Future International Students

Graduate English Language Proficiency Requirements

 Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to provide an official score report of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test.  Proficiency tests that are accepted are the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Applicants only need to take one of these test options.  Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.

Test Type

IELTS

MELAB

IBT TOEFL
Internet-Based Test

CBT TOEFL
Computer-Based Test

TOEFL
Written Test

Minimum Score

Overall 6.5

Overall 80

Overall 84
RD 23
LIST 23
SPK 17
WR 21

Overall 220

Overall 560

 
Graduate English Language Proficiency Program Pilot Opportunity 

Learn more about the Graduate ELPP Pilot.

English Proficiency Exemptions

  • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score. Verification from the school may be required.

    The following graduate degree programs will not grant this exemption and require submission of an accepted English Language Proficiency Test: 

    • Automotive Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Automotive Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Energy Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Information Systems Engineering (PhD) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) - Effective August 26, 2015
    • Mechanical Engineering (MSE) - Effective September 15, 2015
  • Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor or Master degree from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, or England) are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score.

Testing Information

 All three test options are offered around the world.  The MELAB is also offered at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  You will need to plan enough lead time to prepare for the exam, schedule a test date and allow for score reporting.  You may take any of the tests more than once, but only your most recent score will be considered.  Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Requesting Official Scores

Official score reports must be requested in order to satisfy the admission requirement. 

TOEFL: Our ETS Institution Code for TOEFL registration is 1861. Individual department codes are not necessary for the TOEFL.  As long as the institution code is used, your scores will be electronically delivered to us.  

IELTS: IELTS scores are received electronically. An institution code is not required. Use the following information to locate our institution:  

University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128

MELAB: MELAB does not require an institution code. Score reports should be mailed to:

University of Michigan-Dearborn - Graduate Studies
4901 Evergreen Road, 1055 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128