What is the major code?
What is the average course load per semester?
Typically students take two courses (six credits)
How do I set up a MSU Mail account?
Go to netid.msu.edu to set up your MSU NetID and email account. Additional MSU technology resources are available at tech.msu.edu.
How do I enroll for classes?
Students may enroll for classes Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends beginning at 8:00 a.m. Students can enroll on Saturdays until 8:00 p.m. Sundays are subject to availability. You must have your MSU NetID and password or your PID and PAN to enroll. Students cannot access the enrollment system until their assigned appointment time. All holds must be cleared before enrolling. For more information, read about Enrollment Information.
How do I drop a course?
You can drop any course on the enrollment system through the middle of the term of instruction. Click on the section number in the Schedule of Courses to see important drop dates.
To drop a course after the middle of the term, you must follow the regulations as enumerated in the General Procedures and Regulations section of Academic Programs.
If you wish to drop a course but have a hold, call the Registrar's Office at 517-355-3300 for assistance.
Where can I access the program plan form?
Please visit forms for master's students.
Where can I get my grades, class schedule, billing information, account detail, etc.?
You can visit Stuinfo.
Do I need to use my MSU email account?
Your MSU email address is the only email address that the university will use to send official communication to students. However you may auto forward all incoming email to another service or account. Click on "MSU Prefs" in the sdiebar menu to access this setting.
Do you require the GRE test and if so what scores do you need?
No, the GRE is not required for admission into the M.A. Special Education program.
Do I need a teaching license to be in the special education program?
Yes, you need a teaching license to be in the M.A. Special Education program.
How long is the program? Can you complete it on a part-time basis?
The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to be completed within approximately two years of matriculation, though full-time versus part-time status will affect the length of the program because many courses are offered only once a year.
When is the application deadline?
When are you assigned an advisor?
Once admitted to the program, students will be assigned an advisor.
When are admissions decisions made?
Typically, you will hear from us 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
What has the greatest weight in terms of all the application materials?
There is a common misconception that there is one factor over all others that we emphasize in the evaluation of each application. The review is comprehensive and faculty consider each component of the application for the applicant's fit with the program philosophy, knowledge about the program and faculty members' interests and expertise and experiences that reflect preparedness to assume graduate-level work.
What are the average GPA and GRE scores of students in the program?
Students are required to maintain 3.0 or higher.
What is the retention rate after the first year?
Because the pool of applicants is highly competitive and admission decision-making occurs only after extensive faculty deliberations, the retention rate is nearly 100%. The exceptions to this rule are typically related with one of the following: a shift in students' life circumstances, students' desire to re-focus career goals, or failure to maintain "good-standing" status within the program. These are the exceptions, but such cases do occur from time to time.
What type of funding is available (other than loans)?
No funding is available for students in the master's degree program in special education.
Where can I get answers to other general questions I might have?
The Registrar's Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and can be reached at (517) 355-3300. Information is also available on the Office of the Registrar site. You may also make after-hours and weekend inquiries with the university operators at (517) 355-1855.
For general technology questions, contact the ATS Help Desk at (517) 432-6200, or visit tech.msu.edu/support.
Do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. The first week of the semester you expect to graduate, submit the graduation application. If you expect to graduate in the summer, submit this application in the first week of spring.
When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application approximately four weeks after the end of the semester that you graduate.
Where do I find information about commencement?
Go to the MSU Commencement website.
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