Welcome to your first step toward exploring, creating, and sharing with MAET’s global network of thought leaders! The Master of Arts in Educational Technology is a 10-course (30-credit), non-thesis master’s program. We do not require GRE scores for admission to MAET.
Our program is growing, and we are now accepting applicants for a larger cohort in our next application cycle. All completed applications will receive consideration for admission. Please follow the application process outlined below and described in our MAET Application Guide Checklist to begin.
We also offer three Graduate Certificates, which can be built into your program plan for a full master’s degree or taken separately. If you are interested in completing a Graduate Certificate but not the full MA, we recommend you apply directly to one of the Graduate Certificate programs.
Master of Arts in Educational Technology Application Process
Basic Admission Requirements
We accept applicants who meet the following standards:
- Undergraduate degree (e.g., B.A., or B.S.) from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
- For first-language speakers of languages other than English: Minimum TOEFL score of 80 (see Information For Bilingual and Multilingual Applicants below)
- For U.S. applicants, residents of Kentucky are not eligible to apply to MAET due to state laws regarding distance education. For a full review of state-by-state authorization laws, please review this summary document.
If you meet these requirements, we welcome your application to the MAET program! There are three steps in the application process. If you have any questions throughout the process, please contact Heather Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Prepare your application materials
Before filling out the university application, consider the information and materials you need to gather:
- Name, email, and phone number for 2 professional references who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Your references should be supervisors, colleagues, and/or mentors who can tell us about your academic performance, work ethic, and professional character (please do not submit personal or character references). Your references will be automatically notified by the system to submit a letter of reference. Letters should speak specifically to your preparation for this program and for graduate-level study. We can not accept letters uploaded directly by applicants.
- Personal Statement: Please respond to the following questions in an essay format (900-1500 words). This personal statement will be used to assess the following: It serves as evidence for your graduate-level writing abilities; allows us to get to know you as an educator; ensures that MAET is the best fit for you; ensures that you are selecting the best program mode(s) to support your success. Submit your essay as a Word Document or PDF.
- When designing a learning experience, what is your thought process? (What factors do you consider, and how do you ensure the experience is meaningful and effective?)
- What personal and professional goals will you meet through participation in the MAET degree program?
- Please explain how the online, overseas, and/or hybrid mode(s) fits your goals and characteristics as a learner.
- Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you’ve attended (see Step 3: Request Official Transcripts below).
The number of references, which varies from University policy, is the result of approved waivers.
Step 2: Complete the University Application
We have prepared an MAET Application Guide Checklist to support you as you complete your application. You can make a copy and check off the step-by-step details of the application process (it also highlights steps that you can skip!). We are available at email@example.com to answer any of your questions throughout the process. In general, the application process is:
- Create your application on MSU’s application management system by selecting Graduate from dropdown menu.
- Provide Personal Background information.
- Under Other Information:
- select Major Preference, scroll to the College of Education and select Educational Technology (Online Program) (Masters).
- select the first semester you wish to enroll in classes.
- provide additional details about Enrollment Information, Communications preferences, and Financial Aid.
- upload your response to the 3 questions as your Personal Statement.
- providing information on your experiences in the COVID-19 section is optional.
- Provide responses to Conduct Questions from the dropdown menus and in text boxes where appropriate.
- Include all Academic History information for higher education institutions that you’ve attended. To begin, click on Add Institution.
- Test Scores: The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required. 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 English language competency by meeting certain minimum standards. See the International or Multilingual Applicants section below for more information.
- Employment and Activities Pages: Leave blank.
- References: Using Add Recommender, provide contact information for your 2 professional references.
- Provide your Signature electronically by typing in your full legal name, then select Confirm.
- The Review section will provide you with a list of potential errors if a section has not been completed. Please return to those sections and make the appropriate corrections.
- Submit your application fee ($65 fee for domestic applicants or $75 fee for international applicants). Before you submit your application fee, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application fee waiver and we will cover the cost of your application fee. Also, the MSU McNair program covers the cost of MSU’s application fee for first generation or underrepresented students. If you meet these criteria, please complete their application waiver form.
- Upload your CV/Resume.
- Request your official transcripts (see Step 3: Request Official Transcripts section below).
- Check the status of your application and remind references to upload their letters of recommendation as needed.
Step 3: Request official transcripts
Please request official transcripts directly from your degree-granting institutions listed on your application (MSU will not accept transcripts marked ‘Issued to Student’ or paper transcripts delivered outside of an officially-sealed, university envelope).
- For applicants who attended US institutions, we prefer electronic transcripts. Electronic transcripts can be sent to the attention of Heather Williamson at email@example.com. If electronic delivery is not available, transcripts can be sent via postal mail:
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane; Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
- MSU alumni can request MSU transcripts for free directly from MSU. You will need to validate your identity with your MSUNet ID and password or your date of birth and student number (PID) or social security number (SSN).
- If you previously submitted transcripts as part of your application to a Graduate Certificate program, you do not have to send another set of transcripts.
- For international applicants, please see the International or Multilingual Applicant section below for specifics related to your transcripts and degrees. MSU will not accept electronic transcripts issued by international universities. If you are applying from an institution outside of the USA, please have your official transcripts sent via postal mail to:
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane; Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Application due dates
We admit students to the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program on a rolling basis. This means you can submit your application at any time. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, but it may take up to 1 month to receive confirmation of your admissions decision.
If you are applying for the current semester but are not able to select it as an option in the application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind the following due dates:
Admission for Fall Semester: August 1
Admission for Spring Semester: December 1
Admission for Summer Semester: April 1
Admission for Overseas Cohort: March 1
Admission for East Lansing Hybrid Cohort: June 1*
*If you are planning to apply for the East Lansing Hybrid Cohort, please contact MAET because we may have more flexibility in our due date for that program.
Explore financial aid options
- If you are planning to use Financial Aid to finance your degree, please consult the MSU Office of Financial Aid’s chart for program eligibility.
- Explore our curated list of Scholarships, Grants, and Assistantship Resources.
Information for International and Multilingual Applicants
We welcome applicants for whom English is not their first language. You are required to submit proof of English language competency before their application can be processed. A common method is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- The test must have been taken within 2 years of the application.
- On the Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT), the university requires a minimum score of 80 with no subscore below 19 for reading, listening and speaking and no writing subscore below 22.
- Results should be sent electronically directly from ETS. Michigan State’s school code is 1465.
If the student has completed a degree program in an English speaking country, they can request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. Once the program admissions committee is convinced of the student’s English language skills based on past program completion and other evidence, it will ask the university to waive the requirement. This waiver is usually granted, but the university may require the student to take the English language competency test upon admission to MSU.
F-1 or J-1 Visa Status for International Applicants
Our courses are offered in a fully online format, and therefore residency in the US is not required to complete the degree program. If you are an international applicant interested in the program, please note that the MAET program does not fulfill the academic requirements to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa. MAET courses during the fall and spring semesters are completely online, thus admission to the MAET program does not qualify you for a student visa.
Special instructions for international transcripts
The MSU Graduate School outlines that official transcripts of all records from all postsecondary schools attended are required. Mark sheets, transcripts, certificates, and diplomas, must be submitted as official documents directly from each institution. In most cases, these documents will need to be sent in official, sealed, issuing institution envelopes.
Records must show courses taken, grades earned, and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language. Translations must be done by the issuing institution, a certified translator in the country of study, or by an American Translator’s Association certified translator in the US. The original record should also be included. For complete information, please visit the International Transcripts and US Degree Equivalency section of the Graduate School’s International Applicants page.
Special instructions for transcripts from Chinese institutions
All applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but must also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). CDGDC operates underneath the Ministry of Education for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of transcripts and degrees granted at the post-secondary level.
The process is:
- Applicants send copies of their official documents to the CDGDC along with payment (approximately $40 U.S.).
- Applicants must request that the original transcript accompany the CDGDC verified documents when sent to MSU.
- CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly.
- CDGDC then sends the report and verified documents, via courier service, directly to Michigan State University. The report is in English and provides a statement noting what degree was conferred and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.