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Application Procedures

Application Deadlines

June 1 for Fall Semester Admission
October 1 for Spring Semester Admission
March 1 for Summer Semester Admission

All application materials must be submitted so that they are received by the Admissions Coordinator no later than the posted deadline. Applicants typically hear about their admission status four to six weeks after the application deadline.

Admission

Applications for admission to the online Master of Arts degree in Education are reviewed by a committee of faculty members who look for evidence of preparation for advanced professional study at the master's level and the likelihood of academic success, as indicated by an applicant's educational record, work experience, statement of professional goals, and letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional experience and potential. 

 

The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) or Miller's Analogy is not required for application but may be used as supporting materials if available.

Basic Requirements to be Considered for Admission

Applicants must possess a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average. All other materials required for application are considered by a committee of faculty members.

Students whose resident address is in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Maryland are not eligible to apply to the MAED.  For a map showing up-to-date authorization by state, please visit www.esp.msu.edu/ProgressReport.pdf.  For a state-by-state summary, please visit www.esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf.

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Important Update

The Graduate School has recently created the Graduate Education Application (GEA) portal which will allow you to electronically upload and track your application materials.  If you’ve already submitted application materials they will show up on the new GEA portal. If you cannot submit the required materials in PDF format or have any questions please contact the MAED Admissions Coordinator, Cindy Robinson, at onlineed@msu.edu and (517) 355-1825.

 

Domestic Applicants

  1. Complete the MSU Application for Graduate Study. The application can be found here.
    • The Major Preference code for the MAED is 2294.
    • It is not necessary to complete the personal or academic statement in the MSU Application for Graduate Study. 
    • It is not necessary to use the Recommendation for Admission form found in the Application for Graduate Study.
    • Pay the $50 application fee.
    • You will then receive an e-mail with a link to the GEA portal. 

 

 

  1. Complete the following steps in the Graduate Education Application portal:
    • Letters of Recommendation
      Provide contact information for three persons who are familiar with your academic and professional accomplishments and potential for success. At least one letter must be from a former professor, academic advisor, or field instructor. If possible, the other two letters should be from current or past supervisors. Letters from friends or colleagues will not be considered.  The letters must be current and specifically for the MAED.  Letters previously used for other purposes cannot be accepted.

    • VITA or Resume
      Be sure to submit this as a PDF.

    • Professional Goal Statement
      Be sure to submit this as a PDF.  The statement, should not exceed 750 words (but no less than 500 words) and explain the following:

 

      • Your professional goals and how you believe pursuing this master's degree will help you achieve them.
      • Your choice of concentration area.  Please provide a rationale for your choice.
      • Finally, while no prior experience with online learning is required for admission, you should explain how this learning format fits your goals and characteristics as a learner.

Note: Be sure to save your professional goals statement electronically for use in ED 870, the Capstone course for the program.


  1. Request the registrar of each college or university attended to send one copy of each official transcript. We cannot accept transcripts sent by applicants. Transcripts of work taken at MSU need not be requested. Colleges and universities generally require both fees and time to process requests for transcripts. To be considered "official" the transcripts must have a university seal or notarization mark and be sent directly by the institution to the following address:

                      MAED Admission Coordinator
                      Michigan State University
                      Online Master of Arts in Education
                      Erickson Hall
                      620 Farm Lane, Room 423
                      East Lansing, MI 48824

 

           Examples of optional supporting application materials can be found at the bottom of this page.

International Applicants

When matriculating in the MEAD overseas, no U.S. Visa or statement of financial proof is required of applicants.

 

  1. Complete the MSU Application for Graduate Study. The application can be found here.
    • The Major Preference code for the MAED is 2294.
    • It is not necessary to complete the personal or academic statement in the MSU Application for Graduate Study. 
    • It is not necessary to use the Recommendation for Admission form found in the Application for Graduate Study.
    • Pay the $50 application fee.
    • You will then receive an e-mail with a link to the GEA portal. 

 

 

  1. Complete the following steps in the Graduate Education Application portal:
    • Letters of Recommendation
      Provide contact information for three persons who are familiar with your academic and professional accomplishments and potential for success. At least one letter must be from a former professor, academic advisor, or field instructor. If possible, the other two letters should be from current or past superiors.  Letters from friends or colleagues will not be considered.  The letters must be current and specifically for the MAED. Letters previously used for other purposes cannot be accepted.

    • VITA or Resume
      Be sure to submit this as a PDF.

    • Professional Goal Statement
      Be sure to submit this as a PDF.  The statement, should not exceed 750 words (but no less than 500 words) and explain the following:

 

      • Your professional goals and how you believe pursuing this master's degree will help you achieve them.
      • Your choice of concentration area.  Please provide a rationale for your choice.
      • Finally, while no prior experience with online learning is required for admission, you should explain how this learning format fits your goals and characteristics as a learner.

 

Note: Be sure to save your professional goals statement electronically for use in ED 870, the Capstone course for the program.


  1. Request the registrar of each college or university attended to send one official copy of all records of any previous schooling (mark sheets, transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc.)  These records must show courses taken and grades earned, and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language.  If a document is translated, it should be certified as accurate and correct by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government.  The original record should be also included.  We cannot accept transcripts sent by applicants.  To be considered "official" the transcripts must have a university seal or notarization mark and be sent directly by the institution to the following address:

     

    MAED Admission Coordinator
    Michigan State University
    Online Master of Arts in Education
    Erickson Hall
    620 Farm Lane, Room 423
    East Lansing, MI 48824

 

All applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).  The report must be mailed directly to the MAED Admissions Coordinator by the CDGDC, rather than by you or any third party.

China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
Verification Division 
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No. 1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R. China
Tel: +86-10-82379480
Fax: +86-10-82378718 (24 hours)
Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
Website: www.chinadegrees.cn

 

  1. All international applicants and applicants whose first language is not English must be able to be proficient in English as a condition for regular admission to MSU. Such applicants will be required to demonstrate their proficiency by meeting certain minimum standards on any one of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A total score of 550 with no subscores below 52 (paper version), or 80 with no subscore below 19 (22 for writing section) (Internet-based version) is required. The official report must be received by the Office of Admissions directly from Educational Testing Service.
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) (Testing and Certification Division, The English Language Institute, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 USA). An average score of 83 or higher with no subscores below 80 is required for the main test parts. A MELAB speaking score of at least 3 is also required. The official report must be received by the Office of Admissions directly from the University of Michigan English Language Institute.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A score of at least 6.5 is required. The official report must be received by the Office of Admissions directly from IELTS.
    • Michigan State University English Language Test (English Language Center [ELC], Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824-1035, USA). An average score of 80 to 85 with no subscores below 80, or a minimum average score of 85 with no subscore below 78 is required.
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A). Minimum overall score of 53; no subscore below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing subscore below 59.

 

Applicants should have all test scores sent from the testing agency directly to:

 

Office of Admissions
Michigan State University
Hannah Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824


All of the above tests must have been taken within two years of a student's application. Achieving an acceptable score on one of the tests does not, by itself, guarantee an applicant's admission to the program.




Optional Supporting Materials

You should know that we expect to learn much about you from the required application materials. However, if you wish, you may submit up to two additional pieces of evidence that you believe will help the admissions committee understand your unique strengths or promise as a graduate student in this program. Official test scores must be requested and sent directly from the testing agency to the Admissions Coordinator.  Examples of additional materials include:

    • Recent Graduate Record Examination scores
    • Sample of expository or creative writing, or visual artifact which conveys something important about you
    • Example of your prior work in educational technology (e.g., web site)