MSA Admissions Requirements

Qualifying for regular admission

With a 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher from a regionally accredited school, you are eligible for regular admission to the MSA program.

Qualifying for regular, with stipulations, admission

If your undergraduate GPA is below 2.7, you may be considered for a regular, with stipulations, admission status. Include a resume and a personal statement with your application. In the personal statement (1-2 pages), indicate why you are interested in the MSA program, discuss your challenges as an undergraduate student and tell us why you will now be successful as a graduate student.

Are standardized tests required?

No. The GRE or GMAT is not a requirement for admission.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Request that official transcripts be sent to CMU for all of your undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent from the institution directly to CMU. The address for transcripts is CMU, Attn: Transcript Department, 802 Industrial Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or

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Admission for international students

International students must complete the International Application for Admission

International students must submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. A list of the TOEFL exempt countries can be found on the International Recruitment office website.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 500 PBT/61 IBT is required for admission with stipulations or 550 PBT/79 IBT for regular admission. School Code 1106
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: A score of 5.5 is required for admission stipulations or 6.5 for regular admission.
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic Module: A score of 44 for admission with stipulations or 53 for regular admission.

CMU DOES NOT require a third-party evaluation for most transcripts!

Upon arrival at the university, students with stipulations will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI). The results of the test will be used to determine the number of courses they will be required to take through the ELI. Students admitted with stipulations will be allowed to take a restricted number of courses in their academic disciplines concurrently with the ELI courses and must complete all required ELI courses by the end of their first year at CMU. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies, these restrictions will be removed. Please note that students are required to pay tuition for ELI courses just as they would for any other CMU course.

For more details, visit the Office of Global Engagement's webpage.

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