Applicants from Canada and Mexico

Applicants from Canada and Mexico are not required to submit an international student deposit fee. Applicants from Canada or Mexico who apply for admission to any of Kettering University’s Distance Learning Graduate Programs must complete/submit the following information:

  • Complete admission application online at Kettering application
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please have official scores sent to Kettering University’s Office of Graduate Studies, Code 1246.  Photocopies will not be accepted. Our minimum score requirements are: TOEFL: Paper-based: 550, Computer-based: 213, Internet-based: 79; IELTS: Minimum Ban score of 6.0;

  • Official transcripts from an accredited U.S. university or international equivalent;
  • All other admission materials as required by the respective degree program (ie Letters of Recommendation, which are available during the online application process);

International Applicants from locations other than Canada and Mexico

Please follow these instructions if you are not a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico. This convenient checklist can assist you in completing your admissions packet. To ensure that you include all necessary materials for your desired program, refer to the specific degree program admission requirements in the Kettering University Graduate Program catalog. An admission decision will only be made for students who have completed their undergraduate program. 

Application for Admission

Complete and sign the Application Form available online at Kettering application.

Transcript Credential Evaluation 

A Document-by-Document credential evaluation of undergraduate transcripts is required for admission. A Document-by-Document evaluation identifies and describes each credential in terms of its principal elements: name of credential, requirements for entry and program length, and expresses an equivalency in terms of U.S. education. The fee for this service will be at the expense of the student. We accept evaluations from companies that are recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluating Services (NACES). For this listing please go to 


All application packets should contain a copy of your passport if available.


Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please have official scores sent to Kettering University’s Office of Graduate Studies, Code 1246.

Photocopies will not be accepted. Our minimum score requirements are: TOEFL: Paper-based: 550, Computer-based: 213, Internet-based: 79; IELTS: Minimum Ban score of 6.0. 

Statement of Financial Support 

International student applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of intended study. We require an original certified bank statement in U.S. currency reflecting $43,000 ($54,000 for MBA) in a savings account.  Neither scholarship funds nor financial aid are available for international students at Kettering University.

If your educational expenses will be funded by a parent or family member, you will also need to provide an Affidavit of Financial Support. This form is available by contacting the Graduate Office at

Official Transcripts 

Request all official transcripts (unopened, original transcripts from all undergraduate studies) be mailed directly from your previous college/university to Kettering University. The minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for full admission is 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, or its International equivalent, and provisional admission can be considered for 2.5-2.99 on a 4.0 grading scale. 

We will NOT accept copies or facsimiles of transcripts, nor will we accept any transcripts except official transcripts mailed directly from your university to Kettering University.

Engineering applicants must possess a degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET-accredited program or an international equivalent. A credential evaluation is required for International transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the Engineering programs and the Lean Manufacturing program only. 

NOTE: Standardized admission tests (GMAT, GRE) are NOT required for admission.

Mail all materials to:

Office of Admissions
Kettering University
1700 University Avenue
Flint, MI 48504-6214 USA 

For MBA, Engineering Management, and Operations Management Programs ONLY

Students entering these programs must have completed courses in specified areas (economics, statistics, management, marketing, and finance/accounting). A course in these areas must have been passed with a C or better. Applicants who do not have this background may either complete the required prerequisite courses through Kettering University in these areas, or demonstrate their knowledge by successfully passing appropriate qualifying exams at Kettering University.

International Admission Deadlines

Due to the length of time required to process international admission packets (including receiving an I-20), we recommend that you submit your materials at least two terms before you wish to begin taking classes. 

Application Deadline dates are:

Summer Term: March 15; international student deposit of $350 due June 15
Fall Term: June 15; international student deposit of $350 due September 1
Winter Term: September 15; international deposit of $350 due December 1
Spring Term: December 15; international deposit of $350 due March

Notification of Admission

Applicants will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision. Once all materials are received at Kettering University, please allow approximately six (6) weeks for processing your application and to receive notification.

Note: This decision simply grants or denies admission into the graduate program. Issuing an I-20 is a separate process and may require additional information. For information regarding the I-20 process, contact the Office of International Programs at or (810) 762-9801.

International Student Deposit Fee

A deposit fee of $350 (U.S. Dollars) is due upon notification of acceptance and no later than 30 days before the start of the term in which you will enroll. Please make all checks payable to Kettering University. Checks or money orders must be issued in U.S. funds and drawn from a U.S. bank account.  Or you may pay for your deposit fee online through PeerTransfer by clicking here or by clicking on the link below:

International Applicants

International applicants must demonstrate and provide evidence of their ability to meet all educational and living expenses (tuition, room and board, etc.) for the entire period of their intended stay before Kettering University can issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20). Evidence may include a statement from a legitimate financial institution reflecting a minimum of $43,000 (MBA $54,000) (U.S. dollars) in a savings account to pay expenses while attending Kettering University. Medical insurance, including repatriation and evacuation coverage, is required for all international students and must be purchased through Kettering University.

Prior to registering for classes, full payment for tuition must be made for the term in which the student is enrolling. Funds remitted or provided for payment must be drawn from a U.S. Bank. 

Graduate Assistantship

A limited number of teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available for resident students. These are awarded on a competitive basis. 

An applicant must meet all admission requirements and be fully admitted in order to be eligible for an assistantship. The major departments select assistants according to the qualifications of the applicants and the needs of the departments. Applicants who are interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship should contact the degree granting department when notification of full admittance has been received. Kettering University does not discriminate by reason of an individual’s race, color, sex, creed, age, handicap, or national origin.

Please note that not all graduate degree programs are available for assistantships within specific departments. The department sponsoring the assistantship has final approval and may require a specific major.

Graduate Fellowship

Each engineering department may grant a given number of fellowships per year to resident students. Recipients are selected according to each department’s own criteria. The provost makes the final decision on the number of fellowships to be awarded and which candidates receive fellowships. The maximum award for a fellowship covers half of the student’s tuition for two graduate courses (8 credits) per term.

Graduate Scholarships and Financial Assistance

There are no scholarships or financial assistance available through Kettering University to international students.  A very limited number of Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships may be available to provide financial support for those select few who are granted a fellowship or assistantship through our highly competitive process.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA): 

Students remain in good standing when they maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Students falling below the minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and the minimum last term GPA of 3.0 are placed on probation and/or dismissed from Kettering University.  You are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while at Kettering University.

Maximum timeframe for degree completion:

Must complete the program within 6 consecutive years.

Tuition and Other payments:

As an International student, you may utilize our PeerTransfer payment system to make payments on your international student deposit of $350, tuition, and other university-related costs.  Click here or use the button below to find out more about the process or to begin the payment process: