Admissions

Application into the Master 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://explore.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): 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, professional supervisors, etc.).  Please request letters of recommendation through the application page.  If you have difficulty with this or any further questions, please contact msumpp@msu.edu.

Step Three (Send): Have official transcripts and English Language Competency test scores (if required) sent to the Department of Political Science. For more information on which tests MSU accepts, along with procedures to request a waiver for English Language Competency, please see: https://grad.msu.edu/english-language-competency

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 Political Science at the above address.
  • Official GRE Scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores are optional for all MPP applicants for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. If you have already taken the GRE and would like to submit your scores, you can send your official report of GRE scores to Michigan State University. Use the following codes to order scores: University code: 1465.  Department code: 1903 Public Policy.  You can enter your scores on your application but should also have the official report sent to MSU.  For information on the GRE refer to http://www.ets.org/gre or http://www.testingoffice.msu.edu.
  •  English Language Competency Test Scores: English Language Competency tests are required for international applicants and applicants whose first language is not English.  Applicants should have all test scores sent directly from the testing agency directly to Michigan State University. For fall 2022 admissions, Michigan State University accepts: Duolingo English Test, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, and IELTS Indicator tests. For more information on which tests MSU accepts, along with procedures to request a waiver for English Language Competency, please see: https://grad.msu.edu/english-language-competency

Information on International 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 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.

Linked BA/BS-MPP Applicants: You will generate an application form online as described in the steps above. Linked BA/BS-MPP students may apply under certain circumstances to Spring Semester.

MPP Teaching and Research Assistantships

The Master of Public Policy program offers competitive Departmental assistantships for incoming students. Recipients of the Departmental assistantships work during the Fall and Spring semesters (10 hours if the assistantship is quarter-time or 20 hours if the assistantship is half-time) on research, teaching, or administrative assignments for the program. In return, recipients receive a stipend, tuition and fee waivers (for 9 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters), and health insurance coverage.

To apply for the Departmental assistantships, supply the normal application for admission and indicate an interest by February 15 via email to msumpp@msu.edu. Candidates considered for the assistantships may be emailed requests for further information or a personal interview.

IPPSR Fellows

MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), in conjunction with the Master of Public Policy Program, offers competitive IPPSR fellowships for incoming students. Fellows work at IPPSR during the Fall and Spring Semesters (10 hours if the assistantship is quarter-time or 20 hours if the assistantship is half-time) on research assistantships, applying research findings to Michigan public policy issues and compiling information for policymakers and civic education efforts. Fellows will also be involved in event organizing and online publishing. Fellows receive a stipend, tuition and fee waivers (for 9 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters), and health insurance coverage. Mid-career applicants who have worked in Michigan government or the policymaking community are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply for the IPPSR fellowships, supply the normal application for admission and indicate an interest by May 15 via email to msumpp@msu.edu. Candidates considered for the fellowships may be emailed requests for further information or a personal interview.

 Additional Funding Opportunities

We also offer Public Policy Learning Assistantships and Public Policy Research Assistantship opportunities where students can either assist an instructor-of-record in course preparation or collaborative learning exercises for a policy class, or assist a faculty-of-record, post-doc, or graduate student with hands-on public policy research. PPLAs and PPRAs are provided a small stipend. PPLA/PPRAs are selected each Fall and Spring semesters; students are only eligible for these positions after their first semester in the program.

Feel free to visit MSU’s Graduate School for more funding opportunities: https://grad.msu.edu/funding. MSU offers residential life graduate assistantships (https://liveon.msu.edu/graduateassistantships), need-based scholarships (https://finaid.msu.edu/grad.asp), among other funding opportunities.  

About the Program:

The Departments of Political Science and Economics offer a five-year Linked Bachelor and Master of Public Policy Degree programs. The Linked Program is designed for students who want to pursue professional careers in policy analysis, program management, and policy advocacy. This program allows MSU undergraduates to apply up to 12 approved credits from the undergraduate level to their master degree requirements. As a result, undergraduates can get a jump start on their professional careers by earning both a bachelor's (BA or BS) degree and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in just five years.

Program Admissions and Application Information:

Students normally apply for the new Linked BA/BS-MPP programs option during the end of their junior year of undergraduate studies with the expectation of starting the program during their senior year.  To be admitted, students must do the following:

●     Meet with Academic Advisor Krista Zeig (kzeig@msu.edu) to see if the Linked Program will work with your degree and career plans.

●     Apply online as described in the general application process to the MPP

●     Through the online application submit a Personal Statement describing interest in, and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in public policy.  More specifically, you may describe why you would like to be admitted to the Linked Program.  Summarize your professional goals and how you believe this program will help you attain those goals.  List any special analytic or research skills you possess that may be useful in graduate study.  Also, describe any substantive policy areas (i.e., education, the environment, health care) or specific policy problems (i.e., economic development, government regulation, state fiscal issues, etc.) of particular interest to you.

●     Through the online application, request THREE letters of recommendation from faculty members addressing your potential for success in graduate study in public policy.

●     Provide current academic transcript(s).  Mail to: Department of Political Science, 368 Farm Lane, S303 South Kedzie Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Linked Programs are open to current MSU undergraduates majoring in political science or economics, although a similar dual-enrollment option in the MPP Program is available to MSU undergraduates with other majors.  Admission to the Linked Program is competitive.  Students should have strong academic backgrounds (i.e., undergraduate grade point averages of 3.50 or above); they should have done well in their political science, economics, and public policy courses; and they should have a clear desire to pursue a career in public policy.

 

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