English Language Proficiency Information

The TOEFLIELTS or MELAB is required of an applicant whose first language is not English, regardless of citizenship status.

EXCEPTIONS: Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States (or other English-speaking country) before entering the University of Minnesota may be exempted from this requirement.  However, your graduate program of interest may not allow this exception so you must follow the application requirements of that graduate program.

The operational standards for admission to the University of Minnesota are listed below.

  • Please note that individual programs may have higher test requirements.  Check with your program of interest for specific information.  
  • Official scores are required prior to enrollment or before we issue visa documents. 

  • All English language test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken.

Test
 Operational Standard
TOEFL

79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading

IELTS
6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading
MELAB
80

How to Submit TOEFL Scores

TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Minnesota institution codes below:

  • Twin Cities and Rochester campus:   6874
  • Duluth campu:  6873.

Please allow 4-6 weeks for scores to be sent and matched to your application record.   If you have already submitted an application and want to find out if we have received your official TOEFL scores, click here.

How to Submit IELTS or MELAB Scores

 IELTS and MELAB score reports must be sent directly from the testing center.  Send your scores to: 

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Minnesota
309 Johnston Hall
101 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455

We do not accept unofficial Test Report Forms from students.  No institutional code is required.