College of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University

International Students


This site provides a number of links to resources of interest to post-baccalaureate students interested in becoming graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University. If the information you seek is not available at one of the linked pages please contact the College of Graduate Studies at (615) 898-2840 or in order that we may assist you.


International Student Online Orientation

This orientation is required of all new graduate international students arriving from overseas and those transferring from other U.S. institutions. Failure to comply will result in your SEVIS record not being activated and your visa will be terminated.

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International Applicant and General Information

Priority Dates for Application Submission:

  • Fall Semester - June 1 of same year
  • Spring Semester - October 1 of previous year
  • Summer Semester - March 1 of same year (Only for students already in the United States)

NOTE: A completed file contains ALL materials required for admission . Applications may take up to 1 month to process.

Important Information concerning priority application submission:

International applicants are encouraged to complete their application as early as possible. The priority dates provide time for the additional governmental processing of immigration documents and issuance of visas.

Application materials submitted after the priority dates will be processed for admission consideration in the order in which they are received.

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:

INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466

Important Information for International Students

The College of Graduate Studies will process all information regarding your immigration status and issuance of the required I-20 for you to obtain your F-1 student visa and academic admission materials. To expedite the processing of your file, please follow the directions and submit all documents and materials to the address below.

Postal Service Delivery Address:

College of Graduate Studies
ATTN: Graduate Student Admissions
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Courier/Express Delivery Address:

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
Sam H. Ingram Building, Main Floor
2269 Middle Tennessee BLVD
Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA

ATTN: Graduate Student Admissions

Please be aware that the College of Graduate Studies will only correspond with the applicant directly either by written mailed letter, email or phone calls. We welcome inquiries from family and friends, but will only give out general information about the applicant's status. All acceptance letters and additional documents will be sent directly to the applicant. Students who have changed addresses, semester of entry, or have additional questions or requests, must submit all requests in writing in a timely manner.

This is a link provided to the Housing Office website: You may access the housing application from this website. You will also be able to view the dormitories and the price for on-campus housing. The housing application and the monetary deposit should be mailed directly to the Housing Office.

There is no financial aid for non-immigrant visa holders applying to MTSU. International applicants may apply for graduate assistantships. Assistantship applications must be submitted to the individual departments: Graduate Assistantship Application.

Each graduate program is assigned a graduate coordinator who is responsible for assisting students from admission to a degree program through graduation. Graduate Analysts serve as resource personnel to answer questions regarding admission requirements, timetable for filing degree plans, advancement to candidacy forms, intent to graduate forms, general questions regarding theses or dissertations, etc. Listed below are the staff members within the College of Graduate Studies who are responsible for assisting international graduate students.

Lyndsey Bennett
International Graduate Student Admissions
(615) 494-7869
Meghan Lunders
Graduate Student Immigration Specialist
(615) 898-2068

Graduate students are encouraged to contact their Graduate Program Director or Advisor with respect to any academic aspect of their graduate program.

Required Documents and Materials to be Submitted:

Completed Application

Tuberculosis Forms Packet

Cost of test through MTSU's Health Services is $12 US

Proof of two (2) Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Immunizations

Cost of immunizations through MTSU's Health Services is $50 US per dose

Proof of two (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) Immunizations

Cost of immunizations through MTSU's Health Services is $95 US per dose

Financial Statement indicating sources of support

Certification of Insurance

Insurance coverage for a student's dependents is available through Pearce and Pearce, Inc.
Current Plan: Academic Year 2013-2014
Email: | Website:

Proof of English Language Proficiency

submission of official scores required from one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL- computer-based minimum score 195, paper-based minimum score 525, IBT minimum score 71 (We DO NOT accept any other than ETS official test scores for the TOEFL)
  • IELTS- minimum score 6
  • UMELI- minimum score 85
  • ELS Level 112

Appropriate Official Admission Test Score

See information under specific program to determine which test is required for your desired program

  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Transcript Evaluation

A course-by-course analysis is required. Suggested services are listed below. Original transcripts should not be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

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    PO Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087, USA
    phone: +1-212-966-6311 | fax: +1-212-739-6100
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    2554 Lincoln Boulevard, #445
    Marina del Ray, CA 90291, USA
    phone: +1-310-828-5709 | fax: +1-310-828-5709
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    PO Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470, USA
    phone: +1-414-289-3400
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Transfer Verification Form

Required for students transferring from a university within the United States to MTSU

Detailed Instructions

Application materials should be typed or printed neatly with all areas that pertain to the individual completed. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You must submit a permanent overseas home address for our immigration records.

Where required, the applicant must sign application materials. Falsification of an applicant's signature may be grounds for denial of admission.

Applying online is the fastest way to begin your admission process at MTSU. A credit card (Mastercard or Visa) is required for payment of application fee. If you require a paper application, a $35 non-refundable check with routing numbers or a money order drawn on a United States bank must be mailed with the application.

Tuberculosis Packet: Read, complete and submit BOTH the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment and Tuberculosis Screening forms.

Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR): Read, complete and submit the form.

For F1 and J1 visa applicants: Submit a bank statement and the financial form. If using a sponsorship (government or private company) please attach an official notice.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A score of 195 on the computer based test (CBT), internet based test (IBT) minimum score of 71, or a score of 525 on the paper based test (PBT) is the minimum for graduate admission. Applicants may send a photocopy of their student test scores for verification. Verification can only be done if the student has already requested the testing center or agency to release their score to MTSU. The institution code for MTSU is 1466.

SUBSTITUTION: ELS- successful completion of Level 112 may be substituted for the TOEFL. Also, the MICHIGAN test may be substituted for the TOEFL if the International English Institute in Nashville, Tennessee tests students with a score of 85 or above.

EXCEPTION: TOEFL or Michigan Test is not required IF:

  • English is the native language of the country of citizenship
  • The student has earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a United States accredited four year college or university
  • Applicant has taken two semesters of college-level English composition receiving a grade of "C"; or better in each class, which must be confirmed with an official transcript from an accredited United States college or university.
  • Successful completion of ELS- Level 112


All transcripts from each school you have attended must be sent from that school directly to a NACES ( accredited evaluation service. Photocopies cannot be accepted. It is required that you have a commercial evaluation service to translate and evaluate the transcripts. The evaluation service must send the report directly to The College of Graduate Studies office. In some extreme cases, transcripts that are in sealed envelopes with the institution's stamp or affixed seal can be submitted from the student directly, but they are subject to a case-by-case review.

Visa Requirements:

  • Submit photocopy of your entire I-20 if you are transferring from within the United States.
  • Submit photocopy of your current I-94 card or stamp in your passport visa booklet
  • Submit photocopy of your passport visa booklet that has your photograph in it

All application requirements must be completed in English.

Transfer Verification Form: If you are transferring from a university within the United States to MTSU, this form is required. The Designated School Official at your university must complete Section II of the Transfer Verification form and mail it directly back to the International Programs and Services Office.

Insurance: all F1 and J1 visa holders are required to show proof of insurance showing up to $10,000 medical evacuation expenses being covered as well as up to $10,000 repatriation expenses being covered.

GRE, GMAT or MAT: Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU. Applicant may submit a photocopy of test scores for verification purposes only. Verification can only be done if the applicant has requested the testing center or agency to release their official scores to MTSU. To determine whether you are required to submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores, please refer to the Graduate Catalog or the Admission Requirements section of your desired program. Information for Degree Programs


Additional Information:

Graduate students submitting provisional certificates will have one semester from the issuance date to have their school submit to The College of Graduate Studies the conferred degree. You will be notified when your file is complete and sent to the department of your major. After review in the department, the decision is sent back to The College of Graduate Studies office. A letter of admission or denial will be forwarded to you by the College of Graduate Studies once a decision has been made. This process can take from four to six weeks to be completed. Therefore, early completion of your file is to your benefit. Your I-20 immigration document cannot be issued until your admission is complete. Therefore, make sure that you complete your admission packet with enough time for making all plans to attend the semester indicated on your application.

General Information:

Once your application has been received and determined acceptable for processing, you will be issued an MTSU identification number. You will be notified of that number by email. ALWAYS use this number when asked for your MTSU ID number and on all correspondence to help us locate your record in a timely manner.

You should use the name that you submit on your application on all correspondence. If you have documents that have a different name, please indicate this somewhere within the correspondence submitted or notify us by mail as to the name the document could be listed under.

All materials received by the university become property of the university and cannot be returned or forwarded to a third party.