Have a question about applying?
First things first, we require the following:
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted provisionally.
- Professional experience that demonstrates your understanding of postsecondary education is strongly preferred.
The HALE M.A. program accepts students for fall and spring terms and conducts two admissions cycles.
To apply to the HALE M.A. program, you must first submit your paid application to the Graduate School. When you have successfully submitted your application to the Graduate School, you will receive an email with a link to the MSU Graduate Education Application Portal where your must upload the materials listed below in PDF format.
You will need your applicant ID number and the password you created when you completed your application to the Graduate School.
Your application files will not be reviewed until the application fee is paid and all required application materials are received.
Please note: The GRE or an academic interview are not required for admission.
Submit Letters of Reference
The system generates an auto-message from firstname.lastname@example.org to recommenders with directions to upload letters on the portal.
Three (3) references are required. At least one (1) reference should be from a faculty member whom has had you as a student.
Submit Personal Statement
Please answer the three (3) questions below and upload to MSU Graduate Education Application Portal
- What experiences led to your interest in pursuing a career in higher, adult, and lifelong education?
- What qualities, characteristics, and skills do you possess that will make you a strong candidate for the HALE MA program?
- How will the HALE program help you meet your personal and professional goals?
Where to Send Transcripts
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program
c/o HALE Admissions Assistant
Department of Educational Administration
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane Rm 423
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-5187
International students must also include certified copies of degree certificates with notarized English translation of all transcript materials. International applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency if English is not their first language. International students must follow additional directions posted on the International Students webpage.
Students who attended Chinese institutions for their bachelor's degree must follow additional directions posted on The Graduate School Verification Process for Transcripts and Degrees from China webpage.
Transfer Students: Applicants who wish to transfer into the HALE M.A. from another MSU graduate program outside the Department of Educational Administration (EAD) must complete a new application, including the Graduate Application for Admission and all supplemental materials. Current EAD students looking to transfer to another program within EAD should consult their advisor and the coordinator of the program.