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International Criteria

International applicants to the Broad MBA program must meet particular conditions for:

Academic transcripts

We require students to have completed a four-year undergraduate degree. We do not accept three-year international bachelor’s degrees; you must have a four-year bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. We consider graduate-level work but do not allow transfers from other MBA programs or candidates who already have an MBA or an MBA equivalent from another institution.

Please arrange for ONE official/certified university or professional school record of subjects and mark sheet, transcript, diploma, and/or certificate to be sent to Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business from the principal or registrar of each school you have attended or by the Ministry of Education in your country in a sealed envelope.

The names of all certificates, diplomas, and degrees earned and dates received should be noted. Photocopies or notarized copies are not acceptable. Official translations must be furnished when originals are not in English. You must provide transcripts.

Note: The Full-Time MBA program will accept uploaded scanned copies of your academic records. If you are admitted to the Full-Time MBA program, we will then require all original documents to be sent to the program office.

Information for applicants from China:

The Office of Admissions recommends all applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

How the process works: After you send copies of your documents to the CDGDC along with payment. CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly. The CDGDC then sends via courier service directly to the U.S. university stamped copies of the verified documents along with a statement noting in English the degree and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The student pays approximately $40 for this service.

English proficiency requirements

Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is necessary for all students who wish to enroll in the Broad MBA program. Applicants without native fluency in English must fulfill proficiency requirements as part of their admissions process to Broad.

Broad requires applicants to provide either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) score. The admissions committee will consider a candidate’s highest total score (and the sections associated with the highest score total). For more information on the TOEFL, please visit www.toefl.org; for the IELTS, visit www.ielts.org; and for the PTE, visit www.pearsonpte.com.

Minimum acceptable scores:

  • 250 on computer version of the TOEFL exam
  • 100 on iBT (Internet-Based Test) TOEFL exam
  • 7 on IELTS exam
  • 70 on the PTE

Candidates with scores below these minimums might not be accepted into the program.

Test takers should use the Michigan State University institution code 1465 and 02 for the department code.

Note: MSU does not accept the Institutional TOEFL, a test taken at any site other than an official testing center and not scored by the TOEFL administration.

English proficiency waiver policy:

The English language proficiency requirement may be waived for students with one or more of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree that is earned 100 percent in the U.S., as long as the candidate’s old English language competency scores are included. The BA or BS program should be a regular four-year degree where the majority of the degree is earned in the United States, is not 100 percent online, and is not an “experiential” degree (where credits are given for life experiences)
  • A bachelor’s degree earned at MSU, the majority of credits earned while on campus and English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the candidate’s admission into the bachelor’s program
  • A master’s degree earned at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus. English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the candidate’s admission into the master’s program.
  • At least three years of U.S.-based, English-speaking full-time work experience.

In most cases, candidates who are citizens from the following countries may also request a waiver, so long as the language of instruction at the institution where the candidate received his or her bachelor’s degree was English.

Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Greenland, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Micronesia, Federal State of Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom- England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Applicants who have completed their schooling with the medium of instruction in English can ask for a waiver. To be eligible for this waiver, you must have completed your high school and college with English as a medium of instruction and have taken the GMAT or GRE standardized test and have completed a face-to-face interview with an MBA representative (interviews are offered only after you have applied to the program and are shortlisted).

How to request a waiver:

Applicants must request the waiver; it is not automatic. Submit a paragraph in your optional essay about your academic background, verifying the medium of instruction was English. Acceptable proof: copy of transcripts/diplomas that specify English as a medium of instruction or letter from the institution certifying that the medium of instruction was English.

You must also meet the requirements of the GMAT AWA scores equal to or greater than 4.0 on a scale of 0-6, and complete the Broad MBA interview requirements.

Note: Any international student who qualifies for a waiver and who will be a teaching assistant at MSU must still pass the SPEAK test. The Broad College of Business will not make any exceptions to the policy listed on this page.

International student forms

The following forms are NOT required at the time of application for admission. Many who apply for MBA find it convenient to submit these forms with their application. Please note that if you are admitted to the Broad MBA, you must submit both documents within 14 days of admission to obtain your student visa.


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