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International Students


International students should apply four (4) months prior to the desired time of admission. Although late applications may be accepted, admission cannot be granted if all documentation is not on file. Incomplete applications will be moved to the next semester. Read and follow all instructions carefully.

Application Submission Deadlines:

Fall Semester (August-December)

Winter Semester (January-April)

Spring Semester(May-June)

Summer Semester(July-August)

March 1

July 1

October 1

September 1

To be considered for admission, you must submit all of the following with your completed application form:

A processing fee of U.S. $25.00 check or money order payable to SVSU.

An official copy of all college/university transcripts translated into English by ECE, WES or any other reputable evaluating agency of transcript(s) from each institution attended. Must have earned an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

A Resumé
Submit a current Resumé which includes your education and any professional experience. Include information regarding positions and settings in which you have been employed, including the duties and the dates, as well as relevant involvement in professional and voluntary organizations, honors, publications, presentations, and continuing education experiences. NOTE: Professional experience is not a requirement for admission.

A Personal Statement and Accomplishments, Academic and Career Goals

Submit a one-page statement summarizing your plans for graduate study. Your statement should be a concise, well-written essay about your background, your academic and career goals, and how Saginaw Valley State University’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.

Professional Recommendations

Submit two letters of recommendation from educators or employers who can evaluate your academic potential. Most useful will be references who can speak to your recent educational and/or professional experience. Recommendations should not be friends or relatives.

English Language Requirements for Admissions/Results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) SVSU Code is 1766

Admission to SVSU’s College of Eduation graduate program requires either a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (or 195 computer based) or successful completion of SVSU’s English Language Program (ESL). Students without a TOEFL score or with a TOEFL score below the required score of 525 may be admitted to the English language program, as well as conditionally admitted to a degree program. Upon successful completion of the ESL program, those students conditionally admitted will be re-evaluated for full admission to the master’s degree program. Students interested in conditional admission should check the box under the Study Plan on the application form that indicates the Master’s and English Language Program.

Evidence of Financial Support

It is a requirement for admission that you can demonstrate the ability to pay for your education expenses at SVSU. There are two steps to provide evidence of financial support:

  • Provide a bank statement or bank letter (explained below) specifying the amount available.
  • Complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility on the application.

You must submit with your application one of the following documents to verify that funds are available to pay for your educational expenses. This document must specify an amount available (in dollars or in another currency) and can be: 1). A bank statement; 2). A letter from a bank which includes a specific amount of funds available; or 3). A letter from an agency which is supporting your study. You must submit an original of this document with your application before you can be admitted and it must specify U.S. funds available to you. This same documentation must be presented to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain your visa.

You must not plan to finance your education in the U.S. through employment. U.S. laws do not allow the citizens of other countries to accept off-campus jobs unless they have received specific authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization Service. International students are eligible for up to 20 hours of on-campus employment during the fall and winter semesters and 40 hours of on-campus employment during the summer, and may compete with other students for those positions.

Submit a photocopy of your Passport page that shows your name.

Copy of teaching credentials (certificate, diploma’s etc.)



College of Education Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Teaching Degree Programs:

Enter one of the programs listed below on page 1 of this application.


Early Childhood Education

Educational Technology

K-12 Literacy Specialist

Special Education




State of Michigan Teacher Certification Program

Master of Education Degree Programs:

Enter one of the programs listed below on page 1 of this application.


Chief Business Official



Additional Master’s Programs offered by SVSU:

MBA Master of Business Administration

MA/CM Master of Arts/Communication and Multi-Media

MS/TP Master of Science/Technological Processes

MA/LPA Master of Arts/Leadership and Public Administration

MSN Master of Science in Nursing

Admission to these graduate programs are handled through the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you would like further information on one of these programs, please contact their office directly at:

E-Mail: Fax: 989-790-0180 Telephone: 989-964-6096

Mailing Address: SVSU Office of Graduate Admissions, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710 USA



SVSU Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs assists SVSU students from other countries with any special needs they may have. It is important that you go to their office soon after you arrive so that they can complete your records and become acquainted with you. This will also give you the opportunity to let them know about any assistance that you will need. Additional information on the campus, housing, academic programs, and the ESL Program can be found on the Office of International Programs website.

SVSU Accreditation

Saginaw Valley State University is a public university accredited by the North Central Association and numerous department-specific associations and societies.