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Graduate/Master's Degree Checklist

  1. Apply

    Submit your application with $45 fee.

    Submit your application

    • Winter 2018

      • Application Deadline: October 15, 2017
      • Final I-20 Shipping (Abroad): November 27, 2017
      • Transfer I-20 Deadline: December 15, 2017
      • Classes Start: January 3, 2018
    • Summer I 2018

    • Summer II 2018

      • Application Deadline: March 19, 2018
      • Final I-20 Shipping Deadline (Abroad): May 15, 2018
      • Transfer I-20 Deadline: June 14, 2018
      • Classes Start: June 22, 2018 (must enroll in full-time course load)
  2. Educational Perspectives

    All international, post-secondary transcripts must be submitted directly to Educational Perspectives using the detailed, course-by-course report option (allow 2–4 weeks for evaluation completion) on If you're admitted as a conditional senior, you must update your final transcript through Educational Perspectives.
  3. English Proficiency

    Official test scores must be sent directly to EMU from the following testing agencies: TOEFL (school code: 1201), IELTS, MELAB or PTE. Copies are not acceptable. Some students may be eligible for a ESL testing waiver based on prior academic experience -- contact International Admissions to confirm your waiver eligibility.

    If you test below our minimum requirements and require a student visa, you will be enrolled directly in our Intensive English Program (IEP). You will receive an updated I-20 for your degree program after completion of the IEP. Here are the minimum test scores required for full admission:

    • TOEFL: 79 iBT
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • MELAB: 77
    • PTE: 53
  4. Graduate Degrees and Programs

    Visit the degrees and programs page for additional requirements from your specific program.
  5. Financial Statement of Responsibility

    If you are an F1 or F3 applicants and are required to demonstrate the ability to cover all expenses while attending EMU, you will need to fill out the financial statement of responsibility form [PDF].

  6. Documentation

    Official documentation of available funds demonstrates your ability to pay for one academic year of study in United States Dollars (USD). Approved forms of financial documentation must be liquid in nature such as: savings/checking accounts, certificates of deposits (CDs) and U.S.-based money market accounts with immediate withdraw into U.S. dollars. This documentation must be original and submitted via postal mail or in person.

    Once academically admitted, SACM students will be provided with an admission letter to submit to SACM in order to receive an official financial guarantee.

  7. Passports and VISAs

    Fl/Jl applicants: Submit copies of ALL passports and United States VISAs to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at

    Permanent Resident applicants: Submit copy of green card or Permanent Residence card.

    H4 applicants: Submit copy of VISA, primary's VISA and employment verification letter.

    Is your visa type not listed? Contact International Admissions for more information.

  8. FLET Form (SEVIS Transfer Applicants Only)

    This form is required for students transferring SEVIS records from another U.S. institution. Download the international student advisor letter [PDF] and submit to the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at

  9. Order I-20 Shipment

    Already admitted to EMU? The final step to confirm your admission is to order the shipment of your I-20 document. Instructions for receiving your I-20:

    • Register and activate your account at University Express Mail Services. (This is free.)
    • Click the “Receive” option.
    • Type “Eastern Michigan University” in the search box or select it from the drop down list.
    • Select “Eastern Michigan University” and then "Continue."
    • Select the specific university department “Office of International Admissions” and then "Continue."
    • Complete the shipping form, using your student ID (E00000000) and select "Ship/Quote."

    Note: P.O. Box addresses are generally not preferred by express carriers. If entering a P.O. Box address, be sure to provide the complete physical address where the P.O. Box is located in order to avoid delays or failed shipment. On the confirmation page, check your shipment details.

    • On the same page, complete the credit card information form.
    • Select "Confirm" to advance to the shipment summary page.
    • EMU will automatically be notified by University Express Mail Services (eShipGlobal) that you have requested your documents via express mail. You can track the shipment using the tracking number provided.
    • Receive your documents in 3–5 business days from the date of mailing.

    If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link on the website for step-by-step instructions. If you have additional questions about how to use this service, please e-mail

    Are you currently located in the United States? If you would prefer to pick up your I-20 document from the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), please contact