Frequently Asked Questions
Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach.
- Application Requirements
- Admissions Types
- Graduate Application
- Student Statements
- Official Transcripts
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
- GRE: Recommended 75th (for MS), 85th (for PhD) percentile Quantitative; 50th percentile Verbal; and 3.0 or greater Analytical Writing (Michigan Tech students are exempt)
- TOEFL: Recommended Score of 90 iBT
- IELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 6.5
Made beginning on January 1 (for Fall) and October 1 (for Spring)
Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: September 1
Summer: Please contact the Graduate Program Director
For full financial consideration for Fall: February 1
There are no cutoff GRE scores. Recommended GRE scores are 75th (for MS), 85th (for PhD) percentile Quantitative; 50th percentile Verbal; and 3.0 or greater Analytical Writing (Michigan Tech students are exempt)
It is recommended to apply by May 1 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester. (Contact the graduate director for the Summer semester deadline).
Applications are processed continuously and most are processed within six weeks.
It takes approximately six weeks for a decision to be made regarding graduate school applications. Be sure to visit your checklist on your MyMichiganTech account.
The department awards a few teaching assistantships each year. All students who have been admitted are considered for the open positions. If you receive one of these positions, you will be notified by email. Please visit Financial Aid for any financial aid questions.
It is unlikely that an MS student will receive a fully-funded GTA/GRA position. These opportunities are primarily awarded to PhD students.
Paid hourly grading positions (which do not include tuition) are open to MS students. These positions are typically assigned the week before classes or the first week of classes. It is hard to predict whether these positions will be available as it depends on department needs.
In an internship, the student temporarily breaks ties with Michigan Tech and works at a outside company, often returning to their home country or town, and often during the summer semester. The student is not enrolled as a student during this time. More common is a co-op (co-operative work experience) where a student enrolls in the one credit of the class UN5000 each semester, to complete the work experience. This single credit maintains full time enrollment status for the student. An international student must have completed a minimum of two full time semesters of study before being eligible for a co-op. The duration of an internship or co-op must be less than one year. All co-op and other corporate-student work relationships are handled through Michigan Tech Career Services. More information can be found at mtu.edu/career. Any questions or advice regarding international student status and requirements can be found at mtu.edu/international. Please note that not all students who wish to complete a co-op or internship are able to find one.
Under no circumstances do we accept Duolingo. We do accept TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. TOEFL and IELTS are offering at-home exams at this time, and they can be taken in place of in-person testing.
The GRE is required for all M.S. and Ph.D. applicants, except those with a B.S. or M.S. from a U.S. university. The GRE is immensely helpful for the admissions committee to evaluate whether a candidate can meet the performance standard required for the M.S. or Ph.D.
A $10 application processing fee is required for all international applicants. Our application remains free from the start, but requires international students to provide a processing fee before they can upload their supporting documents.
This fee is required for each international application that is submitted. If your processing fee is not submitted within 15 days of your initial application submission, your application will be canceled.
No. All decisions of this type are made based upon your application to the Graduate School. You do not need to do anything else.
Detailed information about the timeline for finishing your graduate degree, from your preparations for arrival on campus through completion of their degree, can be found on the Graduate School website.
For a personalized list of tasks you will need to complete prior the awarding of your degree can be found in the Current Students area of MyMichiganTech.