Master’s (MAET) Admissions

Table of Contents:

Application Standards
Application Steps
When Should I Apply?
Important Information For Bilingual and Multilingual Applicants
Special Instructions for Transcripts from Chinese Institutions
International Applicants
Non-Michigan Residents: State Authorization for Online Programs

Application Standards

To apply to the MAET degree program, you must meet the following minimum standards for admission:

Application Steps

If you meet these minimum requirements, there are three steps in the application process:

STEP 1: University Application ($65 fee for domestic applicants, $75 fee for international applicants)
STEP 2: Graduate Education Application (GEA) Portal
STEP 3: Transcripts

Before filling out the University application, please review the information and materials you will need to gather, and then upload. We provide the list of information and required materials below.

STEP 1: University Application
Compete the University Application.
You will be asked to choose a program code.  MAET program codes are as follows:

Online and hybrid programs: 6731
Overseas program: 2299

The Graduate School Application will ask you to complete a personal and academic statement. Please leave the personal statement blank.  For the Academic Statement please provide answers (300-500 words each) to the following FOUR essay questions. It may be easier to write responses to these questions in advance, and cut and paste them into the form when asked. The four questions are as follows:

  1. Describe a learning experience that had a powerful impact on you. Why was that experience powerful? How has that experience shaped your thinking about learning?
  2. When designing a learning experience, what is your thought process?
  3. Provide evidence of your preparation for graduate-level writing, specifically focusing on the composition of arguments, and/or multimodal expression of your ideas. (Examples of evidence may include your senior undergraduate thesis, an essay you’re especially proud of, a grant proposal, a professional report or policy document, multimedia productions, screencasts, etc.) URLs to online published work is preferred.
  4. What personal and professional goals will you meet through participation in the MAET degree program?

After you complete the university application and pay the application fee ($65 fee for domestic applicants or $75 fee for international applicants), you will receive an email with directions for accessing the Graduate Education Application (GEA) Portal.

STEP 2: Graduate Education Application (GEA) Portal

In the portal you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Contact information for 3 professional references
  2. Resume

Regarding Letters of Recommendation

  • In the Graduate Education Application Portal, provide contact information for 3 colleagues, mentors or supervisors who have agreed to write letters of recommendation to support your application. You will need to include: first and last name, job title, employer, email address for each recommender.
  • Letters of recommendation should come from mentors, colleagues, administrators or supervisors who can also tell us about your academic performance, work ethic, and professional character. Letters should speak specifically to your preparation for this program and for graduate-level study, more generally.
  • Please do not submit letters from personal or character references. Please do not submit generic letters of recommendation, letters of recommendation written to support your application to a job, or letters that provide no insight into your preparation for graduate study.
  • Please ensure you have a mutual agreement and understanding with your recommender prior to submitting their information into the system. You are responsible for ensuring the required letters of recommendation are submitted on your behalf. You may need to follow up with your recommenders regarding missing letters to complete your application. (Note: Please inform your recommenders the portal sends out recommendation requests from
  • We do not accept letters uploaded directly by applicants.


  • Upload your document as a .pdf 

STEP 3: Official Transcripts

Students who completed their undergraduate degree at Michigan State University do not need to submit official MSU transcripts to apply to the MAET program. Transcripts from all other institutions listed on the university application must, however, be submitted.  These transcripts need to be requested directly from your degree-granting institutions. MSU will not accept transcripts marked ‘Issued to Student’ or paper transcripts delivered outside of an officially sealed university envelope. Please note: If you previously submitted transcripts as part of your application to a Graduate Certificate program, you do not have to send another set of transcripts. Also note, MSU will not accept electronic transcripts issued by international universities. If you are applying from an institution outside of the USA, please have your official transcripts sent via snail mail to Maria Serrato (see address below).

For applicants who attended US institutions, we prefer electronic transcripts.  Electronic transcripts can be sent to the attention of Maria Serrato at 

If electronic delivery is not available, transcripts can be sent via snail mail to:

Maria Serrato
Program Assistant, MAET & Graduate Certificates
Michigan State University
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane; Room 513
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034

Michigan State University requires that all applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). For more information visit:


When Should I Apply?

We admit students to the Master’s of Educational Technology degree program on a rolling basis which means you can submit your application at any time. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis but it may take approximately one month to hear of your admissions decision.

Please keep in mind the following hard deadlines for applications to specific programs.

Online Programs

Admission for Fall Semester: July 20
Admission for Spring Semester: December 1
Admission for Summer Semester: April 15

Summer Cohorts

Admission for Overseas Cohort: March 1
Admission for East Lansing Hybrid Cohort: June 1*

*If you are planning to apply for the East Lansing Hybrid Cohort, please contact MAET because we may have more flexibility in our deadlines for that program.

Important Information For Bilingual and Multilingual Applicants

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to submit proof of English language proficiency before their application can be processed. A common method is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test must have been taken within two years of the application. On the Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT), the university requires a minimum score of 80 with no subscore below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking and no writing subscore below 22.  No international candidates will be considered for admission review until they have taken the TOEFL test and achieved these required scores or higher. Results should be sent electronically directly from ETS. Michigan State’s school code is 1465.

If the student has completed a degree program in an English speaking country, he or she can request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. Once the program admissions committee is convinced of the student’s English language skills based on past program completion and other evidence, it will ask the university to waive the requirement. This waiver is usually granted, but the university may require the student to take the English proficiency test upon arrival at MSU.

Special Instructions for Transcripts from Chinese Institutions

All applicants pursuing or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but must also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

CDGDC operates underneath the Ministry of Education for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of transcripts and degrees granted at the post-secondary level.

The process is straightforward:

  • Applicants send copies of their official documents to the CDGDC along with payment (approximately $40 U.S.).

  • Applicants must request that the original transcript accompany the CDGDC verified documents when sent to MSU.

  • CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly.

  • CDGDC then sends the report and verified documents, via courier service, directly to Michigan State University. The report is in English and provides a statement noting what degree was conferred and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

If you need more information about CDGDC please refer to the website:

International Applicants

Our courses are offered in a fully online format, and therefore residency in the US is not required to complete the degree program. If you are an international applicant interested in the program, please note that the MAET program does not fulfill the academic requirements to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa. MAET courses during the fall and spring semesters are completely online, thus, admission to the MAET program would not qualify you for a student visa.

Non-Michigan Residents: State Authorization for Online Programs

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with state authorization laws regarding distance education. Because of these laws, residents of some US states are not eligible to apply to online programs at MSU. For a full review of state-by-state authorization laws, please review this summary document before you apply to an online program at MSU.