What TOEFL Scores Do You Need to Get Admitted to the Best Universities in the US?

What TOEFL Scores Do You Need to Get Admitted to the Best Universities in the US?

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If you're planning to do a master's degree in the US and you're not a native English speaker, then you'll need to do a test to demonstrate your English proficiency before applying for your master's course. The TOEFL is a popular English assessment which is commonly used by international students when applying to universities in the US.

But what is an appropriate TOEFL score for applying to a master's course? What kind of score will help you to get accepted? To give you a feel for the kind of TOEFL score that you need, we're listing the required scores for applying to master's programs in economics, business, and finance at some of the top institutions in the US.


Boston University

MA in Economic Policy, Boston University

“If an applicant has taken the internet-based test, the scores on each individual section should be, at a minimum:

Reading           21

Listening          18

Speaking          23

Writing              22

Total score        84

For the TOEFL paper-based test, applicants must achieve, at a minimum, a score of 550.”




Master in Economics, Stanford University

“A minimum iBT TOEFL score of 100 is required. TOEFL scores are waived for applicants who have received a degree from a post-secondary institution where instruction was given in English.”

Yale University

MA in International and Development Economics, Yale University

“100 on the internet-based TOEFL

600 on the paper-based TOEFL

250 on the computer-based TOEFL”


Stanford business school

MBA, Graduate School of Business at Stanford University

“100 for the internet-based test (iBT)

600 for the paper-based test (PBT)”



MBA, Harvard Business School

“HBS does not have a minimum test score to apply, however, the MBA Admissions Board discourages any candidate with a TOEFL score lower than 109 on the IBT, an IELTS score lower than 7.5, or a PTE score lower than 75 from applying.”


MIT Sloan

Master of Finance, MIT Sloan

“A minimum TOEFL Internet-based score of 90 (577 paper-based) is required”



Master of Finance, Princeton

“Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL... Admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton.”



Master of Science in Financial Economics, Columbia

“A minimum score of 100 on the online portion or 600 on the written portion.”

Required TOEFL scores for these programs are typically in the 80 to 100 range.

For more information on applying for master's degrees and other tips for students, see our website at INOMICS.COM.

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