Please visit the Graduate School website here The Graduate School International Applicants Information for information regarding the following:

Financial Proof
Non-English Transcripts
Visa Information
US Degree Equivalency
Information on GRE Scores Information
English Language Competency

International graduate students must attend an orientation program which typically is held in August. The orientation program introduces students to Michigan State University, to the American university educational system, to principles of classroom teaching and policies of the university, and to local community resources available to all students, and to students from specific countries. In addition, all students will take a variety of tests designed to analyze their proficiency in the English language with respect to assignment to classroom teaching responsibilities.  You will receive information to register for the SPEAK test and orientation program following receipt of your official offer of admission.

Procedure to Request a Waiver for English Language Competency  Please visit the Graduate School's website here:

Admissions International Application Checklist

General Visa Resource:

Office for International Students and Scholars
Michigan State University
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 105
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-1720
Fax: 517-355-4657


Our department supports our students with research or teaching assistantships, so financial proof is not required when applying to our department. Any student admitted to our program receives guaranteed funding with a Graduate Assistantship for 5 years. So you do not need to provide any proof, if you are admitted I enter the amount of money the Graduate Assistantship provides into your application. 


Admission to a program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree requires completion of a level of education comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. High scholastic standing and suitable preparation for the intended field of study are also considered. Normally, Michigan State University does not accept three-year bachelor’s degrees, diplomas or certificates as comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.