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Undergraduate Admission Process for International Students

Below is the admission process for undergraduate international students. It should answer the majority of questions related to the process. This list is not intended to be either complete or permanent. It will be updated periodically.

If your questions have not been answered below, please contact Erica Haddix at

Does MSU have the degree program? Search for degree programs online with Find A Major.

Does the degree program offer sufficient face-to-face classes for an I-20?

  • Federal law requires that a program offer a certain number of face-to-face classes before immigration documents can be issued for the student to come to campus. MSU offers programs that are entirely online and many online/hybrid classes.
  • Because programs are subject to change, it is advisable to check once per semester.

Does the degree program require a single-tier or two-tier admission process?

  • A majority of MSU’s programs only require admission to the University.
  • However, some programs (e.g. BS Nursing and BS Imaging Sciences), require both admission to the University and to the specific program. The admissions process could take several months.

Apply to the University at

Within 1-2 business days of a successful application, you should receive an email listing the items needed to complete your application.

Additional materials needed:

  • Original, official proof of academic credentials:
    • High school transcript showing proof of graduation
    • If a student has completed any previous academic coursework at the college/university level, then a WES evaluation is required.
    • GPA must be at least 2.00
  • Original, official proof of English proficiency:
    • IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 61, Michigan Test 82, Duolingo Official (105), Pearson Test of English Academics (50)
    • From an English-speaking country listed on MSU’s website, or
    • Successfully graduated from a U.S. high school (must also submit ACT or SAT scores), or
    • Sufficient ACT or SAT scores
    • Completed at least 24 hours from a college/university in the United States
  • Original, official financial documents:
    • Must be on official bank letterhead, in English, and less than three months old
    • Must be a minimum of $34,000 US dollars (a financial award, such as a scholarship, reduces this amount)
    • If someone else, such as a parent, is sponsoring, then a Letter of Support is needed. The Letter of Support template will be emailed.
    • Scholarship letters from certain countries may be emailed.
  • Official ACT or SAT score (optional)
    • Your ACT or SAT scores may be used for class placement and/or scholarship awards.
  • Picture page of passport and/or visa and/or I-20.
  • Transfer Form (needed for students who have previously studied in the U.S.)
  • Other items as required by the student’s situation.

Once the items have been received and are satisfactory, a student’s admission and immigration documents will be issued within 1-2 business days.

Contact International Student Services

Erica Haddix, International Student Services Director

239 Adron Doran University Center
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 1-606-783-2096
FAX: 1-606-783-9118