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M.A. Application Process

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 to the Campus, Birmingham or Detroit Masters in K-12 Educational Administration program sites are accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants must have all materials submitted no less than 8 weeks prior to the semester they wish to enter. Please check the current schedule 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 Online Graduate Education application portal, 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 K-12 MA Program Code is 1644)
    2. Pay $65 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. 

  1. Graduate students 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.

    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


International Students

Please see the International Students page for more information about the application process.

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.