Michigan State University

426 Auditorium Road, Room 250
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-8332
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Michigan State University traces its roots back to 1855 when it was founded as the first land-grant institution, serving as a model for future land-grant institutions. The university led the way in packaging, hospitality business, supply chain management, and telecommunication studies and is the largest of any single-campus university in the country. Michigan State University is also the ninth-largest university in the U.S. with a total enrolment of more than 47,800 students. U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State No. 72 in National Universities in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. To extend the reach of the university’s programs, Michigan State University designed a variety of degree programs to be delivered in an online format. Students can choose from bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs that they can complete entirely online or in hybrid form.

Programs Offered

Michigan State University offers a few bachelor’s programs and a plethora of master’s degrees entirely online — the two doctorate degrees are offered in the hybrid format. Certificates are also available online for students who do not desire a complete degree but would like to advance their knowledge and skills in a specialized area of study. Online courses and programs hold the same accreditation status as their campus-based counterparts, but allow students greater flexibility in juggling work and family obligations while pursuing higher education. Michigan State University’s faculty ensures online students receive the same academic rigor, renowned curriculum, and personalized attention as provided in traditional classroom settings.


Michigan State University received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to grant degrees to graduating students. Specialized accreditation was also awarded by 13 other accrediting agencies for individual programs.


Freshmen applying for admission to Michigan State University can expect to complete an application online, pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee, and submit required documents to be considered. Among the documents necessary for application, students must include a personal statement, official high school transcripts, and ACT or SAT scores. International and transferring students will need to submit additional supporting documents including TOEFL scores (if English is not the primary language of the applicant), financial documents proving ability to pay tuition costs, and official documentation of previously completed college credit. Graduate admission requirements vary by program, but generally require an applicant to hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

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