English proficiency requirements

English proficiency minimum requirements set by the program supersede those set by the Graduate School. Applicants are expected to learn and meet the minimum requirements set by their program of interest.

To establish English proficiency, applicants are required to submit an official qualifying score meeting minimum Graduate School requirements:

    • 79 internet-based (IBTT)
    • 550 paper-based (PBTT)
    • ​85
    • 6.5 (overall band)

The score must be officially reported by the testing agency, cannot be institutional, cannot be provided by another university, and must be no more than two years old. Please report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.

Applicants who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution in one of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS requirement:

  • Anguilla 
  • Antigua 
  • Australia 
  • Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • Bermuda 
  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Canada (except Quebec) 
  • Cayman Islands 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Greenland 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • Liberia 
  • New Zealand 
  • St. Kitts and Nevis 
  • St. Lucia 
  • South Africa 
  • Tobago 
  • Trinidad 
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Virgin Islands