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 the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the 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 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 at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus (see AAU Member Instituations and Years of Admission). Helpful if English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the student’s admission into the master’s program

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

We must receive official scores through ETS (for TOEFL exams) and hardcopies of official scores must be mailed directly to the Chemistry department from the testing agency (for IELTS exams); for students who receive an offer of admittance.