TOEFL AND IELTS Requirements

English proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate institution instruction was not in English, MUST provide official scores from  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  Please review the listed link to see what the MSU graduate school accepts for TOEFL and IELTS scores: English Language Proficieny Information. We encourage all applicants to still apply no matter what their TOEFL/IELTS score is.

Automatic waivers by the Office of Admissions for TOEFL/IELTS are received ONLY when:

  • Bachelor’s degree earned in the U.S. (or other English-speaking country). If a copy of the (old) English language competency scores is available, please send to Admissions. The BA or BS program should be a regular 4-year degree the majority of credits earned in the U.S.(or other English-speaking country), not 100% online, not an “experiential” degree that is based on credit for life experiences and/or not earned at a branch campus in a non-English-speaking country.
  • Bachelor’s degree earned at MSU, the majority of credits earned while on our campus.
  • Master’s degree earned ONLY from a listed AAU institution on a U.S. campus (see AAU Member Instituations and Years of Admission).

However; The Graduate School of MSU, may still require that you submit TOEFL scores for graduate school purposes no matter where your degree was obtained.

Citizens from the following countries are usually not required to take the TOEFL. The language of instruction at the undergraduate institution must be English. MSU will notify you if you are from one of these countries but will be required to take the TOEFL.

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Caribbean
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent
  • Trinidad
  • Tobago
  • Turks & Calcos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Virgin Islands

For student who receive an offer of admittance, we must receive official TOEFL scores through ETS and/or hardcopies of official IELTS scores must be mailed directly to the Chemistry department from the testing agency.