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International Student Information


Increasingly, international students find a home in K-12 Educational Administration for their masters and doctoral studies. Currently enrolled Educational Administration (K-12 and HALE) students come from around the globe including Pakistan, Cambodia, Kenya, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Mexico, etc. Study in our programs introduces international students to educational policy formulation and enactment; organization and management of public, private, and charter schools; and ways in which administrative leaders and teacher leaders encourage instructional improvement.


International students join cohorts that include diverse students, many of whom remain full time educational practitioners. Internships and research field placements, as well as relationships with cohort members, afford students opportunities to spend time in local schools. The K-12 department can put prospective students in touch with a student ambassador, who will be happy to provide information. A student organization, ComUNITY, provides social and academic support and opportunity to international students.


International students who would like to apply need to:

  1. Submit the online International Graduate Application for Admission and pay the 75 dollar application fee.

    Academic statement and personal statement of purpose, professional resume and recommenders info should be uploaded to the Graduate Education application portal.

    Official Transcripts should be sent to the department directly.

  2. Under the Financial Proof section of the Graduate School's International Applicant page, complete the Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support document. International Graduate Students must demonstrate the ability to pay for your program and sent to the department.
    ** This document must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.


  3. All international students need take an English proficiency test. International students whose first language is not English must meet requisite language proficiency requirements. The results of these tests should be sent directly to our department from the testing service. Please see MSU guidelines for recommended scores.

    Only students who apply to the Ed.D. or Ph.D. program need Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

    For more information on the locations and dates for taking the TOEFL and GRE near you, go to: www.ets.org. Click on the "products" button at the top of the page.

For the M.A. program:

While we are providing more online options and hybrids for students, it is not currently possible to earn the MA in K-12 Administration degree online or through a mix of summer and online coursework only. The program involves students in core studies delivered in Michigan fall and spring terms. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants should plan to have all materials submitted no less than 8 weeks prior to the semester they wish to enter. Please check the current academic calendar to determine your deadline for any of the three semesters:

  • Fall (Aug - Dec)
  • Spring (Jan - May)
  • Summer (May - August) 

Required Application Materials

Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:

  1. Complete the International Graduate Application for Admission, including the following:
    Please note: To apply, first submit your application to the Graduate School. After you submit your completed application, you will receive an email to upload your application materials to the Graduate Education Application Portal. You will need your applicant ID number and the password you created when you completed your application to the Graduate School.
  1. Submit online the MSU Application for Graduate Study (The EAD K-12 M.A. Program Code is 1644)
  2. Pay $75 application fee
  3. Academic statement and personal statement of purpose
  • The graduate school asks for an academic statement and personal statement of purpose. Under each field, please enter "Please see my personal statement uploaded on the supplemental application system
  1. Complete the Online Graduate Education application portal:
    1. Provide information for at least two recommenders. The applicant should choose persons who are familiar with his or her academic and/or professional abilities. Those individuals writing reference letters should be encouraged to be as specific as possible in their comments.
    2. Upload a PDF version of your professional resume listing each activity that accounts for your time since earning a bachelor’s degree (e.g., employment, military service, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of your employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first.
    3. Upload your PDF version of your personal statement.

      This required statement should describe: how the applicant's professional and educational experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate study, the broader, long-term career interests of the applicant and how the K-12 program relates to those interests, and the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study. This statement is 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.

  2.  
  1. Graduate students in K-12 Educational Administration who have been away from MSU for more than one year will also need to fill out an online Readmission Form.
  1. Send one copy of official transcript showing any confirmed Bachelor's degrees (and Master's degree, if obtained) from an accredited institution. If confirmed degree is not stated on the transcript, provide a certified copy of the degree certificate.

  2. Applicants who earned bachelor's degrees in mainland China:
    Please follow the link below for important details about degree and transcript verification.
    https://grad.msu.edu/verification-process-transcripts-and-degrees-china  
       
  3. Request English proficiency test scores to be sent directly to the department, program code is 1644.

    GRE is NOT required for Master's program.
  4.  
  5. Complete the Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support for International Graduate Students to demonstrate the ability to pay for your program and sent to the department. ** This document must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.

    K-12 Educational Administration
    c/o K-12 EAD Admissions Assistant

    Department of Educational Administration
    Erickson Hall
    620 Farm Lane Rm. 402
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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

    Email:  k12adm@msu.edu

 

We encourage you to keep copies of all application materials for your records.

Review of Applications

The review committee of K-12 Administration faculty members considers the following in assessing Master's program applications:
  1. Experience teaching and leading in a K-12 setting.
  2. Strength of professional background and academic record.
  3. Alignment of professional goals with the purposes and objectives of the Masters program.
  4. Recommendation letters from individuals who are fit to evaluate academic and leadership potential.
  5. Consistency with Graduate School and College admission requirements.

For the Ed.D. Program

Applications to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in K-12 Educational Administration are considered until March 1 for the coming fall. The program primarily serves full-time professionally employed students.

Required Application Materials

Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:

Please note: To apply, first submit your application to the Graduate School. After you submit your completed application, you will receive an email to upload your application materials to the Graduate Education Application Portal. You will need your applicant ID number and the password you created when you completed your application to the Graduate School.

  1.  Complete the International Graduate Application for Admission, including the following:
    1. Submit online the MSU Application for Graduate Study (The EAD K-12 Ed.D. Program Code is 6752)
    2. Pay $75 application fee
    3. Academic statement and personal statement of purpose
    • The graduate school asks for an academic statement and personal statement of purpose. Under each field, please enter "Please see my personal statement uploaded on the supplemental application system"  
     
  2. Complete the Online Graduate Education application portal:
    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 listing each activity that accounts for your time since earning a bachelor’s degree (e.g., employment, military service, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of your employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first.
    3. Upload your PDF version of your personal statement. This required statement should describe: how the applicant's professional and educational experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate study, the broader, long-term career interests of the applicant and how the K-12 program relates to those interests, and the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study. This statement is 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.
    4. 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.
       
  3. Supply scores from Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years (MSU's ETS Institution Code is R1465).  
  4.  
  5. Send one copy of official transcript showing any confirmed Bachelor's degrees (and Master's degree, if obtained) from an accredited institution. If confirmed degree is not stated on the transcript, provide a certified copy of the degree certificate.

  6. Applicants who earned bachelor's degrees in mainland China:
    Please follow the link below for important details about degree and transcript verification.
    https://grad.msu.edu/verification-process-transcripts-and-degrees-china  

  7. Request English proficiency test score to be sent directly to the department, program code is 6752.
  8.  
  9. Complete the Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support for International Graduate Students to demonstrate the ability to pay for your program and sent to the department.
    ** This document must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.

    K-12 Educational Administration
    c/o K-12 EAD Admissions Assistant

    Department of Educational Administration
    Erickson Hall
    620 Farm Lane Rm. 402
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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

    Email:  k12adm@msu.edu

We encourage you to keep copies of all application materials for your records.

The review committee of K-12 Administration faculty members considers the following in assessing doctoral program applications:

  1. Experience with and potential for educational leadership, outreach, research and scholarship
  2. Strength of professional background and academic record
  3. Skills in analysis and written expression
  4. Alignment of professional goals with the purposes and objectives of the doctoral program
  5. Consistency with Graduate School and College admission requirements 
 

For the Ph.D. program:

Applications to the Ph.D. program in K-12 Educational Administration are considered December 1st. As that applicants can be considered for College and University Fellowship competitions must have all materials submitted by December 1st.  

PhD applicants must have a Master's degree from an accredited institution.

Required Application Materials

Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:

  1.  Complete the International Graduate Application for Admission, including the following:
    1. Submit online the MSU Application for Graduate Study (The EAD K-12 Ph.D. Program Code is 1646)
    2. Pay $75 application fee
    3. Academic statement and personal statement of purpose
    • The graduate school asks for an academic statement and personal statement of purpose. Under each field, please enter "Please see my personal statement uploaded on the supplemental application system"  
  2. Complete the Online Graduate Education application portal, including:
    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 listing each activity that accounts for your time since earning a bachelor’s degree (e.g., employment, military service, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of your employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first.
    3. Upload your PDF version of your personal statement. This required statement should describe: how the applicant's professional and educational experiences have influenced the desire to pursue graduate study, the broader, long-term career interests of the applicant and how the K-12 program relates to those interests, and the applicant's goals and objectives for graduate study. This statement is 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.
    4. 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.
       
  3. Supply scores from Graduate Record Examination taken within the last five years (MSU's ETS Institution Code is R1465).
  4.  
  5. Send one copy of official transcript showing any confirmed Bachelor's degrees (and Master's degree, if obtained) from an accredited institution. If confirmed degree is not stated on the transcript, provide a certified copy of the degree certificate.

  6. Applicants who earned bachelor's degrees in mainland China:
    Please follow the link below for important details about degree and transcript verification.
    https://grad.msu.edu/verification-process-transcripts-and-degrees-china  

  7. Request English proficiency test score to be sent directly to the department, program code is 1646.
  8.  
  9. Complete the Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support for International Graduate Students to demonstrate the ability to pay for your program and sent to the department.
    ** This document must originate from your source of support and must be a certified, original statement with stamp and original signature.

    K-12 Educational Administration
    c/o K-12 EAD Admissions Assistant

    Department of Educational Administration
    Erickson Hall
    620 Farm Lane Rm. 402
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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

    Email:  k12adm@msu.edu

We encourage you to keep copies of all application materials for your records.

The review committee of K-12 Administration faculty members considers the following in assessing doctoral program applications:

  1. Experience with and potential for educational leadership, outreach, research and scholarship
  2. Strength of professional background and academic record
  3. Skills in analysis and written expression
  4. Alignment of professional goals with the purposes and objectives of the doctoral program
  5. Consistency with Graduate School and College admission requirements

For additional information about these requirements, please visit http://grad.msu.edu/apply/ or contact:

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

If you would like additional information or have any questions, please contact:

Angela Card

Admissions Assistant
K-12 Educational Administration

Department of Educational Administration
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane Rm. 402
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

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

Email:  k12adm@msu.edu