International application checklist

Admission to Michigan State University is competitive. Interested students should submit Michigan State University’s online application for admission. Documents submitted to MSU as part of the application process will NOT be returned.

Application submission instructions

  • Submit one application for admission
  • Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee (drawn on U.S. funds) using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or an electronic check.
  • Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University through an electronic delivery service such as Parchment/Docufide, Naviance, or E Scrip-Safe or in an official, sealed envelope addressed to the Office of Admissions. In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, an official English translation of each document must be provided.
  • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted) provide proof of English proficiency directly to MSU if your first language is not English. MSU's TOEFL code is 1465. International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores. The SAT code is 1465; the ACT code is 2032.
  • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays. Doing so will delay processing of your application.

Important: Applicants must certify that all documents submitted as part of the application for admission are authentic. Any falsification of academic records through omission or misstatement may result in cancellation of admission and/or other disciplinary action by Michigan State University. Each student is responsible for all information contained in the student’s application for admission even if a consultant is employed in the application process.

Additional requirements for international transfer students

Students who have studied at any college or university after high school graduation MUST apply as a transfer student to Michigan State University. In addition to the application instructions above, all transfer students must meet the university's transfer admission criteria to be considered for admission to Michigan State. Transfer students selecting a limited enrollment major may have additional requirements. International transfer applicants should also submit:

  • A list of college or university courses in progress
  • Descriptions and syllabi for any university course work completed outside of the United States
  • Self-reported academic record with all courses and grades for all postsecondary course work completed in the United States
  • Original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates from all secondary schools and colleges attended outside of the United States in an official, sealed envelope. In addition, where the original documents are not issued in English, also provide an official English translation of each document. When applying for fall semester please provide academic records with marks through the fall semester prior to the term of application.
  • Explanation of activities since secondary school graduation if more than one semester has elapsed since graduation
  • Official high school transcripts if fewer than 28 semester credit hours of postsecondary study (approximately one academic year) has been completed

Transfer applicants from Chinese universities:

Michigan State University appreciates your patience while we revise our policy concerning the verification of transcripts and degrees from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

All admitted MSU graduate students who completed postsecondary undergraduate degree programs in mainland China must contact the CDGDC and request an electronic degree verification report.

MSU needs to receive your CDGDC verification no later than Friday, December 14, 2018. Failure to comply with this policy could compromise your enrollment at MSU.

To send your electronic degree verification report to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Send an email to the Office of Admissions with your verification report application number OR
  2. Request that the CDGDC email the report or report application number directly to the Office of Admissions

Information regarding student visa

In order to obtain the documents needed to file for a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019), admitted students must show adequate proof of financial support. Upon acceptance, admitted students will be required to upload a signed affidavit of support and bank statement with the name of the account holder in English through your admissions account. Please do not send financial documents in paper form at the time of application.