SAA MA applications for Fall 2024 are due Friday, December 1, 2023.
Applications must be submitted via the MSU Graduate Education Application Portal. Review this webpage in its entirety for essential information to assist you with completing your application.
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Register for Upcoming Prospective Student Events
The SAA MA Program hosts several virtual program information events in the Fall to give prospective students an opportunity to get to know the program, ask questions, and meet with students, faculty, and student affairs professionals at MSU. Fall 2023 events are listed below. Read the “Event Description” to find registration links.
|EVENT TITLE||EVENT DESCRIPTION||EVENT DATE & TIME|
|MSU SAA MA Open House||This event has passed. Click here to view the recording of the MSU SAA MA Open House.|
During the SAA MA annual Open House, prospective students engaged with students, faculty, and student affairs professionals to learn more about the SAA MA Program.
|Wednesday, October 18, 2023,|
6:30–8:00 pm ET
|Student Affairs Educators: Finding the Light in an Anti-DEIJ Climate||This event has passed. There is no recording of this event. |
Join us for an insightful panel discussion webinar to celebrate Careers in Student Affairs Month with Michigan State University’s College of Education. This event explores the ever-evolving social and political landscape of student affairs work, focusing on the current hostilities toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work across the United States. A panel of MSU alumni and students discuss the challenges student affairs educators with minoritized identities incur in the current climate and the ways they still find opportunities to celebrate triumphs. The panelists share their unique insights into how they, alongside their colleagues, advocates, and allies, play pivotal roles in shaping the field of student affairs. This event is organized by the Student Affairs Administration (SAA) MA Program and the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) MA Program in the Education Administration Department at MSU.
|Friday, October 27, 2023, 1:00–2:00 pm ET|
|SAA Application Tips||This event has passed. Click to view a recording of the SAA Application Tips session. |
Meet with the SAA MA Program Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Marin, and SAA MA Ambassador, Maryann Orawczyk, to learn and ask questions about the SAA application process.
|Thursday, November 2, 2023, |
6:00–7:00 pm ET
|Spartan Chats: Connect with SAA Students!||This event has passed. There is no recording of this event. |
Have questions for current students? Want to have a one-on-one interaction with current students to see how their experience has been? Join our SAA students in small groups or one-on-one virtual meetings to learn about their individualized student experiences, navigating the application process, and the transition into grad school.
|Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 8:00–9:00 pm ET|
|International Prospective Student Info Session||Register for this virtual session to discuss applying to the SAA MA Program as an international student and learn about the international student experience at MSU. Registration and Zoom information to come.|
Click here to register!
|Wednesday, November 15, 2023,|
12:30–1:30 pm ET
|Meet with the SAA MA Program Coordinator, Dr. Patricia Marin, and SAA MA Ambassador, Maryann Orawczyk, to ask last-minute questions about the SAA application process. |
Click here to register!
|Monday, November 27, 2023,|
12:00–1:00 pm ET
Submit Your Application
Submit your application via the MSU Graduate Education Application Portal.
Review each section of this webpage in its entirety to assist you with your application. If you have questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage and the Additional Information section at the bottom of this webpage. For additional questions, please email the SAA MA Ambassador, Maryann Orawczyk (email@example.com).
To begin your application to the Student Affairs Administration MA Program, it is important that you read the entirety of this webpage.
Follow the steps below. A list of the required SAA MA Application Components can be found in the next section of this webpage. Continue to the bottom of the page to review additional information about the application process and admission decisions.
If desired, download either of the following resource guides for screenshots to assist you with the Graduate Application portal:
- Graduate Application Instruction Guide (Updated October 2022)
- International Graduate Application Instruction Guide (Updated October 2022)
- Access the Office of Admissions Graduate Application portal.
- Create an account to start a new application (or log in to continue an existing application).
- Review the SAA MA Application Components to prepare the required documents that must be submitted with your application.
- Follow the instructions in the portal, including sending all official college-level transcripts and uploading required documents in PDF format (review the SAA MA Application Components for additional details).
- In the “Other Information” section of the Graduate Application portal, select “Student Affairs Administration (Masters)” under the “Major Preference” dropdown menu. Following, select the term to which you are applying. Note: the SAA MA Program only accepts applications for Fall terms.
- In the “Academic History” section of the Graduate Application portal, be sure to include all institutions of higher education you attended to indicate to the Office of Admissions from where official transcripts will be received. Do not add high school information.
- In the “Student Affairs Supplemental Questions” section, upload your applicant statement (review the SAA MA Application Components for additional details) and answer the required question asking if you have earned graduate-level credits within the past five years that you hope to transfer. Applicants considering transferring credits should review the Transfer Credit Policy.
- Complete all sections of the application portal except for the “Test Scores,” “Employment,” and “Activities” sections. The SAA MA Program does not require GRE scores. We will not review them for admission decisions. The Employment and Activities sections are fulfilled with the upload of the required resume.
- A paid application fee or waiver is required for application review. While the SAA MA Program does not offer any fee waivers, MSU’s Graduate School does have a few options. Check your eligibility for an application fee waiver on the Graduate School website or otherwise pay the required application fee.
- After the application is paid and submitted, return to the Graduate Application portal to open your application. In the “Upload Materials” section, upload your additional required documents (i.e., resume and UNOFFICIAL transcript[s]).
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure their application is complete (including the receipt of letters of recommendation).
SAA MA Application Components
To apply for Fall 2024, prospective students should submit all application materials, including the application fee, by Friday, December 1, 2023, 11:59 PM ET to receive priority consideration.
The SAA MA Program requires the following components for applicants to be considered for admission (expand sections to review important details):
SAA Applicant Statement
Submit a 750–1000-word statement answering the following questions:
- What experiences led to your interest in pursuing a career in student affairs?
- How have your qualities, experiences, and skills prepared you to be a successful student in the SAA MA Program?
- How will the Michigan State University SAA MA Program help you meet your personal and professional goals?
Upload the applicant statement in PDF format to the “Student Affairs Administration Supplemental Questions” section of the Graduate Application portal.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Three recommendations are required for admission to MSU. Submit the information requested in the Graduate Application portal, including emails, for 3 recommenders. Each recommender will receive an auto-generated message with instructions to submit a letter of recommendation.
At least one (1) letter solicited by the applicant must be an academic recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to the applicant’s ability to excel in graduate study. Two (2) additional letters should be academic or professional recommendations from individuals who can speak to the characteristics, skills, and abilities the applicant has that will support their success in graduate school and the field of student affairs. If admission is recommended by the SAA MA faculty, one (1) of the additional letters can include a recommendation from the program.
The Graduate Application portal does not send automatic reminder notices to recommenders. It is the responsibility of the applicant to remind recommenders to submit their letters by the application deadline to be considered during the review process. Applicants may send reminder notices to recommenders in the Graduate Application portal after the application fee is paid and submitted. Applicants with fewer than 3 letters of recommendation cannot be considered for admission.
After the application is paid and submitted, return to the Graduate Application portal to open your application. In the “Upload Materials” section, upload a resume (or CV) highlighting your education/degree(s), as well as professional and/or paraprofessional experience demonstrating commitment to higher education/student affairs.
Resumes can include leadership roles/involvement with on-campus organizations, volunteer work, and/or professional employment.
By uploading a resume, there is no need to fill out the “Employment” or “Activities” sections of the Graduate Application portal.
Official Transcript(s) Demonstrating GPA of 3.0 or Higher
Send the MSU Office of Admissions official college-level transcripts from each degree-granting higher education institution attended AND upload unofficial copies of those transcripts in PDF format to the “Upload Materials” section of the Graduate Application portal (you may access this section by opening your application after the application fee is paid and the application is submitted).
MSU requires official transcripts to be considered for admission. Official transcripts must be sent directly from each degree-granting higher education institution attended. Many schools offer electronic submission of official transcripts through an online service such as the National Student Clearinghouse. Contact the institution(s) you attended to confirm their required process. It is the responsibility of the student to request their official transcripts are sent to MSU and to ensure official transcripts are received by MSU’s Graduate Application portal.
Hard copy transcripts are only considered official if they come directly from the degree-granting institution or are received in the original, sealed envelope from the degree-granting institution with the official seal of the institution. Electronic PDF copies of transcripts uploaded to the Graduate Application portal or emailed by students are unofficial.
Send official transcripts electronically or by mail to:
426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-8332
If your degree has not yet been conferred, you must send your current transcript to date. If you are admitted, you will need to submit your official final transcript indicating your conferred degree. Note: current MSU students and MSU alum applying to the SAA MA Program are still required to submit official transcripts with their application.
Expand the following sections for additional information related to the Graduate Application Portal and admission requirements. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage for more information about the SAA MA Program.
MSU & SAA Application Requirements
Note that both the MSU Graduate School and the SAA MA Program have required processes for a complete application. It is the responsibility of the student to meet the requirements of the graduate application process and the SAA MA Program process to be considered for admission.
Graduate Application Portal Checklist
After logging into the Graduate Application portal, open your application to view a checklist of submitted and outstanding required documents including a resume, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts. It is the responsibility of the student to review this checklist periodically to make sure all required materials have been received by MSU by the SAA MA Program’s deadline.
Optional COVID-19 Statement
The Graduate Application portal includes an optional space if you would like application reviewers to know information regarding hardships or your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you choose, please complete the “COVID-19” section of the application under “Other Information” for the program to review with your application materials.
The SAA MA Program does not require an interview for admission.
Passport Information: International applicants planning to attend MSU on an H1 or J1 visa need to enter their passport information in the Graduate Application portal after submitting their application. Applicants should visit the Graduate School website to find specific information about international student applicants.
English Language Competency: International applicants may be required to submit proof of English Language Competency. Those international applicants who may be eligible for a waiver of the English Language Competency policy should review the Procedure to Request a Waiver for English Language Competency.
Affidavit of Support: International applicants must provide financial proof in order to comply with U.S. Government regulations. The Graduate School provides an Affidavit of Support form and information under the “Financial Proof” drop-down. Applicants do not need to upload this information to the Graduate Application portal for their applications to be reviewed by the SAA MA Program for admission recommendation decisions. International students recommended for admission will need to submit an Affidavit of Support before MSU can officially admit them.
Please review the Graduate School International Applicants webpage for additional requirements for international applicants. Note that additional resources, support, and general information can also be found on the Office for International Students and Scholars website.
Applicants who wish to transfer to the SAA MA Program from another institution or from another MSU graduate program outside the Department of Educational Administration (EAD) must complete a new application via the Office of Admissions Graduate Application portal. Current EAD students interested in transferring to the SAA MA Program should consult their faculty advisor and the Coordinator of the SAA MA Program.
Applicants considering transferring credits should review the Transfer Credit Policy.
Notification of the SAA MA Program’s admissions decision will be delivered via email from the SAA MA Program Coordinator in January. Admitted applicants will be invited to participate in Spartan Preview Days (SPD).