Graduate Admissions

Language Admission Opportunities

Language Admission for International Applicants

A language admission provides an admission opportunity for international applicants who possess a strong academic record, but have obtained TOEFL or IELTS scores below SCSU's minimums. Language admission applicants will need to submit a GRE or GMAT score (if required by the program) at time of application. Applicants may be considered for a language admission with the following scores:

  • TOEFL Internet based: 61 to 78, rather than the required 79.
  • TOEFL Paper based: 540 to 549 rather than the required 550.
  • IELTS: 5.5 rather than the required 6.5.
  • Duolingo English Test: 95 to 104, rather than the required 105.
  • PTE: 53 to 56 rather than the required 57 (pilot project.)

The challenge of SCSU's graduate curriculum necessitates firm adherence to these standards. Applicants with scores below those cited above will not be considered. Applicants who present a strong academic profile but need a boost in English skills may be considered for a language admission. This consecutive acceptance requires that successful completion of Intensive English Center (IEC) Level 5 program at St. Cloud State University is achieved before enrollment in coursework can commence. An I-20 for the IEC would be issued first and upon completion of IEC Level 5 and full admission to the graduate program, the I-20 would be updated to the graduate program. Most language admission graduate students are able to complete the Level 5 program in one to four semesters. 

MBA,  MEM, ACR, MTQ and RAS applicants: Due to the advanced level of scholarship, the MBA, MEM, ACR, MTQ and RAS programs do not consider applicants seeking a language admission.Applicants beginning in the IEC and completing IEC level 5 must also provide official TOEFL or IELTS scores meeting the graduate admission English proficiency requirements for these programs.

Intensive English Center Details

Applicants may access information about the Intensive English Center at  A semester of IEC study costs approximately $4,600 US dollars and additional funds are needed to cover health insurance and living costs.  Students in the Intensive English program will be enrolled full-time in English study.  Graduate coursework only begins upon successful completion of the IEC Level 5 program.  When students have completed the Level 5 program, they will be eligible to start the graduate program during the next available semester. The IEC director will send a letter indicating a student's IEC completion and readiness to the graduate school. When the student starts a graduate program, he or she will be eligible to apply and compete for a graduate assistantship.

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