International Graduate Students

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Prospective Students

All international students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to provide enough time for the additional governmental processing of immigration documents and issuance of VISA or other scholarship-related applications.


  • Fall:              June 1 of same year
  • Spring:         October 1 of previous year
  • Summer:      March 1 of same year (Only for students already in the United States)

    ** Department might have different deadlines 

** Students applying for Conditional Admissions should click on the link below for detailed information.

Conditional Admission


Admission Requirements

NOTE:  The university will not consider incomplete applications. All required documents must be submitted for consideration. Application may take up to one month to process.

Postal Service Delivery Address

College of Graduate Studies
Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Courier/Express Delivery:

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132 USA
Attn: Graduate Student Admission



Fax: 615-904-8020


  1. Application 
    1. Click for Online Application
  2. Application Fee
    1. Non-refundable fee of $35                 
  3. Proof of English Proficiency (Please submit the official scores from one of the following:)
    1. TOEFL:- computer-based minimum score 195, paper-based minimum score 525, IBT minimum score 71 (We ONLY accept ETS official test scores for the TOEFL); TEST CODE for MTSU is 1466
    2. IELTS- overall score of 6
    3. UMELI- minimum score 85
    4. ELS Level 112 Certificate of Completion
    5. Please see below for more information

  4. Appropriate Test Score (See information under specific program to determine which test is required for your desired program)
    1. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - TEST CODE is 1751
    2. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
    3. ACTG - 6ZR-KJ-63
    4. INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
    5. Management and MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
    6. Management and MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52

  5. Transcript
    1. GPA requirement for unconditional admission
    2. ** Departments might have different GPA requirements
    3. Submit all college/university official transcripts
    4. For non-U.S. transcripts, please submit a course-by-course evaluated transcript from a NACES evaluation service.

  6. Additional Program Requirements
    1. Please check your program for additional requirements such as recommendation letters, additional test scores, resumes etc...

  7. Information for Newly Admitted Students (Only for students who have been fully admitted)
    1. International students who have been admitted to MTSU must submit the following documents
    2. Tuberculosis Forms Packet
    3. Proof of two (2) Measles, Mumps ,Rubella (MMR) Immunizations
    4. Two (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) Immunizations
    5. Financial Statement indicating sources of support (see below for details)
    6. Health Insurance (See below for more information)
    7. Photocopies of entire I-20 (if transferring from within the U.S.), I-94, Passport and VISA booklet 

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Detailed Instructions


  • The College of Graduate Studies will only correspond with the applicant directly either by written mailed letter, email or phone calls. We welcome inquiries from family and friends, but will only give out general information about the applicant's status.
  • All acceptance letters and additional documents will be sent directly to the applicant. Students who have changed addresses, semester of entry, or have additional questions or requests, must submit all requests in writing in a timely manner.
  • Application materials should be typed or printed neatly with all areas that pertain to the individual completed. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You must submit a permanent overseas home address for our immigration records.
  • Applying online is the fastest way to begin your admission process at MTSU. A credit card (Mastercard or Visa) is required for payment of application fee. If you require a paper application, please submit a $35 non-refundable check  or money order with the application.
  • Graduate students submitting provisional certificates will have one semester from the issuance date to have their school submit to The College of Graduate Studies the conferred degree.
  • A letter of admission or denial will be forwarded to you by the College of Graduate Studies once a decision has been made. This process can take from four to six weeks to be completedTherefore, early completion of your file is to your benefit.
  • Your I-20 immigration document cannot be issued until your admission is complete. Therefore, make sure that you complete your admission packet with enough time for making all plans to attend the semester indicated on your application.

Fee Payment

  • A credit card (Mastercard or Visa) is required for payment of application fee. 
  • For paper application, a $35 non-refundable check with routing numbers or a money order drawn on a United States bank must be mailed with the application.

Proof of English Proficiency

  • Submit official scores only
    • English is the native language of the country of citizenship
    • Bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. accredited 4 year college or university

Appropriate Test Score

  • GRE, GMAT or MAT: Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU. Applicant may submit a photocopy of test scores for verification purposes only.
  • Required minimum scores depend on the department's requirement. Please check your department for more information.
  • To determine whether you are required to submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores, please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the Admission Requirements section of your desired program. Information for Degree Programs
  • The College of Graduate Studies offers GRE and GMAT Workshops throughout the year. Please check this page for more information.


  • All transcripts from each school you have attended must be sent from that school directly to a NACES accredited evaluation service. Please see to find a service provider.
  • Photocopies cannot be accepted. It is required that you have a commercial evaluation service to translate and evaluate the transcripts. The evaluation service must send the report directly to The College of Graduate Studies office.
  • In some extreme cases, transcripts that are in sealed envelopes with the institution's stamp or affixed seal can be submitted from the student directly, but they are subject to a case-by-case review.
  •  If the applicant obtained a college degree or took some classes at another U.S. institution, that transcript is required. 

Total Proof of Financials for One Full Year

  • For graduate students, please provide $42,159.
  • For graduate students with a full assistantship, please provide $19,299.
  • For graduate students with a half assistantship, please provide $23,537.


Living Expenses* $17,210.00
Insurance $1,249
Tuition + $23,700.00 for graduate student
  + $840.00 with full assistanship
  + $5078.00 with half assistantship
Extra for spouse $5000.00
Extra for child $2500.00

 * Living expensesinclude room & board, clothing, telephone, transportation, and recreation expenses.

This is an average budget for students living in Murfreesboro.

Actual tuition rates, fees, and living expenses may vary from this estimate.


Student Insurance

  • All F1 and J1 visa holders are required to show proof of insurance showing a minimum of $30,000 medical evacuation expenses being covered as well as a minimum of $30,000 repatriation expenses being covered.
  • Insurance coverage for students and their dependents is available through Lewermark.

International Students Staff

  • Graduate students are encouraged to contact their Graduate Program Director or Advisor with respect to any academic aspect of their graduate program. For any other questions, please contact the College of Graduate Studies at    

(615) 898-2840 or .

Ben Shupe

Office of International Affairs
Immigration Graduate Specialist
(615) 494-7667


Graduate Analysts answer questions regarding admission requirements, timetable for filing degree plans, advancement to candidacy forms, intent to graduate forms, general questions regarding theses or dissertations, etc.