International Students/Non-immigrant Admissions
Admission is determined by a selective process that includes consideration of English language proficiency, academic achievements, financial resources, and student visa eligibility.
For best consideration for admission be sure to submit your application by the following deadlines:
Canadian International Students:
- Fall Semester: June 1
- Spring Semester October 15
- Summer Semester: March 15
After these dates, applications may be considered.
- Fall Semester: August 1
- Spring Semester: December 1
- Summer Semester: May 15
Send Application Materials to:
Minot State University
500 University Ave West
Minot ND 58707 USA
- $35 U.S. Application Fee
If you didn't already pay your application fee online when you submitted your application, you may call Enrollment Services at +1-701-858-3350 with your credit card information. You may also pay by a U.S. check or money order. Make the check or money order payable to Minot State University and note the applicant's full legal name as it appears on driver's license/passport.
- Academic Credential Requirements
International applicants (except Canadians) are required to have all international college, university, or professional school statements of marks (transcripts) evaluated course by course by one of the following internationally recognized, comprehensive organizations approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education:
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
- American Education Research Corporation (AERC)
- Education Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
- World Education Services (WES)
Click on the links above to review their application procedures. The agency you choose to utilize will send an official evaluation to Minot State University along with copies of your transcript.
Sponsored applicants working with a programming organization or agency may have all their statements of marks (transcripts) evaluated by the programming organization. In such cases, statements of marks and degrees submitted to the Graduate School should bear the original stamp/seal and signature of the school official responsible for issuing such records, such as the registrar or controller of exams for that institution. Only degrees received from colleges and universities recognized by the Ministry of Education of a foreign country or regional/global accreditation bodies are accepted. The programming organization shall authenticate the final documents to be submitted to the Graduate School.
If a record is not in English, a certified literal English translation must accompany the official transcript. If only one original record is available, the sponsor or programming organization should make a photocopy of the record and certify that it is a true copy. Copies of foreign transcripts issued by one institution but certified by another institution are not accepted. Notarized, faxed or scanned copies are not considered official, but may be submitted for preliminary review. Original copies are required in order to be fully admitted.
*Applicants who have attended Canadian colleges, universities, and/or professional schools should have their institutions send original transcripts directly to the MSU Graduate School; a credential evaluation is not required. Applicants from MSU's formalized partner institutions are not required to provide a credential evaluation.
- F-1 Transfer Clearance Form [pdf]
If you are transferring to MSU from a college or university within the United States you must submit the F-1 transfer form signed by you and the international coordinator at your current school in order to have your SEVIS record transferred to Minot State University.
- Application for Form I-20 and Certification of Financial Responsibility
International students are not eligible for U.S. federal or state need-based financial assistance. Therefore, certification of adequate financial support to meet the needs during the period of enrollment at MSU is required of all international non-immigrant applicants.
- Photocopy of the page containing your personal information from your Passport.
This information will be used to create your form I-20.
Notification of Application Status
The application packet must be complete before you can be considered for admission. You will be notified via email of the admission decision. In the meantime, please check out Steps for Admitted Students on the International Students Services page.
Conditional Admission Status for International Students
Conditional Admission Status may be offered to international students who are unable to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the minimum admission requirement for the MSU Graduate School. The following minimum requirements must be met before consideration for Conditional Admission Status will be granted:
- Complete application for admission, along with application fee
- Statement of purpose
- Official credential evaluation and transcripts from all institutions previously attended
- Three recommendations
- Undergraduate degree or work experience requirements of specific programs
- Approval for Conditional Admission Status by the degree program as well as the Graduate Dean
Conditionally admitted students will be entered into the competitive applicant pool for "AdmittedApproved" status upon completion of any additional program-specific exams as well as proof of English language proficiency (see English- Language Proficiency) *Students holding Conditional Admission Status are not eligible to apply for Graduate Assistantships or Graduate School scholarships and are not eligible to enroll in graduate courses.
A student may request to transfer a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit into a program of study, provided that an "A" or "B" was recorded for each course. The hours must have been earned at a regionally accredited institution. Transfer credits will not be accepted if the work was earned more than seven years prior to the date the student expects to complete the graduate degree.
A student must complete a "Request to Transfer Credit to a Degree Program" form.
The transfer of credit must be recommended by the studentís advisor and chairperson, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Transfer work is not used in the calculation of cumulative grade point average.