MSU Application for Graduate Study
Submit your application online, along with paying the application fee ($65.00 US) at http://grad.msu.edu/apply/
After completing the Application for Graduate Study and paying the fee, applicants will be sent, via email, an invitation to complete and upload the supplemental application materials through the Graduate Education Application Portal. You will need the application ID assigned to you along with the password you created for your graduate application.
Note: While the MSU Application for Graduate Study includes an option to report GRE or GMAT scores, these are not required to apply to the MATC.
Chinese Cert and NOYCE/SETSUP—use code 6727
All other applicants—use code 6728
The official "paid" Application for Graduate Study must be received by the MATC Admissions Office for your application to be officially "activated" in our department. Application files will not be reviewed until all required materials are received.
Upload Information to Portal
Mail to Office
Official (sealed) transcripts: One transcript from each degree-granting institution attended. We will obtain all MSU transcripts if you previously attended MSU. All Chinese Cert (CTCP) applications must provide university-sealed transcripts with English translation, original or certified copies of degree certificates, and CDGDC verification of both transcripts and degree certificates.
Mail transcripts to:
MATC Admissions Office
Department of Teacher Education
Phone: (517) 432-7705
Fax: (517) 432-5092
Michigan State University
347 Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Application Suggested Deadlines:
Applications to the MATC program are reviewed as soon as they are complete. Our deadlines are suggestions for efficiency of processing and ease of enrollment for the applicant. Applications will continue to be considered beyond the suggested deadlines as long as space and time remain. If you need more detail about deadlines, please contact the program secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Summer: April 1
- Fall: July 15
- Spring: November 20
- The MATC may not be offered to residents of Kentucky
- The K-12 ESL graduate specialization may not be offered to residents of the U.S. Territories and Canadian Provinces.
Application Review Process
Review of applications occurs at two levels: (1) at the TE Department level by MATC faculty, and (2) at the university level by the Graduate School Admissions Office. Applications are reviewed by MATC faculty during the month after the posted deadline each semester. The heaviest application and review periods of the year tend to be for summer and fall admission. The MATC Application and Checklist are available here.
Once the MSU Application for Graduate Study, official transcripts and all other application materials required by MSU and the MATC program have been uploaded to the Graduate Education Application Portal, faculty review the application file and decide whether to recommend, accept, accept provisionally or deny the application based on the following criteria:
- Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Consideration is given to the quality of undergraduate courses taken and grades earned in one’s major area(s) of study and teaching;
- Applicants must have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for the final two years of undergraduate study.
- Faculty look for a match between the applicant’s goals and resources, and what the MATC program can offer. Sometimes further clarification is sought from an applicant, and based on that information, s/he may be accepted, denied or referred to another program that appears to be a better match to the applicant’s stated goals and interests.
- Faculty review all of the other materials required by the MATC program to complete an application file: the applicant’s “goals statement,” professional essay, teaching and professional experiences as represented in the applicant’s résumé, and in the three recommendation letters. More detailed criteria for each of the above and their relative weights are outlined the Application Review form used by faculty reviewers.
- The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required, but GRE scores will be reviewed if available at the time of application.
- International Applicants. MSU requires proof of English language proficiency of international applicants if their first language is not English. In order to be considered for admission to the Graduate School, international applicants can provide TOEFL scores in one of the following ways and meeting the minimum requirements, as indicated below:
- Internet-based test, with an average score of 79 or above, no sub-score below 19, and a score on the writing component of this test of 22 or above. (Please note: As of Sept. 7, 2005, only the internet-based test is available for those taking the TOEFL in the United States.); OR
- Paper-based version of the TOEFL, with a total score of 550 or above and no sub-score below 52; OR
- Computer-based version of the TOEFL, with a total score of 213 or above and no sub-score below 19.
- Achieving the minimum scores above does not guarantee an applicant’s admission to the MATC program. Multiple sources of information in an applicant’s file are considered in admission decisions. For example, you may be admitted provisionally if your English language proficiency does not meet the minimum requirement for regular admission to the University, but you meet all other requirements.
- A certified statement of financial proof for international applicants is required along with some other documentation outlined in MSU’s Application for Graduate Study. Further information regarding this and the TOEFL is found on the Graduate School’s web pages for international applicants and in the MSU Application for Graduate Study.
NOTE: This is a complete online program so it is not available for international students who wish to complete a program in the United States.
The coordinator of the MATC program then reviews the faculty’s recommendations for admission, makes the final admission decision and assigns an academic advisor to the new graduate student. The recommendations from the review committee and the coordinator are then processed for final approval in the College of Education by the associate dean.
The MATC coordinator notifies each applicant by letter of the department’s recommendation. In this letter, the new graduate student is told who his/her advisor will be and the advisor’s campus address, phone number and email address. The student is urged to contact his or her advisor as soon as possible to introduce himself/herself and begin planning his/her program with the advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her advisor upon admission, not the other way around.
Interested in Literacy
For those interested in literacy, please note your interest during application process, or contact the master's advisor for more information.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s). Alabama State Department of Education website.
Student enrollment in K-12 English as a Second Language is currently restricted in the following states:
- U.S. Territories
- Canadian Provinces
Application & Admissions Forms
MSU’s Application for Graduate Study
The university prefers that you submit your Application for Graduate Study online because this will expedite your application. The information that you provide in your application will automatically feed into MSU’s computer system and can be quickly transmitted electronically to the MATC program’s office. You can save your application online and return to it as often as you like until you have completed it and are ready to submit it. See Application-Admissions Checklist for how to apply to the program).
You may download (PDF), print and submit a paper copy of the Application form. (However, submitting a paper copy will take longer to receive and process.) A printed copy of the application may be helpful to use for reference while preparing and completing your application online. There are guidelines, checklists, and other critical information in the form itself for both domestic and international applicants.
The current program code to select for the MATC (Item #17 on graduate application)
6728 Teaching and Curriculum (online)
NOTE: Please do not use code 6727 unless you are specifically told to do so.
Application for Readmission (MSU online form)
Students whose enrollment at Michigan State University is interrupted for more than three consecutive terms (including Summer); whose last enrollment ended with recess or dismissal. This application should be submitted at least one (1) month prior to the beginning of the term in which the student expects to resume studies.
Supporting Information form (Word and PDF)
This form is to be completed and uploaded to the Graduate Education Portal. If you experience difficulties uploading to the portal, please contact the MATC program secretary following the submission of your Application for Graduate Study and application fee to the university. Receipt of your paid university application with completed personal and academic statements and Supporting Information Form uploaded to the portal will officially “activate” your application file.
Sample Template for Professional Résumé or Vita (PDF)
Use this template and follow its general format to update your professional résumé. Make sure that you have included as much of the kind of information as possible that is listed under each section, particularly “Professional Activities.” Omit any items on this form that do not apply to you or that you feel you cannot address at this time.
The Professional Essay (guide for formatting (PDF) | guide for formatting (doc))
These are the guidelines, criteria and choice of questions or prompts to address in your professional essay, an important part of your application to the MATC program. Select one (1) of the two options, and upload your essay to your application portal.
For questions about the application process or any of the materials, please contact:
Program Secretary, MATC Program Secretary
620 Farm Lane—347 Erickson Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
email@example.com | Tel: (517) 432-7705 | Fax: (517) 432-5092
Costs and Financial Aid
Please see MSU's Student Accounts page for current tuition rates and fees. (See "Education Masters" under "Online Programs Special Program Fees" for MATC online tuition rates)
All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years. (Extensions are possible, see: Timeline For Navigating the MATC)
Office of Financial Aid
Michigan State University's Office of Financial Aid provides up-to-date information about tuition, fees, payment options in addition to online and onsite assistance with loans, scholarships and other matters related to student budgeting and costs.
Office of Financial Aid
252 Student Services Bldg
E. Lansing, MI 48824-1113
Tel: (517) 353-5940
Fax: (517) 432-1155
Educational Opportunity Fellowship (EOP)
Students with a demonstrated financial need, based on the the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for this fellowship and must have an FAFSA application on file for the year 2009-10 in order to process the application. For more details and access to the application, please see the MSU Graduate School's page for the EOP Fellowship.
The TEACH Grant is a Federal program providing up to $4,000 per year to full-time students (reduced funding possible for those attending less than full-time) who plan to teach in a limited number of high-need subject areas at schools with low-income families.
Emergency Funding (MSU Graduate School)
The Graduate School has updated the instructions and application form for graduate students to apply for Emergency Fellowship Funding. The updated application form and instructions are available for downloading from the website below.
If you have specific questions please contact Roseann Marsh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MSU Controller's Office
The MSU Controller's Office is the MSU campus resource for Cashier Services, Billing and Receivables and various forms of fee-sponsored financial aid and fellowships.
|MSU Controller's Office
|Rooms 110 and 140 Hannah Administration Building
|East Lansing, MI 48824
|Cashier Services: (517) 355-5023
|Billing and Receivables: (517) 355-3343
|Toll Free: (800) 775-4243
|Fees and Scholarships: (517) 355-5050
|Fax: (517) 353-9640
Credit Earned Incentives For MSU Interns
Prospective students who have completed the Fifth-year Teacher Certification Internship Year at Michigan State may include nine (9) credits from the internship year as part of their MATC degree program, TE 801, TE 802, TE 804. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Kurf, MATC program advisor (email@example.com or (517) 884-1889).
Additionally, students in the Teacher Preparation Program who opt to complete an approved study abroad program during the summer prior to their internship year may take those credits (typically, TE 815 and TE 894) as a graduate student admitted to the MATC program, thus bringing 15 graduate credits (including credits taken during the internship year) into their program.
For more information about the specific study abroad options that are open to MSU Teacher Preparation Program candidates who are prospective MATC students, please contact Joella Cogan, head advisor in the College of Education Student Affairs Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 353-9680).
International student prospects as well as those already admitted to MSU's graduate programs will find the Graduate School's links for International Students informative and helpful. (With additional information about such things as English Language requirements as well as access to the International Student Application.)
Included among the Graduate School pages is MSU's Office of International Students And Scholars providing information about and support for international students and their families including the latest updates regarding government regulations and related issues of concern.