Limited Enrollment Majors

In addition to meeting the Office of Admissions’ transfer admission criteria, students applying for a direct transfer into one the following limited enrollment majors must meet the additional requirements as specified.

College of Business majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, general management, human resources management, marketing or supply chain management. Students interested in majoring in hospitality business should refer to the separate hospitality business requirements.

To be considered for admission into a major in MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business, students with 56 or more transferable credits must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 (3.5 for accounting majors), a 3.4 GPA in the prerequisite courses, and no grade below a 2.5 in any individual prerequisite course. No grade below 3.5 in Accounting courses for Accounting majors.

Applicants with more than 56 transferable credits must have equivalent course work to:

  • Financial Accounting (ACC 201)
  • Managerial Accounting (ACC 202)
  • Microeconomics (EC 201)
  • Macroeconomics (EC 202)
  • Computing Concepts (CSE 101)

While math is not an admission requirement for upper school admission to the College of Business, math is an extremely important part of the transfer make-up. We require all applicants to have an equivalent to College Algebra (MTH 103) or Survey of Calculus (MTH 124) completed prior to applying for admission to the MSU and the Broad College of Business.

Admission decisions are based primarily on cumulative University grade-point average and grades in the core courses listed above. Academic and non-academic factors and experiences will also be considered.

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College of Education majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in education or special education-learning disabilities. Students interested in majoring in kinesiology should refer to the separate kinesiology requirements.
To be considered for admission into a major in the College of Education, students interested in obtaining teacher certification must first submit an undergraduate application to the Office of Admissions. Students interested in elementary education should select the elementary education or one of the special education program codes. Students interested in secondary education should select the major corresponding to the subject they want to teach and check the box on the application indicating their interest in earning a teaching certificate.

The Office of Admissions will review the applicant’s eligibility for direct admission based on the following factors:

  • Completion of 42 transferable credits.
  • Minimum overall GPA of a 3.10 (including all courses, all attempts, and all schools attended).
  • Completion of course work equivalent to MSU’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures course Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra (MTH 1825) or higher

Students who meet the direct admission criteria above will be asked to complete a College of Education supplemental application, submit an essay, and pay a $20 essay scoring fee. In addition, applicants must:

  • Register for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Professional Readiness Exam (reading, writing, and mathematics) test before submitting the College of Education supplemental application form. MTTC scores must be officially reported to MSU by the testing agency.  Passing scores for the PRE, all three subparts, must be received by MSU before the semester of matriculation to MSU.  Applicants are strongly advised to prepare for the PRE using study guides and practice tests available through http://www.mttc.nesinc.com/MI_prepare_opener.asp
  • Submit final transcripts confirming final GPA and total credits to both the Office of Admissions and the College of Education.
  • Submit documentation of hours of experience with special needs students, if applying for a special education major.

Please note that direct admission to the College of Education is competitive, and a limited number of spaces are available. It is advantageous for students to adhere to the following timeline.

College of Education Admission Timeline

Fall Admission

Spring Admission

Summer Admission

Submit application

By March 1

By August 1

By December 1

Complete MTTC test

By the last available test date in April

By the last available test date in October

By the last available test date in January

Submit supplemental application

By May 15

By November 1

By March 1

Submit essay

By June 1

By November 15

By April 1

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College of Engineering majors

Applicable to students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering.

The College of Engineering encourages transfer applications from high-achieving students with demonstrated excellence in math and science. To be considered for direct admission into a major in the College of Engineering, applicants must have a  3.0 - 3.5 minimum GPA in technical courses, depending on which major they choose; however meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission, which is competitive and based on available space.

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Engineering, students with 42 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Calculus II (MTH 133)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MTH 234)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (PHY 183)
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (PHY 184)
  • Intro to Engineering Modeling (EGR 102). (Note: Computer Engineering and Computer Science students should complete CSE 231 and Electrical Engineering majors should take CSE 220 instead)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141) and Chemistry Lab I (CEM 161)*

*Computer Science majors are not required to take the General Chemistry or Chemistry Lab I requirements.

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Advertising

To be considered for admission into advertising, students with more than 42 credits must have a minimum combined 2.0 GPA in these prerequisite courses:

  • Principles of Advertising (ADV 205)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101)

Students may complete the courses above during their first semester at MSU.

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Apparel and Textile Design

Apparel and Textile transfer students are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Apparel and Textile Design if they have:

  1. Completed 56 or more credits prior to matriculating to MSU.
  2. Completed or are currently enrolled in coursework equivalents to MSU’s Apparel and Textile Design ATD 222 or ATD 323.
  3. Submitted the department’s application, which will include a portfolio of art and design work produced in studio courses taken to date at Michigan State University before March 1. Please contact Britta Urness in regard to submitting an application.

Further information, visit www.art.msu.edu. Some exceptions may be considered for transfer students, and oral interviews may be requested.

NOTE: transfer students may also apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts during their first semester at MSU. They must have the equivalent courses completed and may use portfolio work made at prior institutions. Student’s may choose to apply after matriculating to MSU in order to have more coursework completed at the time of review.

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Child Development

Child Development majors interested in having their concentration in Preschool Education do not have additional criteria for their admission.

To be considered for admission into the Child Development major with a concentration in Elementary Education, students with 42 or more transferable credits must meet all of the criteria for admission to the Teacher Certification program, outlined in the College of Education section.

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for information. (Please note, the department website may not work on some browsers).

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Construction Management

To be considered for admission into construction management, students must have an overall 3.0 GPA, with a minimum 2.0 in all prerequisite course work. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Survey of Calculus with Applications (MTH 124) or Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • Intro to Physics (PHY 231) or Physics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 183)

Construction Management majors wishing to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Jonglim Han Yoo at (517) 432-0704.

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Dietetics

Transfer students at the junior+ level with a cumulative GPA of 3.0+, may be admitted to Dietetics. Students with 42 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Chemistry Laboratory I (CEM 161)
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry (CEM 143 or 252)
  • College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200) or Statistical Methods (STT 201) or STT GCU

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Hospitality Business

To be considered for admission into hospitality business, students with 56 or more transferable credits must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and no grade below a 2.0 in any individual prerequisite course.
Applicants with more than 56 transferable credits must have equivalent course work to reflect at least four of these prerequisite courses:

  • College Algebra (MTH 103)
  • Financial Accounting (ACC 201)
  • Microeconomics (EC 201)
  • Macroeconomics (EC 202)
  • Computing Concepts (CSE 101)
  • Statistics and Probability (STT 200, STT 201, STT 315)

Applicants also must complete two of these courses if available at their home institution:

  • Management of Lodging Systems (HB 237)
  • Food Management: Safety and Nutrition (HB 265)
  • Management of Food and Beverage Systems (HB 267)

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Interior Design

To be eligible for admission as a junior to the Interior Design program, a student must complete the following courses and may submit a portfolio for review:

  • Design for Living (IDES 140)
  • Design Theory Studio (IDES 142)
  • Interior Design Drafting (IDES 150)
  • Interior Environments (IDES 152)
  • Computer-Aided Design for Designers (IDES 240)
  • CAD and Structural Systems (IDES 250)
  • Interior Design Synthesis I (IDES 252)
  • Textile Materials (ATD 231)

The top 20 junior applicants are admitted to continue in the program. It is recommended to transfer to MSU to complete the appropriate course work after one year if the equivalent courses are not available at their host institution. Interior Design majors wishing to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Jeane Kring at (517) 432-3393.

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Journalism

To be considered for admission into Journalism, students with more than 42 credits must have a minimum combined 2.5 GPA in these prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course:

  • Completion of Journalism 108
  • Completion of Journalism 200

JRN majors can take JRN 200 their first semester at MSU. Any applicant who does not meet this requirement may reapply or contact the school regarding the appeal process.

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Kinesiology and Athletic Training

To be considered for admission into kinesiology, students with more than 42 credits must have a minimum 2.0 GPA in these prerequisite courses:

  • College Algebra (MTH 103)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (KIN 216)
  • Introduction to Physics (PHY 231)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250)

To be considered for admission into kinesiology and athletic training, students must complete KIN 216, PSL 250, CEM 141, PHY 231, MTH 103, with a 2.0 in each class, and have a GPA 2.0 overall by the time they reach Junior status (56 credits.) Additionally:

  • The minimum math needed for to graduate from Kinesiology or Athletic Training is MTH 103 and 114, college algebra and trig.
  • MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132 are acceptable to satisfy the entire math requirement.
  • KIN 216 Human Anatomy can be satisfied by ANTR 350
  • 250 Introduction to Human Physiology can be satisfied by PSL 310, or PSL 431 AND 432
  • CEM 141 can be satisfied by CEM 151
  • 231 and PHY 251 can be satisfied by PHY 183 and PHY 191

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Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture is a limited enrollment, five year program. To be considered for admission at the junior level a student must have completed the following courses:

  • A composition course equivalent to MSU’s WRA 110 or WRA 195H
  • First integrative Social sciences requirement (ISS 200-level course)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Chemistry Laboratory I (CEM 161)
  • Plant Biology (PLB 105)
  • Plant Biology Laboratory (PLB 106)
  • Computer-Aided Design for Designers (IDES 240)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116)
  • Graphics and Two-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 140)
  • Introduction to Landscape Architecture (LA 200) 
  • Graphics and Three-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 141) 
  • Planning and Design Digital Graphics (PDC 120)
  • Landscape Plants II (HRT 212)
  • Site Construction Materials and Methods (LA 230)
  • Creating Space Studio (LA 242)
  • Landscape Plants I (HRT 211)
  • Landscape Site Engineering (LA 231)
  • Place Making Studio (LA 243)
  • Landscape Design and Management Specifications (HRT 311)
  • People and Environment I (ISS 310)

Up to 18 junior applicants are admitted to continue in the program. It is recommended to transfer to MSU to complete the appropriate coursework after one year if the equivalent courses are not available at their host institution. Landscape Design majors wishing to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Jeane Kring at (517) 432-3393.

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Music (Music Composition, Music Education, Jazz Studies, General Music, BA)

The MSU College of Music requires an admissions audition prior to enrollment.  These auditions generally take place in January or February.  To request an audition, music applicants are to file the Supplemental Music Application found online at www.music.msu.edu/admissions, where students will find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.

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Nursing, Traditional

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the Traditional Nursing Program, applicants must have completed at least 56 transferable credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 is required. Students should also have completed the prerequisite courses for the nursing program listed below by the end of the semester of application.

  • Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Cells and Molecules (BS 161)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Organic Chemistry (CEM 143)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and lab (MMG 201 and 302 or 301 and 302)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Pathophysiology (NUR 300)
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (HNF 260 or HNF 311)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students with at least 56 transferable credit hours meeting the prerequisite course requirements and minimum GPA must also submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing.  This application is available at http://www.nursing.msu.edu. The College of Nursing supplemental application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for fall (late August) admission consideration
  • October 1 for spring (January) admission consideration

For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit http://nursing.msu.edu.

Students applying for direct admission into the Nursing program are encouraged to complete MSU’s Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (ISS) prior to matriculation at MSU. These are not prerequisite courses for admission, however.

Applicants with fewer than 42 transferable credits may apply for admission to MSU as prenursing students. This will allow access to the remaining coursework that must be met to be eligible to apply to the nursing program.

Nursing, BSN for Registered Nurses

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the BSN for Registered Nurses Program, applicants must have a diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing, be licensed as a Registered Nurse to practice in the United States, and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75. Students should also have completed the prerequisite courses for the nursing program listed below by the start date of the program.

  • Writing: Science and Technology (WRA 110)
  • General Chemistry & laboratory (CEM 141 & CEM 161)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & lab (MMG 201 & MMG 302) 
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Integrative Studies in Social Science (ISS 2XX)

Students applying for direct admission into the Nursing program are encouraged to complete the Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH). These are not prerequisite courses for admission, however.

Students meeting the prerequisite course requirements should submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing after applying to MSU. The College of Nursing reviews supplemental applications on a rolling basis and admits students for summer, fall, and spring admission.

Nursing, Accelerated

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited and recognized college or university and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 from the bachelor’s degree. Students must also complete prerequisite course work equivalent to the course work listed below (as determined by the MSU College of Nursing) by the start date of the program (mid-May). Anatomy 350 and Physiology 250 (or 310) must be completed at the time of application.  

  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG 201) 
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Pathophysiology (NUR 300)
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (HNF 311 or HNF 260)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students meeting the prerequisite course requirements should submit a supplemental application to the College of Nursing after applying to MSU.  The College of Nursing supplemental application deadline is December 1 for summer (May) admission consideration. For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit http://nursing.msu.edu.

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Packaging

To be considered for admission into the School of Packaging, students must have an overall 2.8 GPA, with a minimum 2.0 in all prerequisite course work. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 124) or higher math course
  • Intro to Physics (PHY 231) or Physics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 183)

Packaging requirements may change beginning in Spring 2015. Inquiries in this matter should be sent to roubosga@msu.edu.

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Premedical and Natural Sciences

The College of Natural Science encourages transfer students with strong academic backgrounds in math and science to apply to MSU to pursue majors within the College along with premedical, predental, preoptometry, or other preprofessional health tracks overseen by the College (http://ns.msu.edu/index.php/students/preprofessional/). Because excellent math skills are important in these majors and preprofessional tracks, transfer students are highly encouraged to complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying to Michigan State.

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Social Work

To be considered for admission into the School of Social Work, students must have an overall 2.75 GPA. Students with 56 or more transferable credits must have equivalent course work completed in these prerequisite courses:

  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Intro to Sociology (SOC 100)
  • Intro to Social Work (SW 200)
  • Intro to Microeconomics (EC 201) or Intro to Macroeconomics (EC 202)
  • Intro to American National Government (PLS 100)
  • Applications of Biomedical Sciences (ISB 204), Introductory Physiology (PSL 250), Brain and Behavior (PSY 209), or Fundamental Genetics (ZOL 341)
  • A 200-level psychology (PSY) course

Students with 42 transferable credit hours meeting the direct admission criteria above will receive a School of Social Work application. Application review begins in the spring for fall admission until full.

The School of Social Work’s required supplemental application and related process can be found online at http://socialwork.msu.edu/basw/for_current_students.php

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Studio Art (Bachelors of Fine Arts)

Transfer students are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art if they:

  1. Completed 56 or more credits prior to matriculating to MSU.
  2. Have completed or are currently enrolled in coursework equivalent to STA 110, STA 112, STA 113, STA 114, STA 300 or 391, STA 492 and STA 492A.
  3. Are in their second collegiate semester and have not yet earned their 30th credit in studio art. (there may be department flexibility in this timeline towards transfer students based on their incoming credit situation.
  4. Submitted the department’s application, which will include a portfolio of art and design work produced in studio courses taken to date at Michigan State University before March 1. Please contact Britta Urness in regard to submitting an application.

Further information, visit www.art.msu.edu. Some exceptions may be considered for transfer students, and oral interviews may be requested.

NOTE: transfer students may also apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts during their first semester at MSU. They must have the equivalent courses completed and may use portfolio work made at prior institutions. Student’s may choose to apply after matriculating to MSU in order to have more coursework completed at the time of review.

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Theatre (Bachelors of Fine Arts)

To be considered for admission into the Department of Theatre BFA program, students must have a minimum 2.0 in all Theatre course work. Admission to the program is by audition and portfolio review. Please contact the Department of Theatre in order to schedule the audition/interview at theatre@msu.edu.

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Veterinary Technology

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required. Prospective transfer students should have the following transfer equivalents completed prior to matriculating to MSU for fall semester:

  • A composition course equivalent to MSU’s WRA 110 or WRA 195H
  • MTH 103 or MTH 110 or MTH 116 or higher
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (BS 161)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (BS 171)

All other program-related courses may be completed once a student has matriculated to MSU.

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