International Graduate Admission & Application Requirements

  • MSUM welcomes international students to apply to our graduate programs by completing the online Graduate application. In addition to the online application, you must complete the program specific requirements. International graduate students must complete a few additional requirements found below.

    Due to the nature of certain programs (online delivery or credit length), we cannot admit international students to certain programs. The programs that are available for international applicants are listed below. Please check each program for additional specific admission and application requirements.

  • All graduate international students must submit the following information to be considered for admission. Make sure you also provide your program specific application information and requirements.

    Please note: Submissions of fraudulent documents will cause severe penalties resulting in an investigation from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Your SEVIS (Immigration Record) will be terminated immediately.

    1. International Application for Admission to Graduate Study form.
    2. Application fee of U.S. $35.00 for all graduate applications.
    3. Comprehensive course-by-course transcript evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) for transcripts from all post-secondary colleges and universities outside of the United States. [ or] Do not send these transcripts directly to MSUM. ECE or WES evaluation must certify international degree as equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited American institution.
    4. GPA requirement (at least 3.0 cumulative on 4.0 scale)
    5. For those whose native language is not English, an official score from either the TOEFL (6678 MSUM school code) or the IELTS (Give them MSUM information). The TOEFL required score is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 78-80 (internet-based). A band score of 6.5 is required on the IELTS.
    6. Completed Sponsor Form listing the availability of adequate monetary support for the duration of graduate study and an official bank statement. The current requirement is at least U.S. $18,000.00 per year in U.S. funds. The estimated cost of attending MSUM as a graduate student is $18,000 USD for a school year. Verification of additional funds is necessary if you are bringing a spouse or other family members as follows: $4,000 for the first dependent (or spouse) and $2,100 for each additional dependent.
    7. Completed, signed International Student Agreement form.
    8. International Student Transfer Form (if appropriate).
    9. International students must purchase the University health insurance. No exceptions will be made.

    All international graduate students must purchase the University health insurance. No exceptions will be made.

    All international students receive an automatic scholarship granting them in-state tuition rates upon admission to Minnesota State University Moorhead. If you are a new international student to MSUM, you do not have to apply for the scholarship. Once you are admitted, the scholarship will be applied to your account automatically.

    Graduate Students must follow the following scholarship criteria:

    • Attend the mandatory international student orientation (all assigned days) during your first semester at MSUM.
    • Successful completion of minimum of eight (8) graduate credits per semester UNLESS you have approval to drop below 8 credits.
    • Standard academic progress. For Graduate students, this is defined as maintaining a 3.0 Cumulative GPA and a 67% course completion rate.
    • Complete your graduate degree in 2.5 years.
    • Complete 10 hours of volunteer hours per semester.
      • A minimum of three (3) hours must be completed at MSU Moorhead on-campus or off-campus event(s).
      • The volunteer hours must be completed/earned during Fall or Spring Semesters when classes are in session and not at any other times unless permission is granted by the Office of International Student Services.
      • The form must be completed correctly and only professional staff and graduate assistants can sign as supervisors not student workers or friends from MSUM, NDSU or Concordia College or other campuses.
      • Submit volunteer hour form on or before the deadline, which is Commencement Day of each semester.

    In-State Scholarship Guidelines

    During the student's first semester, all international students will automatically receive the in-state tuition scholarship. If the student wishes to receive the in-state scholarship beyond the first semester, students must maintain above criteria. For more information on how to do volunteer work please visit the Volunteer Information Page. All students MUST comply with all the rules and regulations for the in-state scholarship criteria.