Graduate FAQ

Pre-Admission

If you are applying to the Criminal Justice masters program and your overall undergraduate GPA is 3.2 or higher (or you have already completed a graduate degree), you do not need to submit GRE scores.

If you are applying to the Forensic Science masters program or Criminal Justice doctoral program, you must submit GRE general exam scores.

All credits and quality points earned throughout your undergraduate studies will be combined to determine your overall undergraduate GPA.

Yes. Unless your undergraduate GPA is 3.2 or higher or you already hold an advanced degree, the GRE is required for application.

After completing the GRE, the Verbal and Quantitative scores should be displayed on the screen. Please note them and e-mail the scores to the graduate secretary (burrier@msu.edu). While we will need matching official scores on file if you are offered admission, self-reported scores will suffice for review.

We will need official transcripts from all schools attended, whether credits transferred or not.

No. We will have access to them and any other transcripts you have sent to MSU in the past.

You can find information about on-campus graduate dorms and university apartments at www.liveon.msu.edu.

Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information about financial aid as well as a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Students are often eligible for certain loans if they take at least 6 credits. Loans are also available for computer equipment required in the program. Information may be obtained by contacting the financial aid office at 517-353-5940, e-mail, or by visiting the Office of Financial Aid website.

Since this is a degree-granting program veteran benefits may be applicable. Students eligible for veterans benefits must submit the required certificate to the VA office on campus. Information may be obtained by contacting the Veteran Certification Office at 517-355-5032, or visit Veterans Certification or the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Students may transfer up to nine (9) credits towards a masters degree upon approval of an MSU academic advisor.  These can be MSU Lifelong Education credits, credits from other accredited institutions with graduate programs, or a combination of both. Please contact the graduate academic advisor for procedures. A grade of 3.0 or higher must have been received in the course you wish to transfer.

Post-Admission

You will not be able to get started with any student processes until you have received your PID (Student Identification Number) and PAN (Personal Access Number) numbers from the Office of Admissions.  Your PID and PAN will be sent to you from the Office of Admissions once your admission is processed. It may take several weeks from the time you have been accepted until you receive these.

The Office of Admissions will send you these numbers and it may take several weeks from the time you were notified of acceptance until you receive these.

MSU NetIDs provide access to the official MSU e-mail system and many other online services. You will use your NetID and password to enroll in courses, check your MSU e-mail, log  into library services, and log into ANGEL or D2L (the online classroom platforms), among other services.

You will need your PID and PAN numbers to activate your MSU Net ID.  These will come from the Office of Admissions.  Go to https://www.netid.msu.edu to activate your MSU NetID with the PID and PAN numbers provided.  If you need assistance with setting up your account, please contact the help desk for assistance at (517) 355-4500.

To obtain the course schedule information go to the Schedule of Courses. Select the semester and subject.  To filter for only 800-level courses, type 8** in the course number section, then click on Search for Courses.

Click here for more information on offered courses, or on the course number at Schedule of Courses.

To obtain textbook information go to Schedule of Courses.  Select the semester, subject, and course number, and then click on Search for Courses.  Once you have found the course, click on the section number (usually 001) to view the textbook information. Once you have the ISBNs, you can order your books at a number of different websites: Spartan Bookstore, Amazon

To view drop/add period information, go to the go to Schedule of Courses. Select the semester and subject, enter the course number, then click on Search for Courses.  Once you have found the course, click on the section number (usually 001) to view important add-drop dates and the textbooks/materials required.

If you are a Criminal Justice masters student, Ms. Barbara Kolar will be your advisor throughout the program.  She can be reached via e-mail at kolarba@msu.edu or by phone at  517-353-9866.  She can assist you with curriculum questions.

Forensic Science masters students should contact the coordinator of their concentration of study.

First-year doctoral students may address questions to Dr. Christopher Melde, Director of Graduate Studies. He can be reached at melde@msu.edu or by appointment.

Please contact graduate secretary Melissa Christle at burrier@msu.edu for assistance if you need an override for a class.

Students have specific enrollment periods, and will be sent notification by the Registrar’s Office when the enrollment period is approaching. Students typically enroll for fall and spring semester classes at the same time and summer semester separately.  The fall/spring enrollment period is usually in early April and the summer enrollment period is usually in mid-March.

You can enroll in classes on the Schedule of Courses website.  Click on Schedule Builder to search for classes and add them to your schedule. Follow the screen instructions to enroll. If you have difficulty enrolling in a course, you may need an override. Please contact graduate secretary Melissa Christle at burrier@msu.edu if you have difficulty enrolling in a Criminal Justice course.

Enrollment Information can be found here.

Enroll using the Schedule Builder.

View each academic year’s important dates and deadlines here.

View the current billing calendar here.

STU-Info is the place to go for student services.  You will find information about your grades, student account, enrollment date, billing services, student loan information, and financial aid, along with links to many other student services.

STU-Info is the place to go for student services.  You will find information about your grades, student account, enrollment date, billing services, student loan information, and financial aid along with links to many other student services.