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)
Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:
- Complete the online MSU Graduate School application, including the following:
Please note: You will not be able to begin the OSAS process until you complete the Graduate School application. You will receive a password to OSAS within a few days after you submit the Graduate School application. Please keep this in mind as you identify individuals to complete your letters of recommendation.
- On-line graduate study application for admission (EAD K-12 MA Program Code: 1644)
- Pay $50 application fee
- 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 K-12 online supplemental application system"
- Complete the Online Supplemental Application System (OSAS):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Graduate students who have been away from MSU for more than one year will also need to fill out an online Readmission Form.
- 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.
Admissions Secretary, K-12 Educational Administration
Department of Educational Administration
620 Farm Lane Rm. 402
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-8480 / Fax: (517) 884-1392
International students will also need:
- Request English proficiency test score to be sent directly to the department, program code is 1644.
GRE test is NOT required for Master's program.
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.
- 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.
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:
- Experience teaching and leading in a K-12 setting.
- Strength of professional background and academic record.
- Alignment of professional goals with the purposes and objectives of the Masters program.
- Recommendation letters from individuals who are fit to evaluate academic and leadership potential.
- Consistency with Graduate School and College admission requirements.