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Graduate Admissions for International Students

Application Deadlines

International students must follow procedures required for all prospective students. However, due to longer processing time involved in evaluating international transcripts, applicants are required to submit applications by the following deadlines, unless otherwise specified by your program of interest.

Fall Semester

  • International transfer students – June 30
  • Overseas Applicants – May 1

Spring Semester

  • International transfer students – Nov 15
  • Overseas Applicants – Oct 1

Application Requirements

Parts one and two of the application can be found by going to your graduate program of interest and then to the corresponding "Applying to the Program" page. International students also need to complete Part Three, which is described below.

Part Three

In addition to parts one and two of the graduate application packet, international student applicants must provide:

Proof of English Proficiency

Official TOEFL scores must be submitted; student copies are not acceptable. Metropolitan State University's school code for TOEFL is 6445. Select your program of interest from Majors and Programs page and then go to the corresponding "Application" section for score minimums.

Financial Statement

Applicants must be financially self-sufficient and able to provide proof of at least $29,960. To receive an I-20 and F-1 Visa, you must show that you have adequate funding to meet all the expenses that will be incurred in your proposed program of study. You must submit a current (not over 90 days) and certified copy of your financial statement from a registered bank or savings institution in U.S. dollars showing adequate financial resources for the period of intended enrollment. The I-20 will not be processed until we have received this information. This document must be included with your admissions application.

Do not send this information to any other office except the Admissions Office. For questions concerning the I-20 or your financial documents, contact the International Admissions Office at 651-793-1219. If support is coming from outside of the U.S., then submit a certified letter from the sponsor indicating that they will be responsible for all educational expenses and a bank statement showing availability of U.S. $29,960 plus the additional amount required for each dependent. For more information, see the International Student Admissions Application. Copies will not be accepted.

Immunization Requirements

Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A, 14) requires all students born after 1956 be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus (every 10 years), mumps and rubella. Minnesota high school students who graduated in 1997 or later are exempt from the immunization requirements. In addition, a student may be exempted for medical or conscientious reasons. Unless exempt, a student must provide immunization data at initial registration. For more information and to obtain an Immunization Form, contact the Admissions Office, visit the Immunization Requirements section to download the student immunization record form.

Additional Documents

  • Photocopy of passport (picture page, page with expiration date).
  • Photocopy, if available, of visa page and I-94, clearly indicating the port of entry. 
  • International home address and phone numbers. If you only have a P.O. Box, more information is needed, i.e. street name, house number or section of town or rural areas.  

Transfer Students

An international transfer student is a student coming from an accredited college/university overseas or within the U.S.

  • Transfer students must have a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in an American equivalent system. If your grade reports are not issued with a U.S. 4.0 grading system, the program office to which you are applying will evaluate your grade report or mark sheet to determine eligibility.

For students transferring from another U.S. institution, the following documents are also required:

  • A copy of the current I-20 or visa approval document.
  • A completed Transfer Verification Form (obtainable from the International Student Services Office).

Submit Part 3 to:

International Student Services Office
Metropolitan State University 
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55106-5000