Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctoral Program
Be sure to check the appropriate pages for key information (such as the "Apply" page for information related to applying to our program).
Following are some questions and answers that do not naturally fit on specific pages.
Can I transfer credits from another program or institution into the EPET degree program?
The short answer is that it is possible to transfer credits into the program but it is not very common. For admitted students, the faculty will decide on a case-by-case basis which, if any, course credits can be transferred. Course descriptions and syllabi will be required.
Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. GRE scores are essential for doctoral admissions decisions, here and elsewhere.
Go to the APPLY page for more information.
Are there special application requirements for international students?
Interaction with fellow students is an important part of the Ph.D. experience. How does this happen?
For all students, interactions with fellow students occur in many ways, including interactions in shared classes, informal student groups (whether in person or using technologies such as Facebook or Slack or Zoom ...), research groups, or meeting at conferences. Hybrid students follow a more consistent pattern of classes in their early years, which can be an important way to build connections. On-campus students generally have a more flexible schedule for classes, and so graduate assistantships can be an important means for learning and growing together.
What are the educational requirements for admission?
There are no specific requirements beyond a bachelor's degree, outstanding credentials and/or achievements, and strong recommendations from those who understand the promise and demands of doctoral study. Most of our successful applicants do not come directly out of their undergraduate education into our program, but some do. Many have teaching experience or other relevant educational experience (other than being a student) which is a strong advantage in becoming an educational researcher but is not a requirement for admission. This is significant for those applying to the Hybrid program. Many applicants have master's degrees in related fields.
When will I find out if I am accepted?
Typically, applicants for both the on-campus and hybrid modes hear by March 1 regarding whether or not they have been accepted to the program.
What housing options are available for graduate students?
For On-Campus students
Graduate students in the on-campus program can make arrangements to live either on-campus, arrange for off-campus rental, or purchase a home off campus.
For Hybrid students
Students in the Hybrid program may find it advantageous to make housing arrangements on-campus, or nearby campus during the focused, face to face part of the program conducted during the summers. Students may choose to live on the beautiful MSU campus, taking advantage of the numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available here during the summer. EPET personnel will help make arrangements for each summer.