Q. Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?
Recommendation letters should be written by individuals who can speak about your academic ability, your commitment to the field of student affairs, and your attributes and experiences that will make you a successful student in our SAA M.A. program. You should include at least one (1) letter of recommendation from a current or former faculty member who can speak directly about your academic ability. In order to present us with a well-rounded picture of who you are, you may want to ask recommenders to provide specific qualities, experiences, or examples, illustrating your academic abilitiy and potential.
Q. When must I commit to the SAA M.A. program?
You must inform the coordinator of the HALE SAA M.A. program of your admissions decision by April 15.
Q. How can I speak with faculty and current students about the SAA M.A. program?
Admitted students are invited to attend Spartan Preview Days (SPD). Within SPD there are opportunities to speak with faculty and current students. Admitted students may also email our HALE SAA M.A. ambassador, SAA MA Program Coordinator, Affiliate Faculty for Student Affairs Praxis and Professional Development, or HALE Administrative Assistant to request additional information about the program.
Q. Can I transfer courses?
HALE Credit Transfer Policy
Policies regarding credit transfer can be found in MSU’s Academic Programs Catalog on the webpage of the Office of the Registrar. With approval of the College and the student’s academic advisor, as many as nine (9) semester credits of graduate course work may be transferred into HALE affiliated degree programs from postsecondary accredited institutions (including MSU graduate courses and Lifelong Education credits) if they are appropriate to a student’s program.
HALE affiliated degree programs do not accept transfer credits for courses that are designated as core required courses. Courses proposed for transfer into a HALE affiliated degree program will be evaluated on a case by case basis with the following criteria, as applicable.
The course must meet the following three criteria:
- the course has not been used toward the completion of another degree;
- the course must have at least a 3.0 grade or its equivalent; and
- the course was completed within the time limits approved for the earning of the degree.
The course must also meet one of the following criteria:
- the course currently does not exist at MSU and fulfills the student’s program plan as an elective course; or
- the course is equivalent to an elective course currently offered at MSU.
To request a transfer of credits, a Credit Evaluation form must be completed, signed by the student’s academic advisor, and submitted to the HALE Administrative Assistant along with an official copy of the transcript listing the course. Unofficial transcripts or those stamped “issued to student” will not be accepted.
There is no guarantee that requested transfer credits will be accepted toward HALE affiliated degrees.
Q. How long does it take to complete the SAA M.A. program?
A full-time student should complete their coursework in two years.
Q. When will I be assigned an advisor?
Students receive an advisor before the start of their initial fall semester.
Q. Are there funding opportunities for SAA M.A. students?
Yes. Admitted students have the opportunity to interview for graduate assistantships at Spartan Preview Days. The program coordinator provides additional information about the assistantship application process to admitted students.
Q. Do I need a Graduate Assistantship to attend the SAA M.A. program?
No, although most all students have a graduate assistantship. Although not required, having a GA is very beneficial, as it allows students to directly connect coursework to practical experiences and to gain institutional insight as well as in-depth working knowledge of a functional area within the field of student affairs.
What is SAGA?
The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) is the student organization providing educational, professional, and social opportunities for students interested in the field of student affairs.
How do I set up a MSU Mail account?
How do I enroll for classes?
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. To drop a course after the middle of the term, you must follow the regulations 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 get my grades, class schedule, billing information, and account details?
This information is available in your StuInfo account.
Do I need to use my MSU email account?
The university will only use your MSU email address to send official communication. You may auto-forward all incoming email to another account.
Where can I find general resource information and technical support?
Visit academic resources.
For questions about D2L
Go to the D2L Help website.
Where can I get help with my writing?
Support is available at the MSU Writing Center.