative recruitment pathways, such as seeking positions in their home countries.

  • Application Fee: 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