Admission to Michigan State University is open to all candidates on the basis of academic preparation and ability, and the availability of space in the desired academic program, and without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age, or (in the case of U. S. citizens) financial need.
The applicant for admission at the graduate level must:
- Complete the Online Application for Admission to Graduate Study, submit it with a credit card number or by electronic check or money order to cover the application fee. Send all additional materials directly to the department, school or program to which admission is sought.
- Request the registrar of each college or university attended to send one copy of each official transcript (translated into English, if needed) directly to the department, school or program to which admission is sought. Transcripts of work taken at Michigan State University need not be requested.
- Have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to the chairperson or director of the department or school to which admission is sought.
- Take any examinations required by the college and department or school and have the testing agency forward official results to the department or school to which admission is sought. For additional information, refer to the appropriate college and department or school section of this catalog.
- Fulfill any additional requirements and procedures of the college and department or school to which admission is sought.
To ensure full consideration, the application for admission, the application fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and other required documents must be received by the appropriate offices at least nine months prior to the anticipated first semester of enrollment.
If the applicant is also applying for financial aid, the application materials must be received nine months prior to the first semester of enrollment.
An application for an assistantship, fellowship, or scholarship for a fall semester is assured of full consideration if received before January 1, of that year, unless the application is for a special form of financial aid carrying an earlier deadline date. Some awards of financial aid are made earlier than January 1, and the applicant is therefore encouraged to file the application as early as possible.
Applications for loans for new students are made through the Office of Financial Aid and should be returned to that office before April 1, except for such loans as may carry a later deadline date.
See the General Information, Policies, Procedures and Regulations section of this catalog for further details.
Concurrent Application to a Graduate Program
Applicants seeking admission to a graduate program may apply to two programs concurrently in order to seek admission to the program that is the appropriate field of study for their needs. Submission of applications concurrently may be for any two programs selected from master’s degree programs, educational specialist degree programs, graduate certificate (Type 2) programs, and/or doctoral degree programs. For each program, the applicant must file a separate application and pay a separate application fee.