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MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership - Graduation Requirements and Drop Policy 


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To be considered for MS in Management, Strategy and Leadership you must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate students may enroll in no more than three courses per term
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be approved for graduation
  • Students expecting to graduate must file an application before the end of the first week of the fall or spring semester. Summer graduates must apply by the first week of spring semester. Applications must be filed with the Office of the Registrar at http://www.reg.msu.edu/StuForms/GradApp/GradApp.asp.
  • Upon completion of Michigan State’s academic and graduation requirements, online students will earn their master’s degree and receive the same diploma as the university’s campus-based graduates. Michigan State University grants degrees with a fall, spring or summer effective date each year.
  • Graduates are welcome to participate in the fall or spring commencement ceremonies, which are held on the Michigan State University campus in December and May of each year.

Drop Policy: 

Michigan State University assigns deadlines for students who wish to drop a course based on a five-day week calculation. A student may drop a course before the 7th (business) day of class without incurring any academic or financial penalty. A 100% tuition refund will apply during this period.

A student may drop a course any time from the 7th (business) day of class until the middle of a term of instruction, which is the 13th (business) day of class. There is no academic penalty for withdrawal during this period; courses for which the student is enrolled will be deleted from the official record. 

Students are advised to check with the Office of Financial Aid (email: finaid@msu.edu or call 517-353-5940), since withdrawing from classes may change their financial aid status/liability.

Business Day Withdrawal Permitted Tuition Refunded Deadline
1-7 Yes – Course Dropped From Transcript  100% By 7:59 p.m. EST on Business Day 7
8-13 Yes – Course Dropped From Transcript  No Refund By 7:59 p.m. EST on Business Day 13
14-25 No No Refund – No Drop  N/A

MS in Supply Chain Management - Graduation Requirements and Drop Policy 


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To be considered for MS in Supply Chain Management you must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate students may enroll in no more than three courses per term
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be approved for graduation
  • Students expecting to graduate must file an application before the end of the first week of the fall or spring semester. Summer graduates must apply by the first week of spring semester. Applications must be filed with the Office of the Registrar at http://www.reg.msu.edu/StuForms/GradApp/GradApp.asp.
  • Upon completion of Michigan State’s academic and graduation requirements, online students will earn their master’s degree and receive the same diploma as the university’s campus-based graduates. Michigan State University grants degrees with a fall, spring or summer effective date each year.

Drop Policy: 

Michigan State University assigns deadlines for students who wish to drop a course based on a five-day week calculation. A student may drop a course before the 5th (business) day of class without incurring any academic or financial penalty. A 100% tuition refund will apply during this period.

  • A student may drop courses through 7:59 pm ET on the 10th business day of class (Friday of week 2) with a full tuition refund.
  • A student may drop a class through 7:59 pm ET on the 20th business day of class (Friday of week 4) with no tuition refund.
  • Students are not permitted to drop past 7:59 PM ET on the 20th business day of class (Friday of week 4).

To drop class prior to the start of class, you must contact your Bisk Program Enrollment Representative. Once class begins you must request a drop by sending an e-mail to: withdraw@michiganstateuniversityonline.com.  You are responsible for maintaining written evidence of all drops after class begins. Telephone drops will not be accepted.

Students are advised to check with the Office of Financial Aid (email: finaid@msu.edu or call 517-353-5940), since withdrawing from classes may change their financial aid status/liability.

Business Day Withdrawal Permitted Tuition Refunded Deadline
1-10 Yes – Course Dropped From Transcript  100% By 7:59 p.m. EST on Business Day 10
11-20 Yes – Course Dropped From Transcript  No Refund By 7:59 p.m. EST on Business Day 20
21-40 No No Refund – No Drop  N/A

For on-site sessions: If students are unable to attend one of the program’s on-site sessions because of events of catastrophic impact, such as serious personal illness, they will receive an Extended Term (ET/0.0, ET/NC or ET/N) grade and they will be required to coordinate attending the next available on-site session directly with the Program Director at MSU. ET grades may stand for up to one calendar year. If students do not attend the on-site session for reasons other than events of catastrophic impact, they will receive a Failing grade for those courses covered in that on-site session.