Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 530 (or at least 197 on the computer-based TOEFL test). International students may also submit IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores in lieu of the TOEFL. The ISU Graduate College minimum is 6.0. Individual graduate programs may require higher TOEFL or IELTS scores for admission.
New teaching assistants whose native language is not English are evaluated before their first teaching assignment using the SPEAK and TEACH tests. These tests are administered by the Graduate College before the beginning of each semester. The Graduate Coordinator has information.
There is no on-campus residence requirement for the M.S. degree other than that dictated by course work.
It is expected that work for the M.S. degree shall be completed within 5 years. In special cases the student's POS committee may recommend that the Graduate Dean extend this time limit.
Thirty semester credits of acceptable graduate work must be completed, not less than 22 of which must be earned from ISU. A program of study (POS) (developed by the student, major professor, and the Program of Study committee) should be submitted for approval by the end of the second semester. Graduate credits earned at another institution (or through a distance education program) may be transferred if the grade was B or better. Such courses must be acceptable toward an advanced degree at that institution and must have been taught by individuals having faculty status at that institution. These credits may be included in the program of study, with committee approval.
Students may declare a formal minor in any department or interdepartmental unit authorized to grant such minors. Requirements for declared minors are determined by the minor department or program and coordinated by the faculty member representing the minor department on the POS committee. For a minor to appear on the transcript, it must be approved on the POS and listed on all examination reports and the diploma slip.
Final Oral Exam A final oral examination must be held by the deadline date for the semester in which the degree is granted. All coursework in the program of study must either be completed or in progress before the final oral examination can be scheduled. This examination is oral; it may also include a written component if specified by the student’s program of study (POS) committee.
NREM M.S. Degree Requirements