English Language Proficiency

Provide documentation in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) score of 61 or better; OR
  • IELTS academic test score of 5.5 or better; OR
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) score of 500 or better; OR
  • successful completion of the highest level of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a B+ average or better and at least a B in each course
  • completion of Level 112 at an English Language School (ELS) in the U.S.; OR
  • a SAT Critical Reading sub-score of 400 or higher (Taken prior to March 2016) or SAT Reading sub-score of 22 or higher (Taken March 2016 or later); OR
  • students transferring from a U.S. college or university may satisfy the English proficiency requirement by the completion of one semester of Freshman English Composition I with a C or better grade. If the student is transferring from a school that is on the quarter system they would have to complete Freshman Composition I & II with a C or better grade.

*Some departments require a higher English proficiency score for admission to a major. The requirements listed above are for admission to the university.


Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program is open to students who completed high school and score:

  • between 20 and 60 on the TOEFL iBT test; or
  • between 330 and 499 on the TOEFL PBT test; or
  • between 3.5 and 5.0 on the IELTS test. Upon successful completion of the advanced level of the program, you will be regularly admitted to MNSU.

Intensive English Program Curriculum


Tutorial support

Students enrolled in the Intensive English Program will be supported by tutors who will guide them in developing strategies for understanding lectures, reading academic content, writing essays, and summarizing academic information in English.

Conversation partners

Each Intensive English Program student will have a conversation partner. The conversation partner will assist with pronunciation strategies, cross cultural questions, and strategies for working with the social and academic support systems available on campus.

Culture and learning

Participants will be introduced to MNSU culture and learning expectations as well as strategies that will help them become successful learners as they move toward enrollment as full time university students.

For enrollment information please visit the Center for English Language Programs website or contact:

Dr. Glen Poupore
Assistant Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics
Director of the Center for English Language Programs
Minnesota State University, Mankato