Online International Student Admissions Requirements

Canadian students are eligible to enroll in all Mayville State online and distance programs. 

Other international students may complete Mayville State University online courses and some approved programs, including accounting, agribusiness, business administration, mathematics, or university studies, from their home and not be subject to SEVIS or visa requirements.

International students pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science RN to BSN degrees are not eligible for a student visa to study on the MSU campus.

International students interested in taking online classes or enrolling in fully online programs should first contact Mrs. Misti Wuori,, to confirm eligibility to enroll.  Not all online programs allow the enrollment of international students, other than Canadian students.  

See Online Program Eligibility for International Students here.

Students need to meet admission criteria to enroll in approved online programs. 

Please email Mrs. Misti Wuori,, for more information.  

1) MSU application for admission

2) Official academic records (referred to as transcripts in the United States) and/or diplomas attesting to the applicant’s secondary and university education must be sent directly to the Office of Admission if they are recorded in English. Academic records in any other language must be sent directly by the institution(s) attended to an evaluation service used by Mayville State University (such as World Education Services.) All documents must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of the institution (such as the registrar or recorder of records) and must bear the institution’s seal. If the college or university will not mail original, official, academic documents to the United States, exact copies that have been certified as such by the appropriate institutional official of each institution attended should be sent.

3) An applicant whose native language is not English is required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Proficiency for admission purposes is demonstrated by any of the following (or a combination of the following):

a. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum internet-based test (IBT) score of 68 (Or paper-based test score of 523); or

b. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.0; or

c. The Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE-A) with a minimum score of 50; or

d. The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 55; or

e. Completion of an official ELS course at levels 112 or above

f. At least two years of study, in good standing, at a post-secondary institution with English as the language of instruction; or

g. A degree or diploma from an institution in which English was the language of instruction.

Students transferring from a non-English speaking university outside of the United States must submit an official transcript from the institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received; along with a professional course-by-course evaluation and English translation completed by World Education Services ( If a student has already completed a course-by-course evaluation from another National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( member, he or she can have this evaluation sent to the Admissions Office. Students must also provide an English translated copy of the institution’s catalog or course descriptions or course Syllabi to aid in the evaluation of transfer credit.

Students attending an English speaking university outside the United States must also submit an official transcript from the institution reflecting all courses attempted and grades received. The student will be notified if a professional course-by-course evaluation completed by World Education Services ( is required. Course-by-course evaluations must be sent directly from the professional credential agency to Mayville State University. Student copies will not be accepted. Students are responsible for any costs incurred. The transfer credit evaluation process is lengthy, so the results of the evaluation may not be available prior to a student’s arrival and registration at Mayville State University.

If English is the official language of the applicant’s home country, SAT/ACT scores are required. In the absence of ACT or SAT scores, competency in English for purposes of course placement will be determined by a review of the academic records submitted by the student and completion of Accuplacer Placement Testing or comparable instrument.

4)  International students who transfer from another American college are subject to the same admission standards that govern other transfer students. If they have 24 or more credits from another American college, with a minimum 2.00 CGPA, they are only required to submit transcripts of those college courses for evaluation and determination of admission status. If they have less than 24 credits, their admission status is that of an entering freshman and is based on their high school record. In those cases, they must submit high school transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS scores (if from a country in which English is not the official language and ACT/SAT scores if they are from Canada or a country where English is the official language.

5)  International students who are graduates of American high schools and who apply for admission will follow normal procedures for high school applicants; i.e. submit evidence of completion of the College Prep courses, ACT/SAT scores and proof of graduation.

After all the above documents and payments have been received and reviewed, the applicant will be notified of their acceptance.