Health and Risk Communication Master's Program Application Process

Application Deadline: June 1 for Fall admission

Admission is determined by the Health and Risk Communication Master's Affairs Committee. Selection criteria emphasizes grade point average, coursework, TOEFL for international students, letters of recommendation and student's academic interests. Note: The GRE requirement is not required.

Questions? Additional information about the Master's in Health and Risk Communication Program may be obtained from:

Marge Barkman
Academic Programs Coordinator
barkman@msu.edu
517-355-3471
404 Wilson Rd., 472 ComArtSci
East Lansing, MI 48824

Step 1

Complete the Online MSU Graduate School Application and pay the fee

The fee is $65 for domestic students and $75 for international students and can be paid with credit card, check (U.S. funds) or money order (see application for details). Please remember to write down the application ID number because it is needed for the next step.

Step 2

Upload the following documents through the MSU Application Portal

The MSU Graduate Application system will require online submission of the following (no hardcopies of the following will be accepted):

  • Official Transcripts - A copy can be uploaded in portal for committee review but official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 250, East Lansing, MI 48824-2604.
  • List Three Recommenders’ Names and their email addresses: Recommenders should be persons familiar with your academic and/or professional work and are willing to assess your aptitude for graduate work. Once you have listed your recommenders and their email addresses the system will generate an email to your recommenders explaining the process to submit their letters electronically (NO HARDCOPIES accepted).
  • An Academic Statement: A concise academic statement of your plans for graduate study, your career goals, and how Michigan State's Health and Risk Communication Master's program will help you meet your career and educational objectives.
  • A Personal Statement: A concise personal statement about how your background and life experiences, including social, economic, cultural, familial, education, or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
  • A Resume: Include all activities that account for your time since earning a bachelor's degree (e.g. employment, military service, travel). Be sure to include the type of activity, name of employer, city/state, and dates. List the most recent activity first. Also, include all relevant professional experiences, locations and dates.
  • For International Applicants only Statement of Financial Proof and Official Bank Statement: For further information please visit the website The Graduate School website.

Step 3

Send the Documents Listed Below Directly to the Office of Admissions:

The applicant must request each college or university attended to date to submit one copy of the official transcript to the Health & Risk Communication Masters program. The transcripts should show the courses taken and the grades earned. 

  • Domestic Transcripts

Transcripts from domestic institutions can be sent electronically from the institution to the Academic Program Coordinator, Marge Barkman, barkman@msu.edu OR send directly to the Office of Admissions.

  • International Transcripts

Official copies of ALL records from all postsecondary schooling attended/attending. Mark sheets, transcripts, certificates, and diplomas, must be submitted as official documents directly from each institution. In most cases, these documents will need to be sent in official, sealed, issuing institution envelopes. If you are not in your home country, you can arrange for a friend or family to pick up the documents, sealed in an envelope from the institution and mail them to the address listed below on your behalf. The documents need to be in a sealed envelope from the institution for it to be considered official.

Records must show courses taken, grades earned, and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language. Translations must be done by the issuing institution, a certified translator in the country of study, or by an American Translator’s Association certified translator in the US. The original record should be also included.

Note: MSU requires final, degree-granting academic records to be sent as proof of degree award. Many international transcripts do not indicate degree award information, and therefore MSU requests applicants send official copies of their final degree diplomas as proof of degree award.

For applicants who have been awarded degrees - final, official records should be sent during the application process. For applicants completing degree programs during the application process, the latest, official, available academic records should be sent, with final records sent as soon as possible after admission.

Review MSU's INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS for country-specific transcript information. 

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Office of Admissions
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426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824-2604 

Step 4

Request that ETS Send the Documents Listed Below to the University in an Electronic Format

  • Note for International Applicants ONLY:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet based test an average of 93 minimum with no sub-scores below 21. When submitting scores please use the university code of 1465 (no department code) and submit directly to the Office of Admissions, 250 Administration Bldg., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Step 5

Track the Status of your Application Online Using the University Application Portal

If you have questions regarding your application please contact Marge Barkman, Academic Programs Coordinator, barkman@msu.edu.