International Students

In addition to the standard application requirements, all international applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS. University of Minnesota policy considers a non-native speaker to be a person who grew up in a home where the primary language was not English.

An exception to this rule for our program is for students who earned the entirety of their undergraduate degree (or four years combined undergraduate and graduate education) at a US institution or institutions in other specific English-speaking countries.

  • You can review the current list of English-speaking countries under the "Coursework" section of the Graduate School Admissions page, linked below. 
  • Please note that at least 16 semester credits (or 24 quarter credits) should have been completed within the past 2 years. 

Testing Options During the Pandemic 

To support applicants who are unable to take in-person tests during the COVID-19 pandemic, additional testing options are available (depending on your region) for fall 2022. For more information please review the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency page.

TOEFL iBT Operational Standard

The University's operational standard for admission on the TOEFL iBT is, at a minimum:

Minimum Total Score: 79

Subject Minimum Score
Writing 21
Reading 19

*The minimum TOEFL speaking score requirement for a teaching assistant (TA) position in the Department of Psychology is 23Acceptance of an international student whose speaking score falls below this minimum is rare.

IELTS Operational Standard

Our operational standard for admission on the IELTS is, at a minimum:

Minimum Total Score: 6.5

Subject Minimum Score
Writing 6.5
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7

Services for International Students

Counseling, advising, and educational services are provided for students and scholars from other countries by the University's International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Students may receive counseling and advising services for visa requirements and other immigration issues; social, personal, and financial matters; international and intercultural educational opportunities; academic issues; and English language requirements.