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English Proficiency Requirements

All international applicants are required to meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. This requirement can be met if:

  1. Your native language is English, or
  2. You have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution (or at an institution in a country where English is the native language) at the time you apply, and within two years from your desired admission term. This can be confirmed by your transcripts. NOTE** The College of Music and the Department of Economics require the TOEFL whether or not you have previously studied at a U.S. institution and regardless of length of attendance.
  3. You take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and receive a score that is equal to or higher than your program’s requirements.  Some departments do not accept the IELTS, please check with your program. Official TOEFL and IELTS test scores are only valid for two years from the date of taking the test. Here is a summary of program requirements:
TOEFL or IELTS Not Required
Countries
Australia Ireland
Belize New Zealand
Botswana Nigeria
Canada (except Quebec) Scotland
Commonwealth Caribbean Singapore
Ghana South Africa
Great Britain Zimbabwe
India  

 

Minimum Scores Required

Graduate Programs

Paper-Based TOEFL

Internet Based TOEFL

IELTS

Accounting and Taxation Accounting 577 90 Not accepted

Aerospace engineering

560

83

6.5

Applied Math

600

100

Not accepted

Asian Languages & Civilizations (master's)

560 83 7.0

Asian Languages & Civilizations (doctoral)

620 105 7.5

Business (doctoral)

620

105

7.5

Chemical Engineering

600

100

7.0

Chemistry

600

100

7.0

Civil engineering

600

100

7.0

Communications (master's and doctoral)

550

75

6.5

Comparative Literature 550 75 6.5

Computer science

560

83

6.0

Dance

550

79

6.5

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

550

79

6.0

Economics

537

75*

Not accepted

Education

650

114

8.0

Electrical engineering

600

100

7.0

Engineering Management

607

102

7.5

Environmental Studies

600

100

7.0

Integrative Physiology

600

100

7.0

Journalism (master's)

600

100

7.0

Journalism (doctoral)

625

107

7.0

Law (JD & LLM)

600

100

7.0

Linguistics

550

79

6.5

Mathematics

560

83

6.5

MBA

600

100

7.0

Mechanical engineering (master's)

550

79

6.5

Mechanical engineering (doctoral)

600

100

7.5

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)

600

100

7.0

Museum and Field Studies

537

75

Not accepted

Music (doctoral)

577

90

Not accepted

Music (master's)

550

80

Not accepted

Music (prof. certificate programs)

537

75

Not accepted

Physics

575

89

Not accepted

Political Science

577

90

7.0

Spanish

550

80

6.5

Technology, Media and Society (ATLAS)

600

100

7.0

Telecommunications

600

100

7.0

Theater

550

79

6.5

All others

537

75

6.0

* 75 overall; 23 speaking for admission consideration; 24 speaking for funding consideration

  

*IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

If you need additional instruction in English, you may wish to enroll at the university's International English Center.