MSU Application for Graduate Study
Submit your application online, along with paying the application fee ($65.00 US) at http://grad.msu.edu/apply/.
After completing the Application for Graduate Study and paying the fee, applicants will be sent, via email, an invitation to complete and upload the supplemental application materials through the Graduate Education Application Portal. You will need the application ID assigned to you along with the password you created for your graduate application.
Note: While the MSU Application for Graduate Study includes an option to report GRE or GMAT scores, these are not required to apply to the MATC.
Chinese Cert and NOYCE/SETSUP—use code 6727
All other applicants—use code 6728
The official "paid" Application for Graduate Study must be received by the MATC Admissions Office for your application to be officially "activated" in our department. Application files will not be reviewed until all required materials are received. For more information on the required application materials please view the instruction sheet: MATC-Application-Instructions
Upload Information to Portal
Mail to Office
Official (sealed) transcripts: One transcript from each degree-granting institution attended. We will obtain all MSU transcripts if you previously attended MSU.
Mail transcripts to:
MATC Admissions Office
Department of Teacher Education
Phone: (517) 432-7705
Fax: (517) 432-5092
Michigan State University
347 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
All application materials must be submitted so that they are received by no later than the posted deadline. If you need more details about the deadline or to inquire information about a possible extension, please contact the program secretary at email@example.com.
- Summer Semester Admission: April 1
- Fall Semester Admission: July 15
- Spring Semester Admission: November 20
Application Review Process
Review of applications occurs at two levels: (1) at the TE Department level by MATC faculty, and (2) at the university level by the Graduate School Admissions Office. Applications are reviewed by MATC faculty during the month after the posted deadline each semester.
Once the MSU Application for Graduate Study, official transcripts and all other application materials required by MSU and the MATC program have been uploaded to the Graduate Education Application Portal, faculty review the application file and decide whether to recommend, accept, accept provisionally or deny the application based on the following criteria:
- Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Consideration is given to the quality of undergraduate courses taken and grades earned in one’s major area(s) of study and teaching;
- Applicants must have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for the final two years of undergraduate study.
- Faculty look for a match between the applicant’s goals and resources, and what the MATC program can offer. Sometimes further clarification is sought from an applicant, and based on that information, s/he may be accepted, denied or referred to another program that appears to be a better match to the applicant’s stated goals and interests.
- Faculty review all of the other materials required by the MATC program to complete an application file: the applicant’s “goals statement,” professional essay, teaching and professional experiences as represented in the applicant’s résumé, and in the three recommendation letters. More detailed criteria for each of the above and their relative weights are outlined the Application Review form used by faculty reviewers.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required, but GRE scores will be reviewed if available at the time of application.
NOTE: This is a complete online program so it is not available for international students who wish to complete a program in the United States.
The coordinator of the MATC program then reviews the faculty’s recommendations for admission, makes the final admission decision and assigns an academic advisor to the new graduate student. The recommendations from the review committee and the coordinator are then processed for final approval in the College of Education by the associate dean.
The MATC coordinator notifies each applicant by email of the department’s recommendation. In this email, the new graduate student is told who his/her advisor will be and the advisor’s campus address, phone number and email address. The student is urged to contact his or her advisor as soon as possible to introduce himself/herself and begin planning his/her program with the advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her advisor upon admission, not the other way around.
Interested in Literacy
For those interested in literacy, please note your interest during application process, or contact the master's advisor for more information.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). Alabama State Department of Education website.
Student enrollment in K-12 English as a Second Language is currently restricted in the following states:
Application & Admissions
MSU’s Application for Graduate Study
The university prefers that you submit your Application for Graduate Study online because this will expedite your application. The information that you provide in your application will automatically feed into MSU’s computer system and can be quickly transmitted electronically to the MATC program’s office. You can save your application online and return to it as often as you like until you have completed it and are ready to submit it. See MATC-Application-Instructions for how to apply to the program).
The current program code to select for the MATC (Item #17 on graduate application)
6728 Teaching and Curriculum (online)
NOTE: Please do not use code 6727 unless you are specifically told to do so.
Application for Readmission (MSU online form)
Students whose enrollment at Michigan State University is interrupted for more than three consecutive terms (including Summer); whose last enrollment ended with recess or dismissal. This application should be submitted at least one (1) month prior to the beginning of the term in which the student expects to resume studies.
Sample Template for Professional Résumé or Vita (PDF)
Use this template and follow its general format to update your professional résumé. Make sure that you have included as much of the kind of information as possible that is listed under each section, particularly “Professional Activities.” Omit any items on this form that do not apply to you or that you feel you cannot address at this time.
The Professional Essay (guide for formatting (PDF) | guide for formatting (doc))
These are the guidelines, criteria and choice of questions or prompts to address in your professional essay, an important part of your application to the MATC program. Select one (1) of the two options, and upload your essay to your application portal.
For questions about the application process or any of the materials, please contact:
Program Secretary, MATC Program Secretary
620 Farm Lane—347 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: (517) 432-7705 | Fax: (517) 432-5092
Costs and Financial Aid
Please see MSU's Student Accounts page for current tuition rates and fees. (See "Education Masters" under "Online Programs Special Program Fees" for MATC online tuition rates).
Office of Financial Aid
Michigan State University's Office of Financial Aid provides up-to-date information about tuition, fees, payment options in addition to online and onsite assistance with loans, scholarships and other matters related to student budgeting and costs.
The TEACH Grant is a Federal program providing up to $4,000 per year to full-time students (reduced funding possible for those attending less than full-time) who plan to teach in a limited number of high-need subject areas at schools with low-income families.
MSU Controller's Office
The MSU Controller's Office is the MSU campus resource for Cashier Services, Billing and Receivables and various forms of fee-sponsored financial aid and fellowships.
Credit Earned Incentives For MSU Interns
Prospective students who have completed the Fifth-year Teacher Certification Internship Year at Michigan State may include nine (9) credits from the internship year as part of their MATC degree program, TE 801, TE 802, TE 804. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Kurf, MATC program advisor (email@example.com or (517) 884-1889).
Additionally, students in the Teacher Preparation Program who opt to complete an approved study abroad program during the summer prior to their internship year may take those credits (typically, TE 815 and TE 894) as a graduate student admitted to the MATC program, thus bringing 15 graduate credits (including credits taken during the internship year) into their program.
For more information about the specific study abroad options that are open to MSU Teacher Preparation Program candidates who are prospective MATC students, please contact the College of Education Student Affairs Office (517) 353-9680).
In addition to the procedures outlined in the MATC application process international students also need to submit the items listed below. For more information about international students requirements please visit the Office of International Students And Scholars webpage.
- 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:
MATC Graduate Program Secretary
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane, Room 347
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).
China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No. 1 Wangzhuang Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, P.R. China
Fax: +86-10-82378718 (24 hours)
- All international applicants and applicants 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 minimum average score of at least 6.5 is required, with no subscore below 6.0. 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.
- Michigan State University Certificate of English Language Proficiency (CELP). Regular admission: score of 65 with no subscore below 15 (17 for writing section). Provisional admission: score of 60. http://elc.msu.edu/tests/celc-celp/