Q. Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?
Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who can speak about your academic ability, your commitment to the field of student affairs, and your attributes and experiences that will make you a successful student in our SAA M.A. program. You should include at least one (1) letter of recommendation from a current or former faculty member who can speak directly about your academic ability. In order to present us with a well-rounded picture of who you are, you may want to ask recommenders to provide specific qualities, experiences, or examples, illustrating your academic abilitiy and potential.
Q. When must I commit to the SAA M.A. program?
You must inform the coordinator of the HALE SAA M.A. program of your admissions decision by April 15.
Q. How can I speak with faculty and current students about the SAA M.A. program?
Admitted students are invited to attend Spartan Preview Days/HALE Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC), our official visitation weekend, held in mid-February. You may also email one of our HALE SAA M.A. ambassadors or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an individual visit or to request additional information about the program.
Q. Can I transfer courses?
Students may transfer up to 9 semester credits of graduate work (with approval from their HALE advisor) from other accredited institutions, including graduate courses through MSU Lifelong Education. Only courses in which at least a 3.0 grade or its equivalent was received will be considered for transfer. A Credit Evaluation form must be completed, signed by the student's advisor, and submitted to the unit administrator along with an official transcript.
Q. How long does it take to complete the SAA M.A. program?
A full-time student should complete their coursework in two years.
Q. When will I be assigned an advisor?
Students receive an advisor before the start of their initial fall semester.
Q. Are there funding opportunities for SAA M.A. students?
Yes. Admitted students have the opportunity to interview for graduate assistantships at Spartan Preview Days. The program coordinator provides additional information about the assistantship application process to admitted students.
Prospective students interested in assistantships with the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) should directly apply to REHS. More information about assistantships in REHS can be found at liveon.msu.edu/GA
Q. Do I need a Graduate Assistantship to attend the SAA M.A. program?
No, although most all students have a graduate assistantship. Although not required, having a GA is very beneficial, as it allows students to directly connect coursework to practical experiences and to gain institutional insight as well as in-depth working knowledge of a functional area within the field of student affairs.
Q. What is a "Conviction Disclosure Form" and do I need to submit one?
If on the Graduate Application you checked "Yes" to the question: "Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense (including in juvenile court) other than a minor traffic violation, or are there criminal charges pending against you at this time?"
The College of Education, in an effort to protect your privacy, requires that you submit a College of Education "Conviction Disclosure Form" to our Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Susan Dalebout, versus uploading the form to the Graduate Application Portal. The form can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Dr. Susan Dalebout
College of Education Student Affairs Office
620 Farm Lane
Room 134 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
It is helpful if you include the name of the program for which you applied. The form must arrive and be reviewed before you can be recommended for admission to Michigan State University.
What is SAGA?
The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) is the student organization providing educational, professional, and social opportunities for students interested in the field of student affairs.
How do I set up a MSU Mail account?
Go to netid.msu.edu to set up your MSU NetID and email account. Additional MSU technology resources are available at tech.msu.edu.
How do I enroll for classes?
You must have your MSU NetID and password or your PID and PAN to enroll. Students cannot access the enrollment system until their assigned appointment time. All holds must be cleared before enrolling. For more information, read about Enrollment Information.
How do I drop a course?
You can drop any course on the enrollment system through the middle of the term of instruction. To drop a course after the middle of the term, you must follow the regulations in the General Procedures and Regulations section of Academic Programs. If you wish to drop a course but have a hold, call the Registrar's Office at (517) 355-3300 for assistance.
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