Missouri State University

English Proficiency

Proof of your proficiency in English is required if your primary language is not English. Persons who have completed one or more years of university level study in the U.S. may be exempt at the discretion of the International Services Office. Proof can be provided in three ways:

  1. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
    The TOEFL score minimum requirements are 61 internet-based test for undergraduate applicants and 79 internet-based test for graduate applicants. You must request that original copies of these scores be sent to Missouri State directly from the Educational Testing Service. 
  2. The IELTS
    The IELTS score minimum requirements are 5.5 for undergraduate applicants and 6.0 for graduate applicants.  You must request that original copies of these scores be sent to Missouri State from an IELTS center.
  3. Applicants who have not completed the TOEFL nor IELTS
    Applicants who have not completed either the TOEFL nor the IELTS are encouraged to enroll in Missouri State's English Language Institute. Please visit Missouri State's English Language Institute site to learn more about the program. 

*To register for the TOEFL see:

www.ets.org

To register for the IELTS see:

*http://www.ielts.org

Information and registration forms for the TOEFL test is also available at many U.S. Embassies and Consulates, offices of the U.S. Information Agency, and offices of international education organizations, such as the Institute of International Education (IIE), the African-American Institute (AAI), and the American-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAS).

  Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs
Test Type Minimum Requirement Minimum Requirement
TOEFL-iBT
(Internet-based test)
Score of 61* or more
*(Scores of less than 15 in any individual band will require enrollment in a corresponding ELI course during student’s first semester at MSU)
Score of 79 or more
IELTS  Score of 5.5** or more
**(Scores of less than 5.0 in any individual band will require enrollment in a corresponding ELI course during student’s first semester at MSU)
 Score of 6.0 or more
Missouri State
English Language
Institute Program (ELI)
 Completion of Level 4 Completion of Level 5