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 cannot 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.


Sending Transcripts

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


Information on Chinese Graduate Applications

During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the MSU Department to which they are applying.  MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本 科学位证书). All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC. For those Master degree granted student, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC.

The process is straightforward. Students in China send copies of their documents to the CDGDC along with payment. CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested - students will need to send a transcript used for application AND again for the DEGREE-GRANTING transcript.) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly. CDGDC then sends via courier service directly to the U.S. university stamped copies of the verified documents along with a statement noting in English what the degree is and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The student pays approximately $40 dollars for this service. Please refer to China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centerís website:

CDGDC operates underneath the Ministry of Education for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of transcripts and degrees granted at the post-secondary level. They do this not only for overseas universities, but for employers and organizations within China as well. WES, ECE, AACRAO, and Educational Perspectives require students using their credential services to order a CDGDC verification. NAFSA and the American Embassy in Beijing have also endorsed CDGDC. MSU has required this credential for transfer applicants since fall 2012 and has had no difficulty with students obtaining this verification.

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