Next application deadline: APR. 1
for starting in Fall 2021
To apply to our program please follow the following steps:
What You Will Need
- Complete the Graduate School Application (online interactive application). The fee is $65 for domestic students, $75 for international, and can be paid with credit card, check (US Funds), or money order.
- Upload the following materials to the Applicant Portal:
- Academic Statement. This states your goals for graduate study and how this degree will help your future career. The academic statement should clearly identify why our particular program is a good fit for your academic goals.
- Personal Statement. This shares personal information that you would like the committee to know. This could include challenges you’ve overcome or things that might not be reflected in your other documents.
- Resume or Vita (CV).
- Email addresses for your three recommenders (Note: An email will be sent out to your recommenders providing them the information on where to submit their letters electronically.The department will only accept letters submitted via the online system.)
- At least one of the following (You can submit more than one): a portfolio of your work, a research paper, or your GRE scores. See below “deciding what to submit in your application” for more details about each
- Statement of Financial Proof *International students only*
- Send the following materials to the Director of MA Studies, Department of Media and Information, 404 Wilson Road, Room 409, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824:. Required by MSU Graduate school – Admission to a program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree requires completion of a level of education comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. High scholastic standing and suitable preparation for the intended field of study are also considered. Normally, Michigan State University does not accept three-year bachelor’s degrees, diplomas or certificates as comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.
- One copy of official transcripts and degree certification documents for all college work.
- Please note that the department will only accept hard copies of official transcripts. These must be sent directly from the degree granting institution.
- All other materials should be reported electronically through the Applicant Portal or reported via ETS to the University. Supporting materials sent as a hard copy that should be submitted electronically in the Applicant Portal will not be accepted by the department.
- Report the following directly to the Office of Admissions
- If you choose to submit official GRE Scores please use the university code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.)
- Official TOEFL/IELTS Scores International students only. (Note: Please use the University code of 1465. There is no need to use a department code.) If the international student has a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. University they do not need a TOEFL score. They will still need to take the MSU English Language test.**
Deciding what to submit for your application
A portfolio: Because our program has both a creative and research focus, we encourage students to submit a portfolio of their work to demonstrate their skills and previous training. This portfolio could be in the form of a pdf that has images of your work; a personal website with links to your work or detailing your achievements; an app or part of the game you developed; papers from one or more research projects where you participated, or any combination. The stipulation is that the student make it very clear exactly what is their work, especially if it is part of a larger project that was produced by a team.
A research paper: This requirement would demonstrate the student’s ability to do advanced academic research. It could be in the form of a literature review, an experiment or study, or some other written research. The paper must have correct citation formatting and be free from plagiarism. The paper should show deep analytical thinking and close attention to detail. If the paper is a team project, the student must clearly show their contribution to the paper.
The GRE: Traditionally, The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) has long been used to evaluate and rank applicants to graduate programs. In theory, the test is supposed to help admissions committees to efficiently and objectively sort candidates into ranked tiers. The GRE is sometimes helpful for students who have worked for several years and want to demonstrate their academic potential. The scores can potentially provide evidence of likely success in a graduate program. The GRE can also be helpful for students from undergraduate institutions that are not well known to the committee, to help indicate academic preparation. However, there are concerns that the GRE is biased and discriminatory, as GRE scores strongly correlate with race, gender, and socioeconomic status. As such, if students choose not to submit a GRE score that is their option.
A student can submit one, two, or all three of the above items.
**International students should be aware that in addition to your TOEFL/IELTS 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. Our department requires a score of 85 for each subsection. If 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 depending on the ELT scores may not be able to enroll for any additional academic courses. Once you have successfully completed the English Language courses (a grade of 3.5 or higher) you will be removed from provisional to regular status. For more information about the ELC test you may visit their website at elc.msu.edu.
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