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Admission Requirements

Admission to Doctor of Educational Leadership Program:

Required Application Materials

NOTE for Prospective Students: We are pleased to announce a new Online Supplemental Application System. As you submit your application materials, please follow the EdD Application process.

 

Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:

  1.  Complete the online MSU Graduate School application, including the following:
    1. On-line graduate study application for admission ( EAD K-12 Ed.D. Program Code is 6752 ).
    2. Pay $50 application fee.
    3. Personal statement / statement of professional goals. The Graduate School application asks for a personal statement and an academic statement. Together, these are used to determine if the applicant's goals are consistent with those of the program and to assess the clarity and coherence of the applicant's writing. The Personal Statement should describe how the applicant's professional and educational experiences have influenced the desire to pursue doctoral study. The Statement of Professional Goals indicates the broader, long-term career interests of the applicant and how the Doctor of Educational Leadership program relates to those interests.   

    Please Note: While the Graduate School application provides separate windows for the personal and professional statements, you will need to paste them together and post as a single document for the Educational Administration online system, described below.

 

  1. Complete the Online Supplemental Application System (OSAS).
    1. Provide information for three recommenders. The applicant should choose  persons who are familiar with his or her academic and/or professional abilities and those individuals writing reference letters should be encouraged to be as specific as possible in their comments.
    2. Upload a PDF version of your resume.
    3. Provide a writing sample that best represents the analytic and integrative thinking of the applicant. Examples of material might include research papers completed for a graduate class, grant proposals, research reports or other professional writing, or published articles
  2.  
  3. Supply scores from Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years (MSU's ETS Institution Code is R1465).

    

  Send official transcripts to:

        Angela Card, Admissions Secretary

        K-12 Educational Administration

        Michigan State University 

        402 Erickson Hall

        East Lansing, MI 48824

        Phone: (517)353-8480/ Fax: (517)884-1392

        Email: k12adm@msu.edu

Admission Dates:

Applications to the Doctor of Educational Leadership (DEL) in K-12 Educational Administration are considered until February 15 for the coming fall.


Admission to Michigan State University:

U. S. Residents:
U. S. applicants who are not already admitted to graduate study at MSU must submit the Graduate Application for Admission. An application fee and college transcripts of all previous academic work must be submitted with this form.

More Information on Admission to the MSU Graduate School
Online & Downloadable Application to Graduate Study

International Students:
International students who have been admitted to graduate study at MSU are required to submit the International Graduate Application for Admission, proof of financial support, and proof of proficiency in English.

For more information please contact:

Office of International Students and Scholars,
103 International Center,
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824,
(517) 353-1720 or email: oiex@msu.edu

Provisional Admissions:

Students of promise who have some remediable inadequacy of qualification such as a minor deficiency in subject matter preparation, for whom there is incomplete interpretation of available records, or non-native speakers whose records reflect some concern in oral or written communication. Such deficiencies typically require additional intense instruction in English (not counted towards degree requirements), or collateral work in academic courses.

Application Materials:

ALL application materials are to be sent to:

Angela Card, Admissions Secretary

        K-12 Educational Administration

        Michigan State University 

        402 Erickson Hall

        East Lansing, MI 48824

        Phone: (517)353-8480/ Fax: (517)884-1392

        Email: k12adm@msu.edu


Transfering from other Michigan State Graduate Programs:

Applicants who wish to transfer from another MSU graduate program must submit an Application for Change of Program and Status.

This form is available from:
Student Affairs Office
College of Education
Michigan State University
134 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: 517/353-9680

English Language Requirements for International Students:

All international students are required to be proficient in English as a condition for regular admission to MSU. For students whose native language is not English, proficiency must be demonstrated by meeting the minimum standards on any one of the following tests:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08549). A total score of 550 or above with NO subscores below 52. The official report must be received by the MSU Office of Admissions directly from the Educational Testing Service. Note that some graduate departments have higher requirements.
  1. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB-Testing and Certification Division, The English Language Institute, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109; 313-764-2416). An average score of 83 or higher with no subscores below 80. The official report must be received by the MSU Office of Admission directly from the University of Michigan. Note that some graduate departments have higher requirements.
  1. English Language Center Placement Test (ELCPT-English Language Center, 1 International Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824; 517-353-0800). An average score of 80 or above with no subscores below 80. Scores will be sent from the English Language Center directly to MSU academic departments. Note that some graduate departments have higher requirements.


Students who have not met the above minimum requirements in English are required to take the ELCPT. If the results do not meet the minimum proficiency, students will be required to enroll in English Language Center classes until the University or departmental competence is attained. In some instances, students may be able to take academic courses along with their ESL classes. In such cases, restrictions are placed on the number of academic credits they may take until complete minimum proficiency is met. See the English Language Center, Room 1 International Center, for details.


International Teaching Assistants are required to meet a minimum proficiency in Spoken English in addition to meeting the University and departmental minimum English proficiency requirements. The English Language Center offers testing services (SPEAK Test) to academic departments. Interested students should consult with their academic departments.

Regular and Provisional Admissions

Upon admission to a graduate program a student is classified in one of two categories, regular or provisional. Specific criteria for distinguishing between these categories are determined within each college for its own programs. In general, these criteria are:

Regular
Students who are considered to be fully qualified to undertake a program toward the graduate degree for which they are admitted.

Provisional
Students of promise who have some remediable inadequacy of qualification such as a minor deficiency in subject–matter preparation, for whom there is incomplete interpretation of available records or non-native speakers whose records reflect some concern in oral or written communication. The requirements of provisional status are determined by the admissions committee and included in the admissions letter. A student who is admitted to provisional status will be eligible for change to regular status when specific written conditions for transfer to regular status have been met. A student must hold regular status to graduate from a degree program.