At Central Michigan University, we pride ourselves on providing all students with a supportive learning and social environment. CMU provides an excellent home base for students to explore global perspectives and enriched educational experiences. 

Prospective international students should apply at least six months before the semester in which they wish to enroll. This allows enough time to receive and consider all the materials that are part of the application.  In addition, this allows enough time for students to apply for their student visa.

Following the checklist below will help guide you as you go through the process of applying to CMU. The I-20 or ED-2019 (visa eligibility form) will not be issued until the Office of International Affairs receives the required financial support information.

Step One: 

Apply online at: as an International student pursuing a graduate degree (master's, doctoral or specialist).

  • Pay $60 application fee online

Step Two:  

  • Transcripts/individual mark sheets/diplomasApplicants must provide official copies of these documents which must be sent in a sealed envelope for the school(s) you attended or have the schools send them directly to us at the address below.  A certified English translation is also required.  Uploaded copies will not be accepted.
  • Statement of Purpose:   A brief statement describing your purpose and general plans for graduate study at Central Michigan University. It may include information about activities and achievements, which are related to your proposed field of specialization as well as your career plans after graduation.
  • English Proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, Pearson Test.  See our English Proficiency Standards for score information English Language standards.
    • Optional if applying for English Language Institute or BRIDGE program

Mailing Address:
Central Michigan University
Applications Processing
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 USA


(989) 774-4444

Step Three: 

Please check with the department to which you are applying, or their website, for any other departmental requirements which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT)
  • Letters of recommendation                                          
  • Portfolio                                            
  • Résumé

Step Four: 

Your application will be evaluated for acceptance.  If admitted, you will receive  your admissions letter electronically. 

Step Five: 

Once you are admitted to the graduate program, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) will contact you directly regarding immigration documents.
You will submit your financial documents (bank statements), copy of passport or any other documents needed to the Office of International Affairs.
Note: scanned and emailed copies are acceptable

Once all required documents are received the OIA will email you requesting payment to ship your welcome packet.

Step Six: 

The OIA will mail your welcome packet, which will include: admissions letter, I-20, and information about arriving to Central Michigan University. 


Admissions questions? Please contact Applications Processing

(989) 774-4444

Immigration/ I-20/ or visa questions? Please contact: 989-774-4308