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Welcome Prospective Students!

The deadline for applications for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications for Fall 2025 will be due in early December. Please check back in the fall for updates related to the Fall 2025 application cycle.

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 TITLEEVENT DESCRIPTIONEVENT DATE & TIME
MSU SAA MA Open HouseThis 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 SessionThis event has passed. There is no recording of this event.

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
Application
Drop-In Session
This event has passed. There is no recording of this event.

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 (orawczyk@msu.edu).

Application Process

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:

  1. Access the Office of Admissions Graduate Application portal.
  2. Create an account to start a new application (or log in to continue an existing application).
  3. Review the SAA MA Application Components to prepare the required documents that must be submitted with your application.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]).
  11. 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 2025, prospective students will submit all application materials, including the application fee, in early December 2024. Check back in Fall for updated information.

The SAA MA Program requires the following components for applicants to be considered for admission (expand sections to review important details):

Additional Information

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.


Admissions Decisions

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).