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Frequently Asked Questions

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Student Information

How to apply to MSU online programs

We are excited that you are looking to advance your career with a Michigan State University online graduate degree and certificate program! We’ve provided some information below and we are happy to help get you started at MSU Online.

Prepare and submit your official documents

Students will need to identify the appropriate materials for their program of interest, as some programs have varied and/or specific requirements. Applicants should request information from the department or program of interest to find detailed program requirements, deadline dates, and admission procedures. Each application requires payment of the application fee.

Application TypeApplication Fee
Graduate Domestic$65
Graduate International$75


Step 1

Apply online from the Graduate School's website.

When completing your application, you will need to identify the following information:
MSU College
Major Name
Major Code

  • Complete and submit the MSU graduate application.
  • Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended to be sent to your MSU program. (electronically or via postal mail)
  • Request official standardized test scores for GRE and TOEFL. (may be required for some applicants)
  • Program requirements may include: 3 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Step 2

After you submit or have submitted your application (along with the application fee, $65 domestic and $75 international), you will receive an email directing you to MSU's Your Account Application Portal (https://admissions.msu.edu/your-account/).

Through the portal you will be able to:

  • Upload Professional letter of intent
  • Upload résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Request letters of recommendation (3 professional)
  • Check status of application


Step 3

  • Submit official, original transcripts
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at MSU, you do not need to submit official MSU transcripts.
  • Transcripts from other institutions need to be submitted through an official e-scripting service or be mailed directly to the graduate program.


Step 4

What happens after I submit my application?

  • Completed application packets are submitted to the program's Admissions Committee for review.
  • Depending on the program, students will receive a letter of the committee's decision about 4 weeks after application deadline. A letter of admissions recommendation by the program is sent by email and US mail.
  • Credentials will be forwarded to the MSU Office of Admissions for final review and approval following program committee review.
  • Accepted students will receive an official letter of admission from the MSU Office of Admissions approximately one month after the program’s notification of recommended acceptance. This letter will contain your MSU Personal Identification Number (PID) and Personal Access Number (PAN). With these, you will set up your MSU NetID and password, allowing you access to enrollment.
  • MSU Email account: This account is used for all correspondence pertaining to University business and the online master’s programs. To log in to your account, please go to: https://mail.msu.edu/.
  • Stuinfo: Stuinfo.msu.edu - Once you have established your MSU NetID, you can then begin using the system to enroll in classes, view your course schedule, pay your bill, confirm your attendance, change your address, and view your account details.
  • Schedule Builder: For information on enrollment instructions, please go to: https://schedule.msu.edu/instructions.aspx. Using this link, you can search for courses, add courses to your schedule builder, and enroll directly from the schedule builder http://schedule.msu.edu/. You must know your MSU NetID to use this feature.
  • Billing: Please note that Michigan State University does not mail billing statements to students. Instead you will be notified via email that this information is available in StuInfo. A link to the Billing and Fee Schedule can be found under the Financial tab at the top of your StuInfo portal. Please visit https://finaid.msu.edu/bills.asp for complete instructions on tuition payments. Once a bill has posted you can view and pay your tuition here: https://stuinfo.msu.edu/. Approximately 24 to 48 hours after your MSU tuition bill has been paid, return to StuInfo to confirm your attendance. This must be done every semester.
  • Semester deadlines: To view all semester deadlines, including course start and end dates, enrollment deadlines, tuition bill availability, graduation application deadlines, etc., access the MSU Academic Calendar from StuInfo, the MSU Home Page https://msu.edu/, or visit https://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/Calendar/academic.aspx and choose the appropriate academic year and semester.
  • Textbooks and required course materials: If your course requires textbooks, course packs, or other materials, you may view and/or purchase them online through Michigan State University Bookstore at https://www.bkstr.com/spartanbookstore/shop/textbooks-and-course-materials. If you choose to buy from a different vendor, be sure to verify the correct edition and ISBN.

  • Can I get financial aid?

    For more information about financial aid options for online graduate students, please visit: https://finaid.msu.edu/grad.asp

  • How many times do I have to come to campus for a hybrid program?

    Our hybrid programs offer varying dates and times throughout the year when students are required to visit campus. Please contact your program of interest for details by selecting Request Information on this page.

  • Do I have to log-in at certain times for the online programs?

    MSU online courses are supported by a learning management system, D2L (Desire to Learn). All students will log in to D2L to access their online courses using their MSU NetID and password. It is important to contact your department or program for detailed course information regarding if students are expected to meet online at a certain time (synchronously). Most online courses are designed (asynchronously) where no scheduled meeting times occur.

    Delivery Method: Desire to Learn (D2L) at d2l.msu.edu. Please note that courses may not be listed or made available until the course start date.

  • Is MSU accredited?

    Michigan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Some individual programs, schools and colleges are recognized by the accrediting agencies in their respective fields. Information about the accreditation of individual programs, schools and colleges is included in program descriptions in Academic Programs Catalog. The university is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association of American Universities, American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of Graduate Schools, Council of Graduate Schools, Big Ten Academic Alliance (formerly Committee on Institutional Cooperation) and International Association of Universities.

  • Where would I obtain a university calendar of important dates?

    The following calendars are available on the web:

  • Where can I get a listing of tuition and fees?

    A complete tuition and fees schedule is available on the Controller's Office Student Accounts site.

  • Where can I find what holds are on my account?

    You will not be allowed to enroll or receive a diploma or transcript until all holds are cleared. All holds not cleared will appear in STUINFO. Choose Holds on the Menu.

  • I am graduating this year. What should I do to receive my diploma?

    Students expecting to graduate must fill out a graduation application before the start of their final semester.

    Commencement information will be sent to each degree candidate midway through their final semester. Commencements are held Fall and Spring semesters. Summer degree candidates may participate during the Fall or Spring ceremonies.

    For further information, visit the Commencement and Ceremonial Events site.

  • I am not an MSU student but I would like to take some courses. How may I enroll?

    You may enroll in courses at Michigan State as a Lifelong Education student. The Michigan Uniform Guest Application is not required. Read the rules governing Lifelong Education status.

  • Where can I get information about MSU's computer requirement?

    For technology resources at MSU, visit http://tech.msu.edu. Read about:

    For general technology help and support, contact the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or (844) 678-6200, or visit tech.msu.edu/support

  • How do I activate my MSUNet ID and email?

    Go to netid.msu.edu to set up your MSU NetID and e-mail account. In order to activate, you will need your MSU Personal Identification Number (PID) and Personal Access Number (PAN) which is provided to students in their official letter of admissions. Additional MSU technology resources are available at tech.msu.edu.

  • How do I order a transcript?

    Transcripts may be ordered over the web, in person, by fax or mail. You must provide a complete mailing address for all transcripts ordered. Please contact your department for specific information.

International Student

Lifelong Learner

Lifelong Learner Information at MSU

The Lifelong Education enrollment status permits and facilitates access to Michigan State University courses and workshops (on-campus, off-campus, online, and Study Abroad) for persons not wishing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate Michigan State University degree.This status is limited to persons who have attained a high school diploma or its equivalent.

What are the requirements for Lifelong Education?

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, professional degree, or equivalent degree from an accredited and recognized college or university
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for their first 9 credits
    • failure to maintain the appropriate GPA standard may result in removal from Lifelong Education status
  • Note that lifelong credits intended for transfer into a degree program will count toward the 5 year time limit for completion of degree certification
  • Only classes earning a grade of 3.0 or better will qualify for transfer into a degree program

  • What is a CEU?

    For information on Continuing Education Units (CEUs), go to the General Procedures and Regulations section of Academic Programs.

  • How do I enroll for an online course?
  • How will I know if my Lifelong Education Application has been approved?

    You will receive an email or hardcopy confirmation from the Registrar's Office.

  • What do I need to know in case I want to drop my course and/or add another course?

    Michigan State University regulations govern enrollment changes. Go to the Late Drops, Adds and Section Changes page for more information.

  • Who can I talk to about my course or program?

    Email the course instructor or program coordinator.

  • Who is my contact as a Lifelong Education student at MSU?

    Ryan Adams, (517) 432-3489, rpadams@msu.edu.

  • What online courses or programs can I take for credit and/or non-credit?

    Visit the Online and Off-campus Programs for information on online courses and programs.

  • What does "credit" and "non-credit" mean for high school students?

    Students taking MSU courses under the Lifelong Education status will receive college credit. Students taking courses for non-credit will receive high school credit or documentation that they have completed a particular course.

State Authorization Information

Course and program availability varies by state. Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. Before you apply, see MSU RO: State Authorization, including, the MSU State Authorization Status - State-By-State Summary of program availability.

Professional Licensure and Certification

Federal regulations require MSU to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting those requirements), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs). MSU discloses the required information related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification. For more information, please visit: https://reg.msu.edu/ROInfo/HEOAnotices.aspx

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