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Highly respected and accredited, Kettering University Graduate Programs are convenient and designed with you in mind. Kettering delivers you rigorous, respected, and practical graduate programs.

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Kettering University has continuous enrollment and the majority of our programs can be started during any term.  


International Deadline

Domestic Deadline

Summer (mid July-September)March 15June 15
Fall (early October-December)June 15September 1
Winter (early January-March)September 15December 1
Spring (early April-June)December 15March 1

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Complete an application and send us your transcripts today. International students 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).

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Admission Requirements

All degree programs require a completed application, a GPA of 3.0 or higher or its international equivalent, and official transcripts before an admissions decision can be made. Letters of recommendation are required for the Masters in Lean Manufacturing and the Masters in Engineering programs. GPAs lower than 3.0 may be granted provisional admission.

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 its International equivalent.


All students applying for admission must submit an official copy of their undergraduate transcripts from an accredited U.S. college or university. An “official transcript” is an unopened, original transcript that is mailed directly from the previous college to Kettering University. International students are required to submit educational documentation to an evaluation service such as WES which is a member of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This will be at the expense of the student. Kettering University undergraduate students do not need to submit their Kettering transcripts, but are required to submit transcripts from any other university.

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the online application, you will be prompted to enter email addresses of those individuals providing your letters of recommendation.  Kettering University will contact these individual directly to provide a recommendation letter template.  Alternatively, these individuals may email free-form letters of recommendation to

Standardized Tests

Kettering University does not require the GMAT, GRE nor any other standardized tests. 

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 centerPlease have official scores sent to Kettering University's Office of Admissions, Code 1246. Photocopies will not be accepted. Our minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL: Paper-based: 550
  • Computer-based: 213
  • Internet-based: 79
  • IELTS: Minimum Band score of 6.0
  • MELAB: 76.

MBA with Engineering Concentrations

Applicants into the MBA program with a concentration in engineering must posses a Bachelor of Science degree from an approved ABET-accredited engineering program.

Additional International Student Requirements

International students must also provide the university before an application is considered complete:

  • Copy of a valid and current passport
  • Statement of Financial Support - international applicants for on-campus programs 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 $45,536 in a savings account. Scholarship funds and financial aid are not 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.

Provisional Admission

Individuals with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be admitted provisionally. These students are required to achieve a 3.0 minimum grade point average during the first two courses of the program.

Submitting Additional Application Materials

Submitting Your Materials

Please mail all of the required materials for your application to:

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

Graduate Assistantships

A Graduate Assistantship provides academically-related employment for eligible graduate students.  Benefits of the program include a stipend and tuition waiver each term. More information can be found in the Graduate Assistant Policy.

Most Graduate Assistantships are offered as Research Assistant (RA) positions on sponsored research projects.  However, there are a few Teaching Assistant (TA) positions on campus as well.  Both types of assistantships can begin at the start of any term based on the need and funding available.

A weekly time commitment of 20 hours is typical; however, actual time commitments for Research Assistants is based on the project requirements.  

Academic departments recruit their own graduate assistants.  The best method to express interest in an assistantship is to communicate with the department head and/or faculty in the department which best aligns with your education and work experience. Email and phone contact information can be found in the directory.  

Additionally, you may complete the Graduate Assistant Application and email to the Office of Sponsored Research.  Applications are retained on file in the Office of Sponsored Research and are available to department heads and faculty upon request. 

To be considered for an assistantship, you must first be accepted in a graduate program at the university.

Admission Decisions

Please allow up to four (4) weeks for review of your application materials. An application packet will not be reviewed until all required materials have been received. The Academic Department Review Committee will not review an admission file until it contains all required materials.

Most applicants should receive a written decision via postal mail within 2-4 weeks (international decisions may take 6 weeks). Holidays, days of Kettering University closings, excessive flow of applications, and other similar occurrences may cause a delay in pending decisions.

International students accepted to the university are required to complete an I-20. 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

International students must pay a deposit fee of $350 (U.S. Dollars) prior to beginning classes.  The $350 deposit will be applied in full to the student’s first term course registration.

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

Deposit Fee Deadlines

Start Term

Deposit Due

SummerJune 15
FallSeptember 1
WinterDecember 1
SpringMarch 1