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English Language Requirements for Admission

The English language requirement for admission is based on either an acceptable English proficiency test score per the table below or successful completion of SVSU's English Language Program.



All Undergraduate Programs* **

2.0 61 5.5

Graduate Programs**

Master of Arts Public Administration (MPA) 2.75 79 6.5
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 3.0 79 6.5
Master of Arts Communication & Media Administration (CMA) 3.0 76 6.5
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 3.0 92 7.0
Master of Science Energy & Materials (MEM) 3.0 79 6.5
Master of Science Health Administration & Leadership (MSHAL) 3.0 92 7.0
Master of Arts Instructional Technology & E-Learning (MAITEL) 3.0 79 6.5
Master of Science Occupational Therapy (MSOT) 3.0 71 6.0
Master of Education - Principalship (MEd) 3.0 79 6.5
Master of Science Nursing (MSN) 3.0 92 7.0
Master of Arts Teaching (MAT) 3.0 79 6.5


*Conditional Admission

Students without an English proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) or with a score below the minimum requirement may be admitted to the English Language Program or conditionally admitted to a degree program. Upon successful completion of English requirements, those students conditionally admitted can begin their degree program. Students interested in conditional admission should choose “Both ELP and Degree Program” on the first page of the application.

Conditional Admission will no longer be available for applicants to our graduate programs.

** Additional Testing

Saginaw Valley State University reserves the right to require in-house testing for students with noticeable discrepancies between official test scores and demonstrated skills.


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