Graduate Admission Requirements

All application requirements are reviewed holistically by the academic department.

Kettering University does not discriminate by reason of an individual’s race, color, sex, creed, age, handicap, or national origin. No one is admitted to a Kettering University Graduate Program without a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university/college or it’s International equivalent.


Special Statement on English Proficiency Testing

Many English-language proficiency test centers have temporarily closed due to COVID-19. A TOEFL Special Home Edition is now available to students in most countries and IELTS is posting updates regularly. For students without access to either TOEFL or IELTS, Kettering University is now accepting results from the Duolingo English Test as well. See below for further details.  


  • Upon matriculation you will be required to submit final official transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Kettering University undergraduate students do not need to submit their Kettering transcripts, but are required to submit transcripts from any other university.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants with international credentials submit a professional evaluation. We advise that you use Educational Perspectives but you may select any service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Credential evaluations expedite the decision process and assist in determining funding award offers. In some cases, international students may be required to submit a credential evaluation -- the Admissions Office will contact students when an evaluation is required. This evaluation will be at the expense of the student.
  • Credentials not issued in English must be translated by a professional translation service such as any found here:
  • For Indian credentials, consolidated marksheets are not acceptable. Please provide individual marksheets except in the case of those coming from any of the IITs.

Letters of Recommendation

When applying, you will be prompted to enter email addresses of those individuals providing your letters of recommendation. Kettering University will contact these individuals directly to provide a recommendation letter. Alternatively, these individuals may email free-form letters of recommendation to

Standardized Testing

The admissions committee generally looks for a composite GRE score of at least 300 (verbal and quantitative reasoning) along with an analytical writing score of 3.0.

International 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), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), MELAB (offered by University of Michigan), or complete level 112 at an approved ELS center. Please have official scores sent to Kettering University's Office of Admissions, Code 1246. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Our minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL - 79 
  • IELTS - Minimum Band score of 6.0
  • MELAB - 76
  • Duolingo English Test - 105 (followed by a satisfactory spoken interview with a Kettering University TESOL trained instructor is sufficient if TOEFL and IELTS are unavailable)

Students that do not meet English language proficiency requirements are encouraged to continue their application to Kettering University. Students found to be academically admissible may be conditionally admitted to the University. In these cases, students can enroll in Kettering University's accredited ESLP (English as a Second Language Program) and, once English language proficiency is demonstrated, can then matriculate directly into their graduate degree programs. Students of Kettering’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) will benefit from STEM-focused instruction and immersion in our campus community. 

Additional International Application Requirements

International applicants must also provide the following documents:

  • Copy of a valid and current passport
  • Financial Support Documents

International applicants for on-campus programs must document their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the entire period of intended study. You must complete and submit the following documents:

  • Bank and/or financial statements reflecting a minimum of $49,688 US in available accounts, when combined with the total of scholarship award offered.
  • If your educational expenses will be funded by a parent or family member, you will also need to provide an Affidavit of Financial Support.
  • If being issued an educational loan you must submit a copy of the award letter.
  • Please keep in mind, we must receive your documents approximately six weeks prior to the start of your term.

Suggested Timeline for Document Submission

Starting Academic Term Submit Application Deadline
Fall Term (October) September 15
Winter Term (January) December 15
Spring Term (April) March 15
Summer Term (July) June 15

Your supporting credentials may be mailed to our office:

Kettering University
Office of Admissions
1700 University Ave.
Flint, MI 48504

Please email your supporting documents to Kimberlie Dolan at