MA Admission Information
Prospective students must submit:
- a Graduate School application;
- official transcripts from all colleges attended (applicants must have completed the minimum of a 4 year bachelors program);
- official GRE test scores on the General Test (we like to see scores at least in the 50th percentile);
- TOEFL test scores for international students (The department requires a minimum of 91 IBT with no subscores below 22; or a 237 CBT with no subscores below 22; or a 580 PBT with no subscores below 55. Reported scores must be no older than 2 years);
- three letters of recommendation (no special forms required);
- a personal statement and an academic statement of goals for graduate study and professional career. (The academic statement should clearly identify to which emphasis the student wishes to apply.)
Admission is determined by an evaluation of the complete application package. Students whose grade-point averages were below 3.25 in the last two years of their undergraduate work must present evidence of special merit through professional experience or extracurricular activities. Students without adequate background in telecommunication through courses or professional experience will be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate coursework.
An applicant's file cannot be evaluated until all materials have arrived. The deadline for receipt of application and all materials is April 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.
To apply to our program please follow the following steps:
1. Complete the Graduate School Application (online interactive application). The fee is $50 and can be paid with credit card, check (US Funds), or money order.
2. Go to the college's Graduate Information Management System (GIMS) website, https://www.gims.msu.edu/gims/cas/apply/welcome.do and create an account. This system will allow you to submit the following materials online:
- Three letters of recommendation (Note: An email will be sent out to your recommenders automatically once you list them in your GIMS profile, providing them the information on where to go to submit their letters electronically. So please be sure to list acurate information.)
- Academic Statement
- Personal Statement
- Resume or Vita (optional)
3. Send the following materials to the Director of MA Studies, Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, 409 Communication Arts & Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824:
- One copy of official transcripts of all college work.
- Statement of financial proof (PDF) *International students only*
Please note that the department will only accept hard copies of official transcripts and statements of financial proof (for International students). All other materials should be reported electronically through GIMS or reported via ETS to the University. Supporting materials sent as a hard copy that should be submitted electronically in GIMS will not be accepted by the department.
4. Report the following directly to the Office of Admissions
- Official GRE Scores (Note: Please use the university code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)
- Official TOEFL Scores *International students only* (Note: Please use the University code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code. )
Graduate assistantships and financial aid awards will be based on merit.
**International students should be aware that in addition to your TOEFL score meeting our minimum standards, we require that all admitted International students take the English Language test provided by the University upon arrival to MSU. International students are required to take this test prior to enrolling for courses and placement into courses will be done so according to the test results. If you for some reason you do not pass the test, you will be required to take a semester of English Language courses at your expense, and may not be able to enroll for any additional academic courses. Once you have successfully completed the English Language courses you will be removed from provisional to regular status. For more information about the ELC test you may visit their website at www.elc.msu.edu. For up-to-date information on tuition and fees please go to http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/TuitionCalculator.aspx.