English proficiency requirements

The Graduate School's English Language Proficiency requirements are the absolute minimum; programs can set higher minimum standards. You are expected to learn and meet the requirements set by your program of interest.

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

TOEFL

  • 79 internet-based (IBTT)
  • 550 paper-based (PBTT)

MELAB

  • ​85

English Language Institute (ELI) at Wayne State University

  • Successful completion of all courses at the highest level

Under most circumstances, we will also consider the following scores. (Please submit official copies of the scores along with your application. There is no further action required on your part.)

IELTS

  • 6.5 (overall band)

PTE

  • 58

All scores must be officially reported by the testing agency.

  • Scores cannot be institutional.
  • Scores cannot be provided by another university.
  • Scores must be no more than two years old.

Please report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.

If you completed a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution in one of the following countries, you do not have to take the TOEFL:

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