Frequently Asked Questions


Q:Is a degree earned online equivalent to one earned on campus? Q:Is a degree earned online equivalent to one earned on campus?
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Absolutely! In fact, more than 3.2 million professionals are already pursuing graduate degrees through Internet-based learning programs. MSU’s technology partner in online education, University Alliance, is the largest facilitator of e-learning in the nation, connecting more than 450,000 students with top universities like Michigan State. Through University Alliance’s streaming video-based lectures and vibrant interactive community, you can rest assured you’re getting an in-classroom feel as you conveniently earn the same degree as on-campus students.

Q:Will my degree indicate that it was earned online? Q:Will my degree indicate that it was earned online?
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No. There is no difference between a degree earned online or on campus, and your diploma will not contain any reference to the online medium of study. Your degree is awarded based on your successful completion of academic requirements and is not dependent on physical location.

Q:Is financial aid available? Q:Is financial aid available?
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Yes. Michigan State University online master's degree students may be able to receive assistance through student loans, military discounts, veterans’ benefits and employer tuition assistance. See more information on financial aid.

Q:Can all coursework be completed online? Q:Can all coursework be completed online?
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Yes. Since all courses are available via the Internet, you’ll never have to step foot on campus unless you want to walk with your graduating class.

Q:How will I interact with my fellow classmates and my instructors? Q:How will I interact with my fellow classmates and my instructors?
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You may interact with program faculty and classmates through virtual office hours, faculty-monitored chat rooms, discussion boards and email. These technologies ensure an engaging and rewarding educational experience. This format is an excellent way to meet, collaborate and network with professionals from across the nation and around the world. In fact, many students will find that they are actually learning, participating and enjoying themselves more in this online program than they ever did in a traditional classroom. With dynamic features such as online chat rooms, streaming video, message boards and email, you’ll enjoy rich, real-time interactions.

Q:Is this a semester-based program? Q:Is this a semester-based program?
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Yes – course lengths are five weeks, offering ultimate flexibility for professionals like you.

Q:How flexible is coursework and studying? Q:How flexible is coursework and studying?
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With no required class times, you can study in the morning, at night or whenever is good for you. But activities, assignments and exams will still have due dates.

Q:How will I submit coursework and take exams? Q:How will I submit coursework and take exams?
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All assignments are submitted directly to your professor through the online classroom. Exams are taken online, also through the online classroom.

Q:How much time will I need to spend each week? Q:How much time will I need to spend each week?
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Michigan State University graduate students can expect to spend about 10 to 13 hours per week on reading and assignments for every 2-credit-hour course. When projects, papers or exams are due, that time may increase.

Q:What if I need help with my assignments or in a course? Q:What if I need help with my assignments or in a course?
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Your instructor will offer scheduled virtual office hours during which you can get additional help on material. You’ll also be able to communicate with classmates and use the online Michigan State University libraries.

Q:How long will it take me to graduate? Q:How long will it take me to graduate?
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It depends. If you have transfer credits, you may have fewer courses that you are required to take to graduate. Michigan State University can evaluate your transcripts and give you an idea of your expected completion date. If you complete all 15 courses sequentially, you can complete the degree in as little as 20 months. Students may graduate after the fall and spring semesters each year.

Q:Can online students take part in the campus graduation ceremony? Q:Can online students take part in the campus graduation ceremony?
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Absolutely! Because online students receive the same degree as on-campus students, you are welcome – and encouraged – to walk at graduation once you have completed all courses. Additional questions about graduation dates and ceremony details can be addressed with your enrollment advisor.

Q:What if I need help selecting classes or understanding my degree plan? Q:What if I need help selecting classes or understanding my degree plan?
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As a Michigan State University student, you will be assigned an enrollment advisor who will be available by toll-free phone or email. Any program or course questions or progress reports can be discussed directly with your academic advisor.

Q:Can I transfer credits from other universities? Q:Can I transfer credits from other universities?
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Courses taken from regionally accredited colleges and universities will be considered by Michigan State University to determine if they are transferable.

Q:Is Michigan State University accredited? Q:Is Michigan State University accredited?
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Michigan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Broad College of Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1953. AACSB International Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

Q:Does Michigan State University accept military tuition assistance? Q:Does Michigan State University accept military tuition assistance?
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Absolutely! Michigan State University appreciates your service to the United States. More information on military tuition assistance can be found in our admissions section.

Q:Can I pay for courses with employer tuition assistance? Q:Can I pay for courses with employer tuition assistance?
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Yes. Because of Michigan State University’s reputation and accreditation, many employers recognize the value of the university’s graduate programs and provide tuition reimbursement. Questions regarding your employer’s tuition assistance policy should be directed to your personnel or human resources director. Or, call your University Alliance enrollment advisor at 855-300-1310.

Q:How do I get started? Q:How do I get started?
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Application deadlines occur in December, April and August for the spring, summer and fall semesters. Once admitted, you can enroll at any time. Three five-week classes are offered each semester. Call now before the enrollment deadline passes for the upcoming term.

Q:How will I know when I have been admitted? Q:How will I know when I have been admitted?
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Upon admission, you will receive a formal letter in the mail from Michigan State, as well as detailed instructions on how to set up your Michigan State University email account. Please note, however, that individual situations vary. Your University Alliance enrollment advisor can confirm where you are in the process.

Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns? Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
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Click here to see a list of state agency contact information sorted by geographic location.

Q:What are the minimum system requirements? Q:What are the minimum system requirements?
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Click here for minimum system requirements.

Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations? Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
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If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from Michigan State University. Please contact an admissions advisor to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment advisor will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from Michigan State University.