English Proficiency Requirements


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English Language Proficiency Test Information

International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.  In addition, federal immigration regulations prohibit the University from issuing a visa document to any student who has not satisfied this requirement.

The chart below provides the University's minimum  requirements for the different English language proficiency tests. However, your graduate program may have higher requirements and may not accept all items listed. Be sure to check your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply.

Type of English proficiency evidence

YOUR PROGRAM MAY NOT ACCEPT ALL OF THESE.

University Minimum Requirement for Admission

YOUR PROGRAM MAY SET STRICTER REQUIREMENTS.

TOEFL Exam

  • 79 total score.
  • Writing subscore of 21
  • Reading subscore of 19
  • Test date within 2 years of program start date

To submit your TOEFL scores
Request an electronic score report using the institution codes below: TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Minnesota institution codes below:

Twin Cities and Rochester campus: 6874
Duluth campus: 6873

IELTS Exam

  • 6.5 total score
  • Writing subscore of 6.5
  • Reading subscore of 6.5
  • Test date within 2 years of program start date

To submit your IELTS Scores
Official score reports must be mailed from the testing center
to the central Graduate Admissions Office at the address below:

Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MELAB Exam

  • 80 total score
  • Test date within 2 years of program start date

To submit your MELAB Score
Official score reports must be mailed from the testing center 
to the central Graduate Admissions Office at the address below:

Graduate School Admissions Office
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PTE or Cambridge Advanced Exams

Test scores are not required for applicants who have completed eligible post-secondary coursework in the following locations:

  • United States
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • United Kingdom/Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Most current and former British and US territories in the Caribbean/Central and South America

To qualify for an exemption, the coursework must:

  • Consist of at least 16 semester or 24 quarter credits, and
  • Have been completed within the past 2 years, and
  • NOT have been ESL coursework

*Please note that graduate teaching assistants must also meet a minimum speaking proficiency requirement. Contact the Graduate Office with any questions.

Official English Proficiency Exam scores are required before visa documents can be issued, and before course enrollment.   

Score reports uploaded to your application or emailed to our office are NOT official.   Scores must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota from the appropriate test agency.  

Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be matched to your application record. If you have already submitted an application and want to find out if we have received your official scores, log into your application and check your application status page.

Note:  The information above is for applicants or current students in master's or doctoral programs only.

If you are a student seeking a bachelor's degree, please visit the undergraduate admissions website.