Graduate Online FAQ

Pre-Admission

Courses are taught entirely online and do not require any on campus time. Students are invited and encouraged, but not required, to attend the graduation ceremony at the completion of the program. Coming to graduation also enables students to meet in person the staff and faculty they have been in contact with during the program.

Note: there is one LEIA course (CJ839) which is offered as a one week intensive course.  It is taught mainly in East Lansing but may be offered in other locations across the country.  This LEIA class is included in a selection of ten classes of which students will need to take five.

The GRE exam is waived for candidates with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher or for applicants with a completed graduate degree. Please note that your overall GPA will be determined by combining the credits and quality points earned throughout your undergraduate studies. Otherwise, you must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general scores from an exam taken within the last five years. Test preparation material and information about test dates can be found at www.gre.com. Please note when scheduling your exam that it may take 4-6 weeks for your scores to be forwarded to the university and this department. The institution code for MSU is 1465. Admission requires scores at or above the 50th percentile.

Most core classes are offered minimally every academic year and most every semester.  There are some classes that are offered a two year rotation.  Therefore, students entering fall semester may complete their degree with two to three years. Due to family, personal, and professional commitments, students generally take about three years to complete either the Criminal Justice or LEIA program. Please refer to Courses for further information.

All Online Masters Program students, whether in-state or out-of-state students, are charged the same tuition rate. You can find current tuition rates at the Office of the Controller website.  After clicking on Resident or Non-Resident Rates, scroll about halfway down the page to find Online Programs, Special Program Fees.

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.

Since most students are working they may not qualify for financial aid. Students are 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 veteran's benefits must submit the required certificate to the VA Office on campus. Information may be obtained by contacting the Veteran benefit office at 517-355-5032.

If you enroll in an online class there is the expectation that you will have consistent internet access that will be able to handle the D2L online learning platform.  While instructors should be willing to work with you in an emergency or highly unusual situation, not having internet access due to a planned vacation or work trip are not a valid excuses.  If going into the semester you expect not to have internet access for any length of time you should not enroll in a class for that semester.

Compared to undergraduate studies, there is a different expectation with Masters level classes.  While each instructor has the freedom to design his or her own class as he or she sees fits, you should expect to work a lot harder than you did in your undergraduate studies.  Reading quantities will be higher; classes will progress faster; writing assignments will be longer; expectations for critical thinking and synthesizing research will be greater; and, instructors will expect your work to reflect a Masters level effort.  We have found that most online students who work full time are able to manage two classes per semester at the most.

Students may transfer up to nine (9) credits towards a Masters Degree upon approval of a 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 have transferred.

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 have been accepted 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 email, log into D2L (the online classroom platform), and access library services.

You will need your PID and PAN numbers to activate your MSU NetID.  These will come from the Office of Admissions.  Go to https://netid.msu.edu/ to activate your MSU NetID with the PID and PAN numbers provided, or if you need assistance with setting up your account, please contact the help desk for assistance at 800-500-1554 or 517-355-2345.

To obtain the course schedule information go to the Schedule of Courses. Select the semester, subject and location (Online Courses), and then click on Search for Courses.

Click here for more information on offered courses.

To obtain the 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 730 or 731) to view the textbook information. Once you have the ISBNs, you can order your books at a number of different websites: Spartan Bookstore, Amazon, etc.

To view drop/add period information go to the go to Schedule of Courses. Select the semester, subject, enter the course number, then click on Search for Courses.  Once you have found the course, click on the section number (usually 730 or 731) to view important add-drop dates and the textbooks/materials required.

Ms. Barbara Kolar will be your advisor throughout the program and can be reached via email or phone: 517-353-9866.  She can assist you with curriculum questions.

Ms. Barbara Kolar will be your advisor throughout the program and can be reached via email or phone: 517-353-9866.  She can assist you with obtaining authorization to take a course if necessary, etc.
 

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 issued. 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.

MSU uses the online learning system D2L at https://d2l.msu.edu/. Once you are fully admitted and you've enrolled in courses, you can self-register for Students Getting Started with D2L, which will walk new students through the online learning platform.

You will not have access to this until you are enrolled, but once you are, go to https://d2l.msu.edu/ and log in. You'll see a Self Registration heading in the upper right part of the page. Click on that and then Students Getting Started with D2L.

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.

Ms. Barbara Kolar will be your advisor throughout the program and can be reached at via email or phone: 517-353-9866.  She can assist you with curriculum questions.

 

 

Lifelong Education

You will need to apply and be accepted to the Masters Program of your choice. Once accepted, students may transfer up to nine (9) credits towards a Masters Degree upon approval of a 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 desiring to be transferred.

For more information on Lifelong Education at Michigan State University click here.

Lifelong Education students are charged tuition based on their State of Michigan residency status. You can find current tuition rates at the Office of the Controller.

Compared to undergraduate studies, there is a different expectation with Masters level classes. While each instructor has the freedom to design his or her own class as he or she sees fits, you should expect to work a lot harder than you did in your undergraduate studies. Reading quantities will be higher; classes will progress faster; writing assignments will be longer; expectations for critical thinking and synthesizing research will be greater; and, instructors will expect your work to reflect a Masters level effort. We have found that most online students who work full time are able to manage two classes per semester at the most.

Please contact Graduate Secretary Melissa Christle by email or phone at 517-353-7133. She can assist you with obtaining authorization to take a course if necessary, etc.

D2L- Online Classroom Platform

Contact the D2L Help Line at 517-355-2345 or 800-500-1554.  If the Help Line cannot resolve the issue, they can send your instructor a message for you explaining the issue.

Support is available 24/7.

If you enroll in an online class there is the expectation that you will have consistent internet access that will be able to handle the D2L online learning platform.  While instructors should be willing to work with you in an emergency or highly unusual situation, not having internet access due to a planned vacation or work trip are not a valid excuses.  If going into the semester you expect not to have internet access for any length of time you should not enroll in a class for that semester.