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English Proficiency

To be eligible to enroll full-time in graduate level academic coursework, students must satisfy CMU’s minimum English Proficiency requirements. The following list provides the different ways applicants can meet the requirement.

Applicants who do not meet one of the requirements below during the admission process will only be eligible for regular admission with stipulations. Upon arrival, these applicants will be required to complete the University’s English Language Placement exam. The exam results will determine what, if any, ELI courses are required of the student as well as what, if any, academic courses they are eligible to complete.

a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 PBT/79 IBT for admission.

b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Module: A score of 6.5 for regular admission.

c) Pearson Test of English, Academic Module: A score of 53 for regular admission.

d) International Baccalaureate (IB): A grade of five (5) in English at the Higher Level is required for regular admission.

e) ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112 for regular admission.

f) English Language Programs: English Language Programs from outside CMU may be considered on an individual basis.

g) English Language of Instruction (Received Baccalaureate Degree): Applicants whom have satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate degree where the language of instruction is English may also qualify for English Proficiency.

h) ELI (CMU English Language Program): Successful completion of the required CMU ELI courses with confirmation by the ELI Office.

i) Citizen of an exempt country: Applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of a TOEFL exempt country will be marked as having satisfied the English Proficiency requirement. To view a list of exempt countries please go to: