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International Students

Michigan State University Welcomes International Students

One of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State University provides life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community as it works to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The university makes an impact locally and globally through research, engagement, innovation and education. International student enrollment is growing, with more than 6,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degrees from more 130 countries. MSU is ranked in the top 10 among U.S. institutions for international enrollment by the Institute of International Education. More than 30 percent of MSU’s international students have enrolled in the Eli Broad College of Business, which is more than any other college!

International applicants are defined by Michigan State as anyone that is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. These individuals may be required to submit additional materials – such as an English language proficiency test score – in addition to the basic application components required of all applicants. See below for details.

MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership - International Student Application Process and Proof of English Language Proficiency 


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International applications will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:

  • A completed application form with a one-time, nonrefundable $85 application fee, made payable in U.S. dollars.
  • Official transcripts or mark sheets, diplomas and or certificates sent directly to MSU from each institution attended. Photocopies are not acceptable. Records not issued in English must be submitted with a word-for-word English translation. Translations may be prepared either by an authorized translator in the home country, or by an ATA American Translation Agency (see www.atanet.org).
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see below) for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Current resume (in English) detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments, and pertinent biographical information.
  • Two letters of recommendation (written in English) from professional, work-related references, preferably supervisors. Letters that attest to your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment, are strongly recommended.
  • A statement of intent essay (written in English), no more than two pages, outlining your interest in the program, what you hope to achieve and how you plan to use your degree or certificate.

Applicants whose primary language is not English must prove English language proficiency by meeting minimum standards on any of the following tests taken within two years of applying:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Total score of 550 with no subscores below 52 (paper version), or a total score of 80 with no subscores below 19 (Internet version).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A score of at least 6.5 is required.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): A minimum overall score of 53 with no subscores below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 59.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): An average score of 83 or higher with no subscores below 80 is required.
  • Michigan State University English Language Test: An average score of 80 to 85 with no subscores below 80, or a minimum average score of 85 with no subscores below 78 is required.

MS in Supply Chain Management - International Student Application Process and Proof of English Language Proficiency


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International applications will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:

  • A completed application form with a one-time, nonrefundable $85 application fee, made payable in U.S. dollars.
  • Official transcripts or mark sheets, diplomas and or certificates sent directly to MSU from each institution attended. Photocopies are not acceptable. Records not issued in English must be submitted with a word-for-word English translation. Translations may be prepared either by an authorized translator in the home country, or by an ATA American Translation Agency (see www.atanet.org).
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see below) for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Current resume (in English) detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments, and pertinent biographical information.
  • During the application process, applicants from China must 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).  Check with the website of the graduate program office in which you were admitted, as some departments will REIMBURSE you for the cost of the verification once you register at MSU. 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.  Please refer to the CDGDC website for more information: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/
  • Three letters of recommendation (written in English) from professional, work-related references, preferably supervisors. Letters that attest to your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment, are strongly recommended.
  • Two personal statements (written in English):
    •  Professional/Academic Background - Please tell us about your background, both professional and academic, and how these experiences have prepared you for a graduate program in Supply Chain Management. (maximum 750 words or 2 pages)
    • Professional Goals - What are your professional goals in the Supply Chain Management field? How do you plan to achieve these goals and how does the MS in Supply Chain Management fit into this plan? (maximum 750 words or 2 pages

Applicants whose primary language is not English must prove English language proficiency by meeting minimum standards on any of the following tests taken within two years of applying:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Total score of 550 with no subscores below 52 (paper version), or a total score of 80 with no subscores below 19 (Internet version).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): A score of at least 6.5 is required.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): A minimum overall score of 53 with no subscores below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 59.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): An average score of 83 or higher with no subscores below 80 is required.
  • Michigan State University English Language Test: An average score of 80 to 85 with no subscores below 80, or a minimum average score of 85 with no subscores below 78 is required.