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need an academic advisor should contact the program center for information. International students’ credentials may require review by an external evaluator. If review is necessary, appropriate forms will be provided.

Demonstrating English Competency at the Graduate Level. International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English language competency by one of the following methods:

  • 1.

    Achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), ad- ministered in various countries and the United States and other countries by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151: a minimum score of 213 CBT, 550 PBT, or 79 iBT is required for admission. At the graduate level, exceptions may be granted by teh Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. TOEFL scores must be reported to the admissions specialist for Off- Campus Programs.

    • Other tests will be evaluated individually, and if ac- cepted, minimum scores will be established by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Scores should be reported to the admissions specialist of ProfEd.

  • 2.

    Satisfactory completion in a course of study (for example, high school or baccalaureate degree) where the language of instruction is English.

  • 3.

    Successful completion (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent) of at least 12 credit hours of work in a recog- nized graduate program where the language of instruction is English.

  • 4.

    Employment in the United States at a professional level for at least two years, verified by a statement from the student’s current or past employer that the student is competent in the English language. Competency must be confirmed by an interview with the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or her or his designee.

  • 5.

    Employment at a professional level for at least four years in a position that relies on the use of English. Applicant must submit a statement that English is the language of her or his professional work, verified by a statement from the applicant’s employer that the student is competent in the English language. Competency must be confirmed by an interview with the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or her or his designee.

Doctoral Degree Candidacy

Admission to graduate study does not imply Admission to Can- didacy for a doctoral degree. Admission to Candidacy is granted only after the applicant has:

  • 1.

    Fulfilled all the prerequisites for admission to the degree program;

  • 2.

    Fulfilled all special requirements, such as admissions tests, letters of recommendation, and additional student back- ground information specified by the department;

  • 3.

    Submitted an Authorization of Degree Program - Doctoral form approved and signed by the advisor.

  • 4.

    Completed most of the prescribed coursework for the de- gree with a cumulative graduate grade point average of

3.0 or higher, satisfied any research or professional tool requirements established by the department, and passed a comprehensive examination conducted and evaluated by the student's examination committee;


Filed an Admission to Candidacy - Doctoral Degree form approved by the advisor and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.



Alumni Course Audit

Alumni who have earned a graduate degree from Central Michi- gan University may audit any off-campus program course at the special rate of $100 per course on a space-available basis, at any site where courses are open to the general public. Where courses are closed to the general public, alumni otherwise eligible to enroll in courses may also audit classes.

Alumni wishing to enroll should contact the program administrator since registration is handled according to the normal procedure where the course is being held. An “Intent to Audit” card will be completed by the registrant, and the $100 fee will be collected at that time by the program administrator. Actual admittance to a class will be contingent upon the availability of classroom space.

Grades are not given for audited courses, no credit is received, and audited courses do not meet any CMU degree or certificate requirements.

Toll-free Information Line

Off-Campus Programs has a toll-free number (1-877-268-4636) available for prospective students seeking general information about the program, and for current students referred to the Mount Pleasant office by their program administrators. The number is answered by an auto-attendant, and callers with touchtone phones may enter the extension number of the office they are calling. Those with rotary dial phones, or those who do not know the extension of the office they want, may stay on the line and an operator will assist them.

Good Standing

To remain an active student after admission, students must be in good standing. Good standing means the student is making satisfactory academic progress (see “Standards of Satisfac- tory Academic Progress”) and has no outstanding debts to the university.

Students who are not in good standing may not be allowed to register for classes. If they have finished their coursework, stu- dents who owe money to the university receive their degree but are unable to receive a copy of their official transcript.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are governed by the university “Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Disciplinary Procedures.” (See Appendix I.) Questions and issues arising under these policies and procedures should be referred directly to the Vice President/Executive Direc- tor, Off-Campus Programs.

The students, faculty, and staff of Central Michigan University constitute an academic community which is committed to the preservation, communication, and discovery of knowledge and to the active pursuit of truth. Consistent with this purpose, the university recognizes its obligation to afford students the oppor- tunity to develop their educational potentials, retaining the right to free exercise of rights and freedoms as citizens. Such opportunity should be limited only by the necessity of ensuring equality of opportunity to all students and by the corollary requirement of orderly operation of the educational processes. Each member of the Central Michigan University community assumes an obliga- tion regarding self-conduct to act in a manner consistent with a respect for the rights of others and with the university’s function as an educational institution; this includes, but is not limited to, students may not bring their children to class, and should have their cell phones turned off during class. As guides for individual action within this community, the university affirms certain general principles of conduct. The principles serve as the basis for regula- tions concerning student conduct.

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