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Special Admission Considerations

International Student Admission
Guidelines for International Applicants
TOEFL Scores
Admission of CMU Faculty and Staff
Admission with Baccalaureate from Schools without Recognized Standing
Accelerated Master's Degree Program
Military Service Commission
Off Campus Enrollment
Duration of Admission Status: Time for Completion of Degree
Changing Degree Programs
Recomputing Grade Point Average
Registration Information
Registration Procedure
Campus ID Card
Internships, Practica, Independent Studies, Theses, Dissertations
Auditing Courses
Change of Registration (Drop/Add)
Withdrawing from a Class After the Drop/Add Period
Withdrawing from the University
Academic Load

International Student Admission
International applications for admission require longer processing time than other applications. Prospective students should be certain to allow ample time for documents to be sent to the College of Graduate Studies and should recognize that notice of admission may take longer than expected to reach them. Also, certain programs have application deadlines, usually early in the year, and this should be taken into consideration when applying for admission.

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Guidelines for International Applicants

  1. At least six months before the beginning of the semester in which he or she wishes to begin study, an applicant who is a citizen of a country other than the United States must submit an International Graduate Student Application for Admission along with the $45 application fee. (U.S. citizens and international applicants who are permanent residents of the U.S. need not use the International Student Application, but should submit a Domestic Application for Admission instead.) At that same time, the applicant must submit directly to the College of Graduate Studies one official copy of all diplomas and transcripts, as well as the corresponding official English translations of any non-English documents, from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  2. The cost for one academic year (nine months) of graduate study in 2004-05 was approximately $19,200 for master's/specialist's level students and $19,851 for doctoral level students. These figures do not include initial travel expenses or any summer expenses, including tuition, fees, or living expenses. Applicants must show proof of sufficient funding for at least their first academic year of study. Proof of funding consists of a completed Financial Support Form and an original copy of a current bank statement. Most international students are eligible for graduate assistantships, as well as some fellowships, but the university has no other funding for international students and assumes no financial responsibility for them at any time. For more information on financial aid opportunities, see the Financial Aid Section of this Bulletin.
  3. Students must submit a complete Central Michigan University medical information form when they arrive on campus.
  4. All international students are required to have an approved health and accident insurance policy for the duration of their study. If a student already has health insurance, he or she must provide an English translation of the insurance policy as proof. If the policy is equal to or better than the CMU plan, the student will not be required to purchase other insurance.
  5. All prospective students must demonstrate competency in the English language in one of the following ways:
    1. Achievement of a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered in the U.S. and other countries by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-615. Score requirements are explained later in this section. Requests to substitute another test will be evaluated individually with minimum scores to be established by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies when necessary.
    2. Satisfactory completion of a course of study (for example, high school or baccalaureate degree) in which the language of instruction was English.
    3. Successful completion (grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent) of at least twelve credit hours of work in a recognized graduate program in which the language of instruction was English.
    4. Employment at a professional level outside the United States for at least four years, with written verification by the student's current or former employer of the student's competency in English. A student meeting the English proficiency requirement using this standard will be subject to the same requirements as those with TOEFL scores are between 173 and 210 computer-based testing (CBT) or 500 and 549 paper-based testing (PBT). (See TOEFL Scores)
    5. Employment in the United States at a professional level for at least two years in a position that relies on the use of English, with written verification by the student's current or former employer of the student's competency in English. A student meeting the English proficiency requirement using this standard will be subject to the same requirements as those whose TOEFL scores are between 173 and 210 CBT or 500 and 549 PBT. (See TOEFL Scores)
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TOEFL Scores
Beginning in September, 2005, a new TOEFL scoring system will be phased in. Scoring requirements stated below and in various program sections of this bulletin are currently in effect (Summer 2005), but will be revised in accordance with the new scoring system. Please contact the College of Graduate Studies for information.

Applicants with TOEFL scores of 213 CBT or 550 PBT and above may be granted regular admission. Some programs, however, require higher TOEFL scores and others require all admitted international students to take an English proficiency test after arriving on campus.

Applicants with TOEFL scores from 173 to 210 CBT or 500 to 549 PBT may be granted conditional admission. Upon arrival at the university, they will be required to take an English proficiency test administered by CMU's English Language Institute (ELI). The results of the test will be used to determine the number of courses they will be required to take through the ELI. Such conditionally admitted students will be allowed to take a restricted number of courses in their academic disciplines concurrently with the ELI courses and must complete all required ELI courses by the end of their first year at CMU. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies, these restrictions will be removed. Please note that students are required to pay tuition for ELI courses just as they would for any other CMU course.

Applicants with TOEFL scores below 173 CBT or 500 PBT may be granted admission to the ELI only. If requested, however, the College of Graduate Studies will have their academic credentials evaluated and they will be told of the likelihood of their future admission to their academic program pending improvement of their English skills. Upon arrival at the university, they will be required to take an English proficiency test to determine which ELI courses they must take. Once satisfactory proficiency in English has been demonstrated, as determined by ELI policies, and once the applicant satisfies department, college, and university requirements, these students may be granted either regular or conditional admission to the College of Graduate Studies and the academic program.

NOTE: International students must comply with Department of Homeland Security regulations. Upon arrival at CMU, all international students must report to the office of International Education in the Bovee University Center.

Admission of CMU Faculty and Staff
A faculty member or administrator (PA) at CMU may not be admitted to a graduate degree or certificate program or earn a graduate degree or certificate in a program in his or her own department. A faculty member or administrator (PA) at CMU may be admitted to a graduate degree or certificate program and earn a graduate degree or certificate in a program in his/her own college, provided that he/she has written permission from the dean of his/her college. The written permission will be retained in the student's file in the College of Graduate Studies. Faculty members and administrators may be admitted to degree or certificate programs which are outside their own college.

Faculty members and administrators in Off-campus Degree Programs may pursue a graduate degree or certificate through Off-Campus Programs provided that he/she has permission from the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Admission with Baccalaureate from Schools without Recognized Standing
An applicant who holds a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an institution which does not have recognized academic standing may be granted regular or conditional admission to a degree program on the recommendation of the chairperson of the academic department concerned and the concurrence of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or, optionally, non-degree admission at the discretion of the dean. Such an admissions decision will be based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications, acceptable evidence of the institution’s competence in the student’s principal areas of preparation, and other relevant factors. If granted conditional or non-degree admission, the student may be required to complete a number of hours of graduate or upper-level undergraduate qualifying course work at CMU in the proposed field of study with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher to become eligible to apply for regular admission to a degree or certificate program. An applicant admitted with such a stipulation is advised to consult the chairperson of the department in which he or she wishes to study for help in selecting appropriate qualifying courses. No department, however, is obligated to accept the applicant upon the completion of qualifying course work if, in its judgment, the applicant is still not appropriately prepared for degree or certificate work. Qualifying course work clearly stipulated as preparatory to normal degree or certificate requirements may not thereafter be counted toward any graduate degree or certificate program.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Program
The Accelerated Master's Degree Program (AMDP) allows students to reduce the total number of credits required to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees by applying up to 12 credits (500 and 600 level courses) towards graduation requirements on both degree programs. Generally, courses required on the undergraduate major may not be counted on the graduate program. Students must enroll for the courses at the graduate level and may not be enrolled in more than 15 credit hours (graduate and undergraduate combined) per semester. Not all programs offer the Accelerated Master's Degree Program; a master's degree granting program must be approved through the curricular process, to offer an Accelerated Master's Degree.

Admission Procedures. Each program will determine admission criteria, which will be at least as rigorous as admission requirements for admission to the master's program, and procedures for its Accelerated Master's Degree. Generally, students will apply during their junior year for admission into the Accelerated Master's Degree Program to begin fall semester of their senior year. In most cases, the baccalaureate degree will be awarded within one year after admission into the Accelerated Master's Degree Program. Prior to earning the baccalaureate degree, students must earn at least a "B" in each course which applies to the graduate degree; if students do not earn a "B" in each course which applies to graduate degree, they must apply for readmission into the master's program.

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Military Service Commission
A commission in the United States Army may be obtained while enrolled in graduate school. Interested individuals should contact the chairperson of the Military Science Department, telephone (989) 774-3049.

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Off Campus Enrollment
Students who have been admitted to the College of Graduate Studies may enroll in graduate courses scheduled through Off-Campus Programs.

Non-degree admission is available for students who wish to take continuing education courses without pursuing a degree or certificate.

Courses taken through Off-Campus Programs may count toward the satisfaction of requirements in appropriate authorized graduate degree or certificate programs. It is the student’s responsibility to consult his or her advisor to determine which courses will apply in specific programs.

NOTE: International students who are issued an I-20 to pursue graduate studies at CMU are restricted to taking classes on the Mt. Pleasant campus unless there is a compelling and legitimate academic objective that will be achieved by taking the class through Off-Campus Programs. The director of the student's graduate program must approve any off-campus course work.

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Duration of Admission Status: Time for Completion of Degree
After admission to a graduate program of study, students are expected to complete degree or certificate requirements in a responsible and timely manner. For full-time students, two calendar years should be adequate for the completion of most master’s degree programs; five calendar years should be adequate for the completion of most doctoral programs. Part-time students may need a somewhat longer period to meet these requirements, but in all instances, course work and other requirements must be completed within the following time limitations:

  1. within four years prior to the award of a graduate certificate;
  2. within seven years prior to the award of a master's or specialist's degree;
  3. within eight years prior to the award of a doctoral degree if the student had a relevant graduate degree when beginning the program; and
  4. within ten years prior to the award of a doctoral degree if the student began doctoral study without a relevant prior graduate degree. Extension of the time to complete degree or certificate requirements will be granted rarely and only if steady progress toward the degree or certificate is evident or if there are clearly extenuating circumstances and the student can demonstrate current knowledge in the subject matter under question.

The granting of an extension will be at the discretion of the graduate dean and will occur only after compelling support has been provided by the student, the thesis director and/or advisor, and the graduate coordinator and/or chair of the department in which the degree or certificate will be awarded. Forms requesting an extension of time are available in the graduate studies office.

Admission to the College of Graduate Studies is valid for four to ten years (depending on the degree or certificate sought) after the date of first admission, except by cancellation for cause, or by one of the following provisions:

  1. Degree or Certificate Recipients. The student’s admission to the College of Graduate Studies is terminated upon completion of all requirements for a degree or certificate. (This provision does not apply to students who earn a master’s degree while enrolled in a doctoral program, or to students who earn a certificate while enrolled in a master's or doctoral program.) To resume graduate study thereafter on a second degree program or as a non-degree student, the student may apply for readmission by submitting an Application for Admission.
  2. Termination of Admission. This policy is explained under the “Duration of Admission Status,” noted above.
  3. Inactive Status. If a student does not register for the initial graduate work within one year after the date of admission to the College of Graduate Studies, or if in completing one or more courses the student earns no further graduate credit at this university for three consecutive years, the student is classified as inactive and the admission is terminated. If the student has completed one or more courses, the permanent record card is retained by the Registrar. The student may thereafter apply for readmission to resume graduate study at a later date by submitting an Application for Admission and supplying all other documents requested by the department concerned. Effective in 1991, the College of Graduate Studies retains original application materials for 7 years (unless the degree or certificate is awarded), so transcripts that were submitted with the original application do not need to be resubmitted. If a student became inactive prior to 1991, check with the graduate studies office to determine whether transcripts must be submitted from other universities.

    If a student does not earn graduate credit at CMU for seven consecutive years, the student’s original application, letters, transcripts from other universities, and other materials will be destroyed. If one wishes to apply for readmission after that length of time, all materials, including a new application, transcripts and other documents requested by the department will need to be submitted.
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Changing Degree Programs
To change graduate programs, the student should send a completed Request for Change of Program form, along with a check for $30.00 to the College of Graduate Studies. The request will be forwarded to the new department for approval. Acceptance into one graduate program does not guarantee acceptance into another.

If the program change is approved, the student should meet with the new advisor and complete a new Authorization of Graduate Degree or Certificate Program form.

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Recomputing Grade Point Average
Students who transfer from one graduate program to another may file a Recomputation of Grade Point Average Petition. If approved by the advisor, department chair, and Dean of Graduate Studies all courses completed on the original graduate program will be disallowed on the second program plan, all grades on previous course work will be disregarded, and the students will begin the new program with no cumulative grade point average. The Recomputation of Grade Point Average Petition must be filed within one calendar year of beginning the new program.

NOTE: All courses will still remain on the student’s transcript although the grades will not contribute to the grade point average.

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Registration Information
Students are eligible to enroll in graduate level courses after they receive their admission letter. The letter will show whether they are approved for Regular, Conditional, Provisional, Non-Degree, or Concurrent admission. Initial registration must occur within one calendar year of the admission date or the student will need to reapply.

The information you need regarding dates and procedures for Phase I registration (course selection), Phase II registration, and change of registration for a particular semester is published by the Registrar’s Office in the Class Schedule. The CMU Class Schedule is available in the Bovee University Center Bookstore or the Registrar’s Office. Newly admitted students who live outside of Mount Pleasant can obtain a copy by calling the College of Graduate Studies. Registration for fall semester takes place from March to July and again in August; for spring semester, it takes place from October to November and again in January; and registration for summer sessions takes place from February to March and again in May and June. Exact dates are printed in the Class Schedule or may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office, 299 Warriner Hall, (989) 774-3261.

NOTE: The University reserves the right to withdraw any class in which too few students enroll.

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Registration Procedure
Graduate students may register any time during the registration period. It is recommended that they register during the special computer time reserved for graduate students. The procedures for Student Telephone Assisted Registration (S.T.A.R.), the phone-in registration procedures, are described in the Class Schedule. With phone-in registration, a student can complete the registration process from anywhere in the world. However, before registering for courses, students should verify that they meet the prerequisites. This is particularly true for internships, practica, independent studies, and thesis/dissertation credits.

CAUTION: Students should always consult their advisors to determine which classes to take.

NOTE: Occasionally a student who is trying to register is told that there is a “hold” on his or her registration. Students who receive this message should contact the College of Graduate Studies at (989) 774-GRAD to determine the cause of the hold.

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Campus ID Card
Once you have initially registered for courses at Central Michigan University you will need to get a photo identification card, available from the Campus (CHIP) ID office in Bovee University Center. This campus ID card allows students to use the various student services described in this bulletin. Banking services using the CHIP ID card are also available. Contact the Campus (CHIP) ID Office for additional information.

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Internships, Practica, Independent Studies, Theses, Dissertations
Students registering for internships, practica, independent studies, theses or dissertations should be aware that these courses ordinarily require permission of the instructor and/or department chairperson prior to registration. Specific registration requirements for each course will appear in the Bulletin description; these requirements must be observed. In addition, students may not enroll for more than three credits of thesis or doctoral dissertation until the project prospectus has been approved at the department level and the composition of the committee has been verified by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Auditing Courses
If you do not wish to take a graduate course for credit you may register as an auditor, provided you obtain approval from the chairperson of the department prior to registration and are otherwise qualified. To qualify to audit a graduate course on or off campus you must meet the usual admission requirements for courses at or above the 600 level. No credit or grade is granted for an audited course, but such credit as the course normally would carry is included as part of your total load. No change from regular registration to audit nor from audit to regular registration is permitted after the completion of the Drop and Add period. Your responsibility to the class being audited is determined by the instructor of the class. Auditors pay the same fees required of students taking the course for credit.

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Change of Registration (Drop/Add)
Students may drop or add classes using the Student Telephone Assisted Registration system (S.T.A.R.) during the times listed for drop and add. They may also drop or add classes in the lower level of the Bovee University Center during the walk-in registration period. Dropping or adding classes after the official drop/add period is permitted only in exceptional situations and requires the approval of the department chairperson. Information regarding dates for the Drop and Add Period for a particular semester or session can be found in the appropriate Class Schedule.

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Withdrawing from a Class After the Drop/Add Period
The following procedures apply to students who desire to withdraw from a class after the official Drop/Add period listed in the Class Schedule.

  1. Students should obtain a Withdrawal Request Card from the Registrar’s Office, ask the instructor to sign it, and return the card to the Registrar’s Office. A student has officially withdrawn from a class when the Registrar’s Office receives a properly completed card, before the published deadline.
  2. Students will receive W’s as an indicator of withdrawal through the tenth week of the fall or spring semester or through the midpoint of all courses shorter than one semester. No course may be dropped after this time.
  3. In cases involving academic dishonesty, withdrawal is not an option and the determination of the grade shall be left to the discretion of the instructor.
  4. If an instructor refuses to sign the card, or is not available, the student may appeal informally to the department chairperson. This policy does not supersede the Academic Integrity Policy.
  5. Under unusual circumstances, a student may appeal to the Registrar for exceptions to this policy. If a waiver is made, the Registrar shall notify the instructor of this action. The Registrar’s actions may be appealed to the Dean of Students.
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Withdrawing from the University
Graduate students who wish to withdraw from the university should consult the Registrar's Office in order to fulfill all requirements for withdrawing. The schedule of fee refunds is published in the university’s Undergraduate Bulletin and in the Class Schedule for each university session.

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Academic Load
The College of Graduate Studies considers a normal load for full-time resident study to be 9-12 hours in the fall or spring semester and 4-6 hours in a six-week summer session. A graduate student may not enroll for more than 15 graduate credits in the fall or spring semester, nor may the student enroll for more than 15 credits in the two summer sessions combined. Exceptions to the limitation are automatic for programs (e.g., Physical Therapy; Physician's Assistant) that require more credits in a given semester. Other exceptions to the limitation require approval of the graduate advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Credits for thesis or dissertation are not counted in this total.

To qualify for financial benefits as a full-time student under programs of the Veteran’s Administration, and/or to qualify for financial benefits as a full-time student under programs of the Social Security Administration and/or for certain loan agreements, students must carry a minimum of nine credit hours during the fall and/or spring semester. For shorter sessions, contact the financial aid office for information on minimum loads for full-time status.

Unless financial or immigration requirements necessitate defining a minimum number of hours for status as a full-time graduate student, there is no minimum load requirement for graduate studies. It is expected that students will assess need, ability, and other factors judiciously and register for a class load that permits them to maintain academic standards.

In order to use CMU resources (e.g., computers, laboratories, equipment, faculty) during the regular academic year, graduate students must be registered for a minimum of one credit hour. For students who have completed their course work and no longer have additional credits required on their program, it is suggested that they register for one-credit Continuing Registration for Final Research Project within their home department. This will allow the student use of university resources.

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