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Office of the Provost

Thomas D. Jeitschko, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs provides leadership for matters that affect academic programs, research, and outreach. The Provost is the principal academic officer of the University with administrative responsibility for the colleges including the Michigan State University College of Law, academic programs, and all academic units including the Honors College and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.

The Office of the Provost also has administrative responsibility for academic support units: Undergraduate Education; the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation; International Studies and Programs; the Graduate School; Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs; Enrollment and Academic Strategic Planning (including the Office of Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of the Registrar); Faculty and Academic Staff Development; University Collections and Arts Initiatives; University Health and Wellbeing; Accreditation, Assessment, Curriculum, and Compliance; MSU Libraries; Student-Athlete Support Services; University Outreach and Engagement ; the WorkLife Office; and the Office of Academic Governance.

In addition, the Office has university-wide responsibility for summer session programs, commencement, liaison with academic governance standing committees, and awards for faculty and graduate assistants.

The Office of the Provost has responsibility at the dean’s level for the Department of Aerospace Studies and the Department of Military Science. The two departmental units and selected administrative units are described in the statements which follow.

For more information visit, e-mail, or call 1-517-355-6550.

Department of Aerospace Studies

The United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) or United States Space Force (USSF) while simultaneously attending college. The program consists of three-year, four-year, or five-year academic programs depending on the student's major. The program is broken into two distinct segments; the General Military Corps (GMC) and the Professional Officer Corps (POC), both of which are taken on-campus. In addition, prior to admission into the POC, AFROTC cadets must complete a two--week field training encampment off-campus.

AFROTC classes are held on college campuses in the United States and Puerto Rico, and students register through normal course registration processes.  AFROTC consists of Aerospace Studies classes (Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force, Team and Leadership Fundamentals, Leading People and Effective Communication, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year whereby students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies.  College students enrolled in the AFROTC program are known as “cadets.”  Cadets who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the active duty Air Force.



The AFROTC program offers qualified high school applicants the opportunity to compete for a 4-year scholarship.  The application may be submitted online from July 1st of the student’s junior year through December 31st of their senior year of high school.  Visit for more information and the application for the High School Scholarship program.

In-College Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis for 2 to 3.5 years.  Applicants competing for In-College Scholarships must be enrolled as a cadet and nominated by a member of the detachment cadre (professor, associate, or assistant professors).  Enrollment in AFROTC courses alone does not constitute grounds for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships cover tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a monthly subsistence allowance referred to as a “stipend.”  Stipends range from $300-$500 monthly depending on the student’s academic classification (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior).


General Military Course (GMC)

The GMC consists of four 1-credit courses, normally completed during the freshman and sophomore years.  The AS 100 level, "Heritage and Values of the United States Air Force," is a survey course designed to introduce students to the United States Air Force and provides an overview of the basic characteristics, missions, and organization of the Air Force.  The AS 200 level, "Team and Leadership Fundamentals," focuses on laying the foundation for teams and leadership. The topics include skills that will allow cadets to improve their leadership on a personal level and within a team. The courses will prepare cadets for their field training experience where they will be able to put the concepts learned into practice. The purpose is to instill a leadership mindset and to motivate sophomore students to transition from AFROTC cadet to AFROTC officer candidate.

Students in the three-year program must be concurrently enrolled in both the freshman (100-level) and the sophomore (200-level) courses each semester of their sophomore year.

Portions of the GMC may be accredited for students with prior military experience or for students who transfer from another ROTC program.


Professional Officers Course (POC)

Students are accepted into the POC on a competitive basis provided they have at least two years of full-time undergraduate course work remaining.  Performance in the GMC and the Field Training encampment are among the factors considered.

The POC consists of four 3-credit courses that extend over a two-year period.  The AS 300 level, "Leading People and Effective Communication," teaches cadets advanced skills and knowledge in management and leadership. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing leadership skills and communication. Cadets have an opportunity to try out these leadership and management techniques in a supervised environment as juniors and seniors.  The AS 400 level, "National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty," is designed for college seniors and gives them the foundation to understand their role as military officers in American society. It is an overview of the complex social and political issues facing the military profession and requires a measure of sophistication commensurate with the senior college level. The final semester provides information that will prepare the cadets for Active Duty.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the POC and their degree programs will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Air Force or United States Space Force  and will enter active duty within one year.  Delay of entry to active duty to study at the master’s or doctoral level may be permitted.  There are many career opportunities individuals can qualify for, including but not limited to pilot, space and missile operations, cyberspace operations, engineering, medical and nursing career fields.


Leadership Laboratory

Leadership Laboratory consists of a series of 1-credit hour labs that accompany the academic class each semester throughout the program.  As part of the GMC and POC, the student is a member of an organized cadet corps that conducts a leadership laboratory.  Instruction is conducted within the framework of the cadet corps with a progression of experiences designed to develop each student’s leadership potential.

Field Training

Students in the program compete to attend a two to three-week field training encampment at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.  Students attend this encampment the summer between their sophomore and junior years.  Encampment expenses are paid for by the U.S. Air Force.

Professional Development Training (PDT)

PDTs are an integral component to the AFROTC curriculum and are comprised of outside-the-classroom events intended to motivate and inspire GMC cadets and to further development and enhance leadership skills for POC cadets.  PDTs are designed to progress cadets from academic experience into operational application and understanding of the Air Force.  Opportunities include Summer Programs at or with the United States Air Force Academy such as SOAR, Field Engineering Readiness Laboratory, Operations Air Force at various bases around the globe, or internships with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Force Global Strike Command, to name a few. For more information, visit; email; or call 1-517-355-2168. 


Department of Military Science

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to qualify as commissioned officers in the United States Army. The ROTC program provides preparation for leadership in any profession, military or civilian.


General Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, the student must:

  1. Be of good moral character.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States. (Foreign nationals may enroll by special request.)
  3. Be enrolled as a full–time student at Michigan State University.
  4. Execute an oath of loyalty to the United States.
  5. Not be a conscientious objector.

Additional requirements exist for Advanced Course participation. Contact the Department of Military Science for specific information.

Uniforms and Textbooks

The department provides students with Army uniforms and equipment required for military training. Students also receive all textbooks required for Military Science classes from the department. Upon graduation or dis-enrollment, students must return all materials and equipment to the department.

ROTC Scholarships

The ROTC program offers four-year, three-year, and two-year scholarships to qualified students. An Army ROTC scholarship can provide all or most of the tuition and fees at Michigan State University.  The scholarship also provides an allowance for text books. Scholarship students also receive a monthly allowance for up to ten months per year ranging from $300 to $500. Scholarship students must meet university admissions criteria.

ROTC Basic Course

The Basic Course, normally completed in the freshman and sophomore years, provides the student with a general knowledge of the military's role in our society, and the missions of the Army.  It is possible for a sophomore to complete the Basic Course in one year through prior arrangement with the department. Non-scholarship students incur no military obligation for participating in or completing the Basic Course. Successful completion of the Basic Course is a prerequisite for enrollment in the ROTC Advanced course.  Additionally, selected sophomores and juniors can also qualify for the Basic Course by completing ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY in the summer, or through prior military service, either active or reserve.

ROTC Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is the professional phase of the ROTC program. The Advanced Course includes courses in leadership skills, training and personnel management, ethics, military justice, and military tactics. Students must complete a military history course through the Department of Military Science or through another approved list of MSU approved courses. Military Science IV students must complete a department approved staff ride during their final year of studies. Finally, all Advanced Course cadets must meet the Army standards for physical fitness and height/weight requirements. All Advanced Course students must attend a four–week Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, KY.  Students normally attend the Advanced Camp the summer between their junior and senior years.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Advanced Course requirements and the awarding of the bachelor's degree, the student is eligible for a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, the U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard.

Special Opportunities

Selected students participating in the ROTC program may attend Airborne, Air Assault, Sapper Leader Course, Mountain Warfare, or Northern Warfare training. Additionally, selected students have the opportunity to participate in a Project Global Officer, Nurse Summer Training Program, or Cadet Troop Leadership Training in which they perform the duties of an officer at an Army installation. Non–scholarship students in the Advanced Course may elect to serve as officer trainees in local National Guard and Army Reserve units, thereby receiving additional training, experience, and financial support while attending college.


Credit for Previous Military Training

Students with previous collegiate military training may receive transfer credit for corresponding Military Science courses completed satisfactorily in a senior division ROTC unit in another college or university. Students with prior military service may enroll for Advanced Course training. See

Selected Administrative Units

Office of Financial Aid

Keith Williams, Executive Director

The core mission of the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) is to assist Michigan State University students in funding their educational costs through federal, state, private, and institutional financial assistance that includes grants, scholarships, fellowships, work programs, and loans.  Approximately 75% of all MSU students receive some form of financial aid.

Approximately one-half of all financial aid is awarded based upon financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is completed annually by students and parents online at

OFA staff members advise students through individual meetings, phone calls, and e-mail regarding both short-and long-term financial assistance.  Additionally, they provide general college financing information for students, parents, faculty, staff, high school counselors, and prospective students through a variety of workshops, presentations, and events.

For information on available aid and the application process, visit the Office of Financial Aid Web site at, e-mail, or call 1-517-353-5940. Dedicated access email addresses and phone lines are available for graduate and professional students and can be found on the OFA website.


Office of Academic Governance

The Secretary for Academic Governance directs the Office of Academic Governance and serves as secretary and parliamentarian to the Academic Congress, University Council, Steering Committee, Faculty Senate, and University Committee on Academic Governance. The Office of Academic Governance provides staff support to various academic governance bodies, manages university-wide elections, and assists colleges, departments, and schools with parliamentary inquiries and the preparation and interpretation of unit bylaws.

For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 1-517-355-2337.

Student-Athlete Support Services

Todd Edwards, Executive Director

Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) provides each student-athlete with guidance, resources and support that will enhance their development both academically and personally. This is accomplished within a proactive success driven environment that delivers quality academic services and career development opportunities.

Academic, personal and professional support is essential to college success, and Michigan State University Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) helps student-athletes from our 23 varsity sports reach their full potential.

The SASS philosophy is to offer an academic support program, integrated with University programming, dedicated to assisting student-athletes with the transition into college. This all-encompassing support continues throughout each student-athletes collegiate career until the day they receive a diploma, lands a job, or enters graduate school.

The SASS staff, knowledgeable about NCAA and Big Ten regulations, consists of eight academic coordinators and three learning specialists. These staff members work proactively building academic profiles on each student-athlete to help uphold their rigorous academic and athletic schedules. They do this by assessing individual needs, gathering daily information on academic progress, providing academic assistance through a broad tutorial program, and assisting the development of learning strategies. Freshmen, transfer student-athletes, and those with learning disabilities receive extra attention while adjusting to their new routines in college. There are also three staff members dedicated to working in student-athlete development, which includes career development and services.

With a nationally recognized facility, the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center (the Smith Center), SASS offers a wide range of services including; academic counseling, computer lab access, tutoring in all subject areas, career planning and services, community service opportunities, personal development workshops, assisting in monitoring athletic eligibility, providing priority registration, and making sure that athletes are advised about current NCAA, Big Ten and University rules and regulations.

Visit or call 1-517-355-2204.

WorkLife Office

Jamie Hutchison , Director

The WorkLife Office (WLO) supports faculty, staff, and postdocs with family care needs (including childcare, adult care, and elder care), career transitions, workplace, well-being, and assisting newcomers with relocation and community resources, along with research into best practices for workplace wellness, including flexible work arrangements  in a contemporary employment setting. Education and support around workplace dynamics, resources, and climate are provided.

The WLO collaborates with partners across campus and in the community. Through consultation, education, resources, and referrals, the WLO staff coordinates services to provide support to faculty and staff at MSU to ensure more satisfying and productive careers.

Visit:, e-mail, or call 1-517- 353-1635.