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Graduate International Admissions

CMU offers over 70 graduate degree programs at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels, including certificates.

Search through a full list of our graduate programs​ and discover the unique features each has to offer. From publication opportunities to groundbreaking research, you're sure to find the right fit for you. Find the faculty that will mentor and guide you through the next step in your academic journey, and imagine yourself at CMU.

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How to apply

Prospective international students should apply at least six months before the semester they wish to enroll. This allows enough time to receive and consider all the materials part of the application. In addition, this allows enough time for students to apply for their student visa.​ Your application will be reviewed once all documents have been received. 

Step 1: Application for admission

Submit an online application to the Graduate program and the accompanying $65 application fee. The fee may be paid by credit card (at the end of the online application) or by check/money order payable to Central Michigan University and written from a U.S. bank.

Application deadlines: Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

Step 2: Official transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by all secondary and post-secondary institutions you have attended. Transcripts must include English translations. 

You must mail your official transcripts from the school(s) you attended in an envelope sealed by the school(s) or have the school(s) send them directly to CMU at the address below. You must not open this envelope before sending it to CMU.   

Mailing Address (transcripts, exam results etc.): 
Central Michigan University
Attn: International Applications Processing 
802 Industrial Drive, Global North 
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 USA 

The school(s) you attended may also send them as official electronic copies. Transcripts must come directly from the institution(s) and NOT from a personal email address. Electronic copies can be sent to

*Please ensure your certificate/evidence of degree indicating the degree you received and the date this was awarded are included with your official transcripts. 

Step 3: Proof of English proficiency

If you are not from a country where English is considered a primary language, you must demonstrate English proficiency. You have  various options for showing English proficiency.

View the list of countries where the English proficiency exam is waived.

Step 4: Supplemental documents

Some graduate programs require additional supplemental materials such as your resume, a statement of purpose, or letters of recommendation. Check your desired program page to ensure you have submitted all required application materials. 

Notification of admission

You will be notified of your admission electronically. You will then be contacted with further instructions regarding the steps to obtain your I-20, which is required to obtain your student visa.​

The I-20 will not be issued until you are accepted and the required financial support information is received.  After admission, you should monitor your email for additional information regarding the I-20 process.

Contact us with questions

If you have questions about CMU or the admission process, please contact +1-989-774-1619 or email

If you have been admitted to CMU and have immigration, I-20, or visa questions, please contact +1-989-774-1619 or email