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SVSU understands that the COVID-19 virus has caused traditional TOEFL and IELTS test centers to be closed, making it harder for our students to take the tests we normally require for admission.

For Fall 2020 admissions review, SVSU will now also accept scores from iTEP's Academic Plus or the TOEFL iBT Special At Home Edition.  SVSU reserves the right to require additional testing from any students admitted based on these scores.  Additional placement testing will be provided during our Fall Orientation.

Scores needed to be eligible for each level of admission: 

 iTEP Academic Plus Scores
English Language Program  2.4-3.5
Undergraduate 3.6 or above

Please check back to this site frequently for updates as they become available if additional tests will be accepted.  

GPA & English Language Requirements for Admission

The English language requirement for undergraduate admission is based on either an acceptable English proficiency test score per the table below, successful completion of SVSU's English Language Program (as a candidate for undergraduate admission), successful completion of 24 academic credits at a US Community College or University, or successful completion of an English course equivalent to SVSU's English 111. 

Prospective graduate students must meet the minimum language requirement for their program before admission.



Minimum GPA




ELS Certificate

Education First

English Language Program


Speaking subscore: 10

Writing subscore: 7


Subscores no lower than 3.5

23 N/A N/A

All Undergraduate Programs*, **

2.0 61 5.5 45 110 B2

Graduate Programs**

Master of Arts Public Administration (MPA) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Arts Communication & Media Administration (CMA) 3.0 79 6.5 52 111/112 B2
Master of Science Computer Science & Information Systems (MS-CSIS) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Arts Teaching (MAT) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Arts in Technology Learning Systems and Design 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Education - Principalship (MEd) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Art Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master in Public Health (MPH) 3.0 92 7.0 64 111/112 C1
Master of Science Nursing (MSN) 3.0 92 7.0 64 111/112 C1
Master of Science Occupational Therapy (MSOT) 3.0 71 6.0 52 111/112 B2
Master of Social Work (MSW) 3.0 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing Program 3.25 79 6.5 56 111/112 C1
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) 3.0 92 7.0 64 111/112 C1


Official score reports must be received from: TOEFL, IETLS, PTE.

Certificates of completion must be received from: ELS, EF.


Admission to the English Language Program (ELP)

Students may be admitted with a TOEFL score as long as the subscore for Speaking is a minimum of 10 and subscore for Writing is a minimum of 7. Students providing a TOEFL score will undergo ELP placement during orientation to best determine the most appropriate level of instruction.

Students with an IELTS score must have a minimum overall score of 4.0 with no subscore less than 3.5.  


*Conditional Admission

Undergraduate applicants with a score below the minimum language requirement may be conditionally admitted to an undergraduate degree program. Upon successful completion of the English Language Program, students conditionally admitted can begin their undergraduate degree program. Students interested in conditional admission should choose “Yes” to Study in the ELP on the first page of the application.

Conditional Admission is not 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.


Admissions Questions?

The English language requirement is waived for students who have completed their high school or university studies in certain countries.

Please contact the office of International Admissions at to see if your country qualifies.

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