Application Process

Application into the Masters of Public Policy are accepted for Fall Semester ONLY.  The application deadline each year is JUNE 15.

Application:

Step One (Start): Apply online for admission here: https://grad.msu.edu/apply/.  You may pay your application fee at this point.  This step initiates your application process by generating an applicant ID.

Step Two (Upload/Request): After starting your application at the above link, you will receive an e-mail with a login and password.  Go then to www.admissions.msu.edu/gradportal and login.  Here you will be prompted to upload the following support documents and request letters of recommendation.

Required supporting documents include:

  • Personal Statement: The personal statement focuses on your abilities and preparation to do graduate level work, your interests related to public policy, and your professional career goals.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals qualified to assess your promise of success in a graduate program (e.g. college or university faculty, individuals at research or other scholarly institutions, teaching assistants, etc.).  Please request letters of recommendation through the grad portal, instead of sending them directly to the department.  If you have difficulty with this or any further questions, please contact Karen Battin, Graduate Programs Assistant, at battink@msu.edu

Step Three (Send): Send (or have sent) official transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores to the Department of Political Science.

Department of Political Science
368 Farm Lane, S303 South Kedzie Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

A Complete application file must include the following:

  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study mailed the Department of Politial Science at the above address.
  • Official GRE Scores: The student must ensure that his/her official report of GRE scores are sent to Michigan State University.  Use the following codes to order scores: University code: 1465.  Department code: 1903 Public Policy.  The GRE must be recent (less than 5 years old).  You will enter your scores on the application if they are available, but you must also have the official report sent to MSU.  For information on the GRE refer tohttp://www.ets.org/gre or http://www.testingoffice.msu.edu
  • Test of English as Foreign Languate (TOEFL): This is applicable for non-native English speakers only.  Applicants whose native language is not English will be expected to submit scores from the TOEFL.  MSU’s minimum Internet based test (iBT) requirements are: no sub-score below 19 reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub-score below 22; with a minimum average score of 80.  Since communication, verbal and written, is an important component of the MPP higher sub-scores in the TOEFL are most helpful for the application.  Seehttp://www.ets.org/toefl/institutions/scores/interpret/ for score interpretation.

Information on Chinese Graduate Applications: During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the Department of Political Science.  MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Department of Political Science:

Michigan State University
Department of Political Science
368 Farm Lane, S303 South Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

Transcripts uploaded through the portal by the applicant are not considered official.

Effective Spring 2015, Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts(大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本科学位证书). All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC.  For those Master degree granted students, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC.

Linked BA/BS-MPP Applicants: to apply refer to the steps in the Linked BA/BS-MPP description at http://polisci.msu.edu/mpp/admissions/linked-ba-mpp/.  You will generate an application form online as described in the steps above but you will only be required to submit two letters of recommendation.  Linked BA/BS-MPP students may apply under certain circumstances to Spring Semester.