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English Proficiency Requirements
English Language Proficiency Test Information
International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. In addition, federal immigration regulations prohibit the University from issuing a visa document to any student who has not satisfied this requirement.
The chart below provides the University's minimum requirements for the different English language proficiency tests. However, your graduate program may have higher requirements and may not accept all items listed. Be sure to check your program's English proficiency requirements before you apply.
Type of English proficiency evidence
YOUR PROGRAM MAY NOT ACCEPT ALL OF THESE.
University Minimum Requirement for Admission
YOUR PROGRAM MAY SET STRICTER REQUIREMENTS.
COVID-19 English Proficiency Testing Options for 2021
To submit your TOEFL scores
Twin Cities and Rochester campus: 6874
To submit your IELTS Scores
Graduate School Admissions Office
Test scores are not required for applicants who have completed eligible post-secondary coursework in the following locations:
To qualify for an exemption, the coursework must:
Additional Testing for Teaching Assistants
Official English Proficiency Exam scores are required before visa documents can be issued, and before course enrollment.
Score reports uploaded to your application or emailed to our office are NOT official. Scores must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota from the appropriate test agency. Official scores will appear in your application AFTER you submit the application and pay the application fee. Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be matched to your application record. If you have already submitted an application and want to find out if we have received your official scores, log into your application and check your application status page.
Note: The information above is for applicants or current students in master's or doctoral programs only.
If you are a student seeking a bachelor's degree, please visit the undergraduate admissions website.