Information for International Students

  • How many international students does the department admit each year?

We do not have an established number of international students that we will admit each year. About 25-30 percent of our graduate students are international students.

  • Does the department conduct phone interviews with international students?

Phone interviews are usually conducted with students who the admissions committee is considering offering admittance. The admissions committee performs these interviews, and we will contact you directly via email if they wish to speak with you once you have applied.

  • Do I need to submit any bank or financial statements into my MSU application?

You do not need to submit any financial statements onto your application. Should you be offered admittance and accept our offer, you will be fully supported. Therefore, we do not need any documentation of your bank statements uploaded into your application

  • My GRE/TOEFL/IELTS scores will not be available until after December 1st, what do I do?

Your file will not be reviewed until scores are available for the admissions committee to view within your graduate application, so please plan accordingly.

Once you receive your email from ETS with your scoring information, please upload that document into your graduate application and enter those scores directly into your graduate application as well.

  • Are the TOEFL/IELTS required? How recent must my score be? Does the department grant TOEFL/IELTS waivers?

All international students who received their Bachelor’s degree from a NON-U.S. institute MUST submit either a TOEFL or IELTS scores.

TOEFL/IELTS scores are required by the University and scores older than 2 years will not be accepted per University guidelines

Not providing TOEFL/IELTS scores will delay your application being reviewed by the search committee:

TOEFL Waivers: Applicants will ONLY receive an automatic TOEFL/English Language Exam score waiver if they earned a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S.

To find out more information regarding TOEFL/IELTS score requirements and waiver information please click here:

  • Do I need to take the GRE advanced subject test in chemistry?

We strongly recommend that International students take the subject GRE test in chemistry. Although we realize that it is not possible to take the test in a small number of countries, and thus it is not an absolute requirement, the admissions committee pays particular attention to the score for making their decision. Therefore it is to your great advantage to have taken the GRE subject test.

  • What is SEP?

Incoming international students are required to attend the Summer English Program (SEP). The Summer English Program (SEP) is a department-based program of intensive English language study and teaching practice for new graduate assistants who plan to be TAs before they begin their fall studies. The program beings mid-July through late August and participants meet daily with ESL teachers and qualified undergraduate tutors to undergo rigorous language exercises in English language and in language training specific to their disciplines. In order for students to become a TA for Fall semester, they must meet the requirement of recieiving a score of 50 or higher on SPEAK.