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International Admission Requirements

In addition to the completed on-line application and $60 non-refundable application fee, please submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts from all recognized college. Mississippi State requires all school credentials from non-U.S. institutions to go must be submitted through a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services member (NACES member agency, http://www.naces.org/members.htm) for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. 
  2. OPTION A: One year of successful study in a foreign university and appropriate English Language Proficiency test scores.

    OPTION B: Meet freshman requirements and hold a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all college courses attempted, as evaluated by Mississippi State University. Appropriate English Language Proficiency test score is required.

    OPTION C: Thirty (30) hours of transferable credit from a regionally accredited U.S. college, with a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, as evaluated by Mississippi State University, including all of the following credits:

    NOTE: Students who meet option C requirements will be considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency.

    • 6 semester hours of English composition;
    • 3 semester hours of college algebra (or a higher mathematics);
    • 6 semester hours of natural science;
    • 9 semester hours of humanities and fine arts; and
    • 6 semester hours of social or behavioral sciences.
  3. English Proficiency Requirement:

    All undergraduate international students must submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score. The university minimum requirement is 525 for paper based tests, 71 IBT or 6.0 IELTS. However, many departments have established higher requirements for their own students. TOEFL and IELTS scores must be no older than two years and must be verifiable. Completion of intensive English training at a U.S. college does not waive the TOEFL requirement. 

    No credit will be given for English Composition unless the foreign institution holds accreditation from one of the seven accrediting associations MSU recognizes.

    TOEFL/IELTS Requirements


Although applicants may meet general language requirements to the university, some departments have established higher English language proficiency requirements. Please view the Departmental English proficiency requirements for additional requirements.

A. Exemption from English Language Proficiency Requirement

Completion of intensive English training or English composition courses at a U.S. college may not waive the IELTS/TOEFL requirement. Only students who are citizens of Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominica, England, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Monteserrat, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Wales are automatically exempt from this requirement. Citizens of Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland are only exempt if English is listed as the first language on the Senior Certificate.

B. Admission with English Language Deficiency

International students who fail to demonstrate English language proficiency using one of the approved methods but meet all other requirements may be admitted, but will be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Students who successfully complete the English as a Second Language program will be considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency and allowed to register in academic courses offered through the colleges.