International Graduate Students

Incoming Students

Admissions

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.

Deadlines

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

** Academic Departments might have different deadlines 

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

Conditional Admission

 

Admissions Requirements

NOTE: The University will not consider incomplete applications. All required documents must be submitted for consideration. Application may take up to one month (30 days) to process.

Postal Service Delivery Address

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU BOX 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

 


Courier/Express Delivery:

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

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Fax: 615-904-8020

 

  1. Application
    1. Click for Online Application
  2. Application Fee
    1. Non-refundable fee of US $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

  4. Appropriate Test Score (See information under specific program to determine which test is required for your desired program)
    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) TEST CODE is 1466
    2. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - TEST CODE is 1751
    3. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
      1. ACTG - 6ZR-KJ-63
      2. INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
      3. Management and MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
      4. Management and MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52

  5. Transcript
    1. GPA of 2.75 (Grade Point Average of 4.0 scale) required for unconditional admission
    2. Submit all college/university official transcripts you have earned within the U.S.
    3. Submit a course-by-course evaluated transcript from a NACES evaluation service for all non-U.S. college/university transcripts.

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

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 Detailed Instructions

Application

  • 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.
  • Complete your application online. A credit card is required for payment of application fee.
  • Graduate students submitting provisional certificates (courses in progress) 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 up to four weeks to completeTherefore, 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 is required for the application fee payment. 

Proof of English Proficiency

  • Official scores are required
  • NOT REQUIRED IF
    • English is the native language of the country of citizenship
    • The applicant has earned a 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. An applicant may submit a photocopy of test scores for verification purposes only.
  • Required minimum scores vary by academic departments. 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.

Transcript

  • All transcripts from each school you have attended must be sent from that school directly to a NACES accredited evaluation service. Please see http://www.naces.org/ to select 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.
  •  If the applicant obtained a college degree or took some classes at another U.S. institution, the transcript is required. 

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Visa Information

After gaining admission to a graduate program, international students who would attend MTSU with an F1 student visa must receive an I-20 document from MTSU. Students who need to apply for a new visa in their home country must present this document at the local consular office, during a visa interview. Students transferring from another university in the US, or MTSU undergraduate students continuing to an MTSU graduate program, must have a new I-20 indicating they are pursuing graduate study at MTSU. Below is a list of documents newly-admitted students must submit in order to receive an I-20 from MTSU.

Proof of Funding for One Full Year

Students must provide documentation showing proof of funding for the first academic year of study. Examples of acceptable documentation include bank statements, letters from financial institutions, and scholarship award letters. Documentation must mention the student's or sponsor's name. Account balances must be dated no more than 8 months before first day of classes for the student's first term. Students must submit the financial statement form. Click here to download the financial statement form.

  • For graduate students, please provide $43,335 (less any academic scholarship or funding awarded).
  • For graduate students with a full assistantship, please provide $19,371.
  • For graduate students with a half assistantship, please provide $27,207. 
Living Expenses* $17,210.00
Insurance $1,249
Tuition* + $24,876 for graduate student
  + $912 with full assistantship
  + $8,748 with half assistantship
Extra for spouse $5000.00
Extra for child $2500.00

 * Living expenses include 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.

 Other required documents

  • A clear, legible copy of the biographical page in your passport booklet. The passport must be valid until at least six months after the first day of classes for the semester you will begin study
  • (Transfer and continuing MTSU undergraduate students only): A copy of the visa page in your passport booklet, showing issue and expiration date, along with the most recent visa stamp
  • (Transfer and continuing MTSU undergraduate students only): a copy of pages 1-3 from your current I-20
  • (Transfer and continuing MTSU undergraduate students only): Copies of the front and back of your I-94 card or I-94 information print out. Use www.cbp.gov/i94 to obtain this information.
  •  Proof of MMR and Varicella vaccinations:

    • There are two vaccinations each for MMR and Varicella. We require proof of the first doses before issuing an I-20.
    • For each dose, the vaccines must be taken on the same day. For example, you should get the first MMR vaccine on the same day as the first varicella vaccine (and then receive the second doses of both vaccines at a later date, on the same day, at least 28 days later).
    • The second dose of both vaccines is required before classes start. You will not be allowed to enroll in class full-time until proof of the second immunization doses is submitted to Student Health Services. Full-time enrollment is required to maintain F1 visa status.
    • Present a certificate of immunization form. Click here to download the form.

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Additional Requirements

Below are additional health-related requirements that can affect your visa status.

Tuberculosis Testing

  • Students must complete and submit a tuberculosis screening form. Click here to download the form.
  • Additional x-rays or testing may be required.
  • If additional testing is required, the student must complete testing by the first day of classes or her/his class schedule will be purged.

Meningitis Immunizations

  • Students under age 22 who plan to live in on-campus housing must submit proof of one dose of meningococcal vaccine given on or after the sixteenth birthday
  • Students must provide proof of immunization before moving in to on-campus housing
  • Click here to download the meningitis immunization form.

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.

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International Students Staff

Ben Shupe
Immigration Graduate Specialist
Office of International Affairs
james.shupe@mtsu.edu
(615) 494-7667

Tongia Key
Analyst, International Graduate Enrollment
Office of International Affairs
tongia.key@mtsu.edu
(615) 898-2843

 

Who do I ask for help?

  • Questions about academic programs: your Graduate Program Director or Advisor
  • Questions about immigration: James.Shupe@mtsu.edu
  • Questions regarding admission or the international merit scholarship: Tongia.Key@mtsu.edu
  • Questions regarding filing degree plans, advancement to candidacy forms, intent to graduate forms: askgrad@mtsu.edu
  • Questions about theses or dissertations: thesis@mtsu.edu 

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