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Application Process
Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration 

Individuals interested in applying to begin in the Fall should submit application materials by December 15.

Completed applications received after December 15 will be considered for fall admission as space permits.


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Follow these steps to ensure a complete application:

When you complete the first part of the MSU graduate school application and pay the application fee, you will be given access to the applicant portal. There, you will provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. They, in turn, will receive an auto-generated email with directions to upload their letters. There are no additional forms and they do not need to mail their letters.

  1. Complete the online MSU graduate application (SAA program code is 2246)
    A. Pay the application fee
    B. The graduate school application asks for an academic statement and a personal statement. Under each field, please enter “Please see my personal statement uploaded on the Graduate Education applicant portal.” Please do not submit an academic statement; we will only review your personal statement which you will submit on the Graduate Education Portal. See specific directions on the Admissions Criteria page.
    C. Provide contact information for three recommenders. The system will generate an auto-message from to recommenders with directions to upload letters on the portal.
  2. On the Graduate Education applicant portal, upload the following files (in PDF format):
    A. Personal statement
    B. Resume
  3. Request the registrar of each college or university attended to send one copy of each official transcript. To be considered official, the transcript must have a university seal or notarization mark; a transcript issued to student is not official.  Official transcript should be sent directly by the institution via email to or by mail to:

    Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program

    c/o HALE Admissions Assistant

    Department of Educational Administration

    Michigan State University

    Erickson Hall

    620 Farm Lane Rm 423

    East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

Please note that the GRE or an academic interview are not required for admission. However, newly admitted SAA students will have many opportunities to meet and talk with faculty at Spartan Preview Days.

Helpful Hints in Completing Your Application:

Check the SAA Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the application process.

We encourage you to begin the application process in enough time to complete all components by the December 15 deadline. It is your responsibility to check on the status of your application on the Graduate Education applicant portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions about or issues with any part of the application process, please contact or (517) 353-5187.

U. S. Residents:

U. S. applicants who are not already admitted to graduate study at MSU must submit the Graduate Application for Admission. An application fee and college transcripts of all previous academic work must be submitted with this form.

More Information on Admission to the MSU Graduate School
Online & Downloadable Application to Graduate Study

International Students:

International students seeking admission to graduate study at MSU are required to submit the International Graduate Application for Admission, proof of financial support, and proof of proficiency in English. For more information, visit the Information for International Applicants page of the MSU Graduate School.

For additional assistance, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars, 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 105, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, (517) 353-1720 or email:

Transferring from other Michigan State Graduate Programs:

Applicants who wish to transfer into the HALE MA from another MSU graduate program not in the Department of Educational Administration must complete a new application, including the Graduate Application for Admission and all supplemental materials to the HALE unit. Current students in the Department of Educational Administration looking to transfer to another program within the Department of Educational Administration should consult their faculty advisor and the coordinator of the program.


Admission decisions for the Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration occur once a year. The deadline for applications is December 15 for optimal consideration.  Completed applications received after December 15 will be considered for fall admission as space permits.