Can I transfer credits from another program or institution into the EPET degree program?
For all students:
For admitted students, the faculty will decide on a case-by-case basis which, if any, course credits can be transferred. Course descriptions and syllabi will be required.
For hybrid students:
The short answer is that it is possible to trasnfer credits into the program but it is not very common. By design, the hybrid program is centered on a cohort model. Participants are expected to engage in the same integrated requisite courses in the intensive face-to-face and online experiences. During this time members of the cohort develop deep, collegial relationships with one another and with the faculty that foster a rich co-mingling and exchange of ideas among diverse areas of expertise.
As such, it is possible to transfer credits, and determining when it makes sense will involve a conversation between an admitted students and the faculty advisor.
Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. GRE scores are essential for doctoral admissions decisions, here and elsewhere. Applications to both the On-campus and Hybrid EPET Ph.D. are not complete unless these scores are present.
Go to the APPLY page for more information.
Are there special application requirements for international students?
Yes, there are some special items that you should be aware of. Go to International Applicants.
Interaction with fellow students is an important part of the Ph.D. experience. How does this happen?
For all students, interactions with fellow students occur in many ways, including interactions in shared classes, in informal student groups (whether in person and/or using technologies such as FaceBook or Slack or Zoom or...), in research groups, or meeting at conferences. Hybrid students follow a more consistent pattern of classes in their early years, which can be an important way to build connections. On-campus students generally have a more flexible schedule for classes, and so graduate assistantships can be an important means for learning and growing together.
What are the educational requirements for admission?
There are no specific requirements beyond a bachelor's degree (at least), outstanding credentials and/or achievements, and strong recommendations from those who understand the promise and demands of doctoral study. Most of our successful applicants do not come directly out of their undergraduate education into our program, but some do. Many have teaching experience or other relevant educational experience (other than being a student) which is a strong advantage in becoming an educational researcher but is not a requirement for admission. This is significant for those applying to the Hybrid program. Many applicants have master's degrees in related fields.
When will I find out if I am accepted?
Typically, applicants for both the on-campus and hybrid modes hear by March 1 regarding whether or not they have been accepted to the program.
What housing options are available for graduate students?
For On-Campus students
Graduate students in the on-campus program can make arrangements to live either on-campus, arrange for off-campus rental, or purchase a home off campus.
For Hybrid students
Students in the Hybrid program may find it advantageous to make housing arrangements on-campus, or nearby campus during the focused, face to face part of the program conducted during the summers. Students may choose to live on the beautiful MSU campus, taking advantage of the numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available here during the summer. EPET personnel will help make arrangements for each summer.