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Intensive English Program Admission

MSU Admission

English Language Institute students enjoy the benefit of alternate admission routes into the undergraduate or graduate programs at Mississippi State University, including TOEFL waiver possibilities.

Admission into MSU’s English Language Institute does not guarantee admission to a Mississippi State University degree program. Prospective students should contact the appropriate offices, either the Office of the Graduate School or the Office of Admission & Scholarships for undergraduate students. University and department requirements apply.

Students wishing to be considered for admission to the university should apply to MSU for admission, not to the English Language Institute.

MSU Undergraduate Admissions

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Mississippi State University welcomes international students to its undergraduate degree programs. International students who successfully complete level 8 of the English Language Institute program will be considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency and will not be required to take the TOEFL or any other language proficiency test for admission to MSU.

For undergraduate admissions requirements, visit MSU's International Admissions & Services page.

MSU Graduate Admissions

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ELI "Certificate of Completion" Option

Graduate students may be considered for admission with a TOEFL score of at least 475 for paper-based tests or 153 for computer-based tests and a "Certificate of Completion" from the English Language Institute.

Students who successfully complete all required ESL courses will be considered to have attained the necessary English proficiency for continued graduate study and therefore are EXEMPT from further TOEFL testing for MSU.

English Requirements

International graduate students must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The university minimum is 550 for paper-based tests or 213 for computer-based tests, but many departments have established higher requirements for their own students. For more information, please contact the individual departments or the Office of the Graduate School.

Graduate students may be considered for admission with a TOEFL score of at least 475 for paper-based tests or 153 for computer-based tests. Students admitted with a TOEFL score between 475 and 550 will be granted admission and required to enroll in MSU's ESL credit courses.

For a full listing of graduate school admission requirements, please see the Graduate School website.