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Restricted majors


What is a restricted major?

A restricted major is a major that has additional admission requirements, including the successful completion of specific prerequisite coursework, a competitive grade point average or a required number of credits.


Applying to a restricted major

If you are a transfer student, or an early/middle college applicant with 42 or more transferrable credits, who wants to apply to a restricted major, make sure to carefully review the additional requirements first. By knowing exactly what is required, you can plan ahead and develop an academic plan and timeline.

For students applying to a restricted major, a course in progress does not constitute satisfying the requirement. The prerequisites need to be completed at the time of application to be considered for admission to that major. 

If you select a restricted major on your application, you will be asked to provide up to two additional major choices. One of your choices must be a non-restricted major. If you do not meet the requirements for your first-choice restricted major, you will be reviewed for the other major selections in the order you specify. We will only render one decision to one major, which will be the highest priority major to which you are admissible.

Please don’t worry if you are not initially admitted to a restricted major. Although there is no guarantee, many MSU students — especially those who have less than a year of transferable credits and a strong GPA at their current institution — eventually reapply and are admitted to a restricted major once they have been on campus and fulfilled the necessary coursework.


Restricted majors list

Below are the restricted majors at Michigan State University and their additional requirements.

Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.

The actuarial science major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). If you plan to pursue this major through Lyman Briggs College, you will need to meet the following requirements as a transfer students.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in pursuing the advertising creative major need to have the following courses completed with a 2.0 average by the time they reach 56 credits:

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

Students with 28 or more transferable credits who have satisfied the above requirements will be admitted directly to the major.

Students with 56 or more transferable credits that do not meet these requirements will need to select an alternative major at MSU.

Students interested in pursuing the advertising management major need to have the following courses completed with a 2.0 average by the time they reach 56 credits:

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

Students with 28 or more transferable credits who have satisfied the above requirements will be admitted directly to the major.

Students with 56 or more transferable credits that do not meet these requirements will need to select an alternative major at MSU.
Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The astrophysics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The biochemistry and molecular biology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The biochemistry and molecular biology/biotechnology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The biological science - secondary education major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The biomedical laboratory science major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.
Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The chemical physics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The chemistry major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

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 adviser from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies for information. (Please note, the department website may not work on some browsers).

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The comparative cultures and politics major is within James Madison College. Admission to James Madison College is based on the following requirements.

James Madison College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to MSU’s WRA 101 and one of MSU’s 200-level ISS courses.
  2. Submission of a completed transfer application by February 1 of the spring preceding the fall semester during which a student would begin study at MSU. Completed applications submitted after February 1 will be considered as space permits. Official transcripts that include grades from the preceding fall semester are required, as part of the application.
  3. Because JMC majors are restricted majors, admission to JMC is based on available space and competitiveness of the application pool. Students not admitted to a James Madison College major at the time of admission to MSU are encouraged to contact the JMC Admissions Office to express interest in the waiting list for future semesters.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Additionally, the JMC Admissions Office is available to answer questions, related to the college’s programs, at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The computational mathematics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The computer science major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Engineering or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Engineering admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Students interested in majoring in computer science should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

For students interested in the construction management program, it's best to have completed no more than 28 credits before applying. Below are the required and recommended courses for applicants.

Required courses
  • MTH 103
  • MTH 124 or higher
Recommended courses
  • EC 201 or EC 202
  • CMP 124
  • STT 200

If you've already completed between 28 and 56 credits, you should talk to an undergraduate adviser from the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) to discuss whether the construction management program is right for you, as well as other major options that may be better suited to your needs and interests.

If you've completed more than 56 credits, it is not recommended that you apply for the undergraduate construction management program due to the timeframe required to complete the degree. Instead, you could consider applying for the master's program in construction management or exploring alternative undergraduate majors at Michigan State University.

To learn more about your options, feel free to contact an SPDC undergraduate adviser or Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu.

Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for the data science major.

Admission to the early care and education program requires 30 (or more) transferrable credits with a 2.75 cumulative GPA with no grade lower than a 2.0 in their prerequisite course work. 

Also, you must:

  • have credit in an equivalent course: Writing as Inquiry WRA 101 or WRA 110–150 or WRA 195H;
  • have credit in an equivalent course: completion of MTH 101, 102, 103, 116, 124 or 132;
  • submit to and pass a background check upon admission to the University;
  • have access to a preschool or early childhood classroom for three practicum experiences;
  • be physically able to perform first aid and CPR.

Students who would like to receive guidance with curricular matters may contact Meagan Rau at mitinmea@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The environmental biology - microbiology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The environmental biology/plant biology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The environmental biology/zoology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The environmental geosciences major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students who have earned 42 or more college credits by the start of their time at MSU cannot select the major of exploratory preference. This is because exploratory preference is not a degree-granting major, but rather an academic track designed to assist undecided students early in their college career with exploring their academic options. All MSU students are required to declare a major other than exploratory preference by the time they earn 56 college credits. For these reasons, exploratory preference was not designed for incoming students who will have completed 42 or more transferable credits by the start of their first semester at MSU.

Exceptions
Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. Students who are interested in exploratory preference, but have exceeded the 42 credit threshold, should reach out to the Advising Director in North Neighborhood, Debra Thornton, at thornt28@msu.edu to discuss this academic track. Fall applicants must do so prior to June 1.
Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.

The genomics and molecular genetics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The geological sciences major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students with 55 or less transferable credits can transfer with a major preference in hospitality business. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all institutions. Students must have completed the following courses with no individual grade below a 2.5:

  • Mathematics (MTH 101, MTH 102, MTH 103, or MTH 110 or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132)
  • Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101)

Students with 56 or more transferable credits can transfer with a major in hospitality business. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all institutions. Students must have completed the following courses with no individual grade below a 2.5:

  • Statistics (STT 200 or STT 201 or STT 315)
  • Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101)

The human biology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.

All potential applicants interested in interior design should email Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edubefore applying for admission. Interior design (IDES) is a limited enrollment program with a secondary admissions process. A range of 5-10 students are admitted to the interior design major each semester. The interior design program takes four years to complete, regardless of the number of credits brought to MSU.

Admissions requirements:

  1. 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  2. 24 or more transferrable credits

Students with the above will be reviewed by the IDES department faculty for admission to the program.

Transfer students admitted to MSU will complete the following in their first year:

  • Contact the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) no later than April 1 to be reviewed for direct admission to the program in the following fall semester.
  • 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

To contact the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC), email Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu.

The program would then take four years to complete upon arriving at MSU, no matter how many credits students are transferring. Therefore, SPDC recommends that students transfer to MSU as early as possible to complete appropriate coursework, if the equivalent courses are not available at their current institution. Students who would like to receive guidance about curricular matters should contact an SPDC undergraduate adviser or Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu.

The international relations major is within James Madison College. Admission to James Madison College is based on the following requirements.

James Madison College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to MSU’s WRA 101 and one of MSU’s 200-level ISS courses.
  2. Submission of a completed transfer application by February 1 of the spring preceding the fall semester during which a student would begin study at MSU. Completed applications submitted after February 1 will be considered as space permits. Official transcripts that include grades from the preceding fall semester are required, as part of the application.
  3. Because JMC majors are restricted majors, admission to JMC is based on available space and competitiveness of the application pool. Students not admitted to a James Madison College major at the time of admission to MSU are encouraged to contact the JMC Admissions Office to express interest in the waiting list for future semesters.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Additionally, the JMC Admissions Office is available to answer questions, related to the college’s programs, at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

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 must file the supplemental music application. Interested students should visit the music admissions website to find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.

James Madison College (JMC) is a living-learning program that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts education in public affairs. The college has four available majors:

James Madison College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to MSU’s WRA 101 and one of MSU’s 200-level ISS courses.
  2. Submission of a completed transfer application by February 1 of the spring preceding the fall semester during which a student would begin study at MSU. Completed applications submitted after February 1 will be considered as space permits. Official transcripts that include grades from the preceding fall semester are required, as part of the application.
  3. Because JMC majors are restricted majors, admission to JMC is based on available space and competitiveness of the application pool. Students not admitted to a James Madison College major at the time of admission to MSU are encouraged to contact the JMC Admissions Office to express interest in the waiting list for future semesters.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Additionally, the JMC Admissions Office is available to answer questions, related to the college’s programs, at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

Transfer students with strong academic backgrounds in math and science are encouraged to apply to MSU to pursue a kinesiology degree within the College of Education. All kinesiology students will be required to complete the following foundational core courses with a 2.0 grade or higher. Transfer students are encouraged to complete course work equivalent to these courses prior to applying to Michigan State.

  • College Algebra (MTH 103), College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116), Survey of Calculus I (MTH 124) or Calculus I (MTH 132)
  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Applied Human Anatomy (KIN 216) or Human Gross Anatomy (ANTR 350)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250)
  • Foundations of Kinesiology (KIN 173)
  • Principles of Movement (KIN 251)

Students transferring 56 credits or more must have completed at least College Algebra. The KIN-specific courses can be completed after admission to MSU. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the Kinesiology undergraduate website for additional information. To meet with a KIN adviser, email Robin at lenkartr@msu.edu or call the Student Affairs Office at 517-353-9680.

All potential applicants interested in landscape architecture should email Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu before applying for admission. Landscape architecture is a limited enrollment, 4.5-year program with a secondary admissions process. Students with 28 or more transferrable credits must meet the following standards to be considered for direct admission into the landscape architecture program at the sophomore level.

To be eligible, students must:

  • have equivalent course work completed in the landscape architecture prerequisite courses;
  • contact the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) no later than April 1 to be reviewed for direct admission to the program in the following fall semester.
Landscape architecture prerequisite courses:
  • Graphics & Two-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 140)
  • Graphics & Three-Dimensional Design Studio (LA 141)
  • Introduction to Landscape Architecture (LA 200)
  • Planning and Design Digital Graphics (PDC 120)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) or College Algebra (MTH 103) and Statistical Methods (STT 200/201)

To contact the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC), email Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu.

Students with fewer than 56 credits who do not meet the criteria above can still transfer into the landscape architecture major, but they would need to meet the secondary admission requirements once on campus. The program would then take 4.5 years to complete upon arriving at MSU, no matter how many credits students are transferring. Therefore, SPDC recommends that students transfer to MSU as early as possible to complete the appropriate course work, if the equivalent courses are not available at their current institution.

Students who would like to receive guidance about curricular matters should contact an SPDC undergraduate adviser or Marcus Martin at mart2134@msu.edu.

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is a science-focused residential college that provides students a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics while also empowering students to explore the sciences in their social, global, and human contexts. The college has nearly 40 majors to choose from. The Lyman Briggs program is best for students who are transferring less than 24 credits to Michigan State, though all applicants will be reviewed.

Lyman Briggs only accepts students for the fall semester on a first-come, first-served basis

The deadline for fall applications is January 15th of each year.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by January 15 in the year of the fall semester they plan to start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.
Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.
Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The mathematics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for the mathematics - secondary education major.  

The mathematics, advanced major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in applied engineering sciences, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering should visit the College of Engineering transfer page for details.

The microbiology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

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 must file the supplemental music application. Interested students should visit the music admissions website to find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.
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 must file the supplemental music application. Interested students should visit the music admissions website to find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.
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 must file the supplemental music application. Interested students should visit the music admissions website to find the application and other important information such as application instructions, decision timelines, audition expectations and much more.

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.

Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying to College of Natural Science majors.

The neuroscience major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the traditional nursing program, applicants must have completed at least 28 transferable credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required. Students should also have completed the prenursing admission prerequisites for the nursing program listed below by the end of the semester of application.

  • Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101 or WRA 110 – 150 or WRA 195H)

  • College Algebra (MTH 103)

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)

  • Cells and Molecules (BS 161)

  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)

Students with at least 28 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 on the College of Nursing website.

The College of Nursing supplemental application deadlines are:

  • April 1 for fall (late August) admission consideration

  • November 1 for spring (January) admission consideration

Students applying for direct admission into the nursing program are encouraged to begin working on the Integrative Studies requirements in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (ISS) prior to matriculation at MSU. However, these are not prerequisite courses for admission.

Applicants with fewer than 42 transferable credits may apply for admission to MSU as a prenursing student. Prenursing students will have access to the remaining course work required to be eligible to apply to the nursing program. For more information on admission to the traditional nursing program, prospective students are encouraged to visit the College of Nursing website.

To be considered for direct admission into the College of Nursing for the BSN for registered nurses program, applicants must have a diploma or associate's degree in nursing, be licensed as a registered nurse to practice in the United States, and have a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students should also have completed the prerequisite courses for the nursing program listed below by the start date of the program.

  • Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101 or WRA 110 – 150 or WRA 195H)
  • Integrative Studies in Social Science (ISS 2XX)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)
  • Introductory Physiology (PSL 250 or PSL 310)
  • Microbiology and Molecular Genetics & lab (MMG 201 & MMG 302) 
  • General Chemistry & lab (CEM 141 & CEM 161)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Ecology of Lifespan Human Development in the Family (FCE 225 or HDFS 225)
  • Statistical Methods (STT 200 or 201)

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

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 the supplemental application on a rolling basis and admits students for summer, fall and spring admission. For more information on admission to the BSN for registered nurses program, visit theCollege of Nursing website.

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 3.0. Students must also complete prerequisite course work equivalent to the course work listed below (as determined by the 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) within the last five years
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (HNF 150 or HNF 260 or HNF 311)
  • Human Gross Anatomy and Structural Biology (ANTR 350)
  • Introduction to Human Pharmacology (PHM 350)

Students meeting the prerequisite course requirements must 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 on admission to the accelerated second degree nursing program, prospective students are encouraged to visit the College of Nursing website.

The nutritional sciences major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of the two colleges you choose to pursue this major.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of Quantitative Literacy I (MTH 101), Quantitative Literacy II (MTH 102), College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying to the nutritional sciences major.

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying to the nutritional sciences major.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by Nov. 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever comes first).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students must complete. Before applying, it is recommended that students speak with an LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

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

  • General Chemistry (CEM 141)
  • Calculus 2 (MTH 133)
  • Intro to Physics (PHY 231) or Physics for Scientists and Engineers (PHY 183)

Additional questions about the packaging major can be directed to Aaron Tucker at tucker68@msu.edu.

The physical science - secondary education major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The physics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The physiology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The plant biology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

The political theory and constitutional democracy major is within James Madison College. Admission to James Madison College is based on the following requirements.

James Madison College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to MSU’s WRA 101 and one of MSU’s 200-level ISS courses.
  2. Submission of a completed transfer application by February 1 of the spring preceding the fall semester during which a student would begin study at MSU. Completed applications submitted after February 1 will be considered as space permits. Official transcripts that include grades from the preceding fall semester are required, as part of the application.
  3. Because JMC majors are restricted majors, admission to JMC is based on available space and competitiveness of the application pool. Students not admitted to a James Madison College major at the time of admission to MSU are encouraged to contact the JMC Admissions Office to express interest in the waiting list for future semesters.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Additionally, the JMC Admissions Office is available to answer questions, related to the college’s programs, at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

Students interested in pursuing the public relations major need to have the following courses completed with a minimum of a 3.0 combined GPA by the time they reach 56 credits and a 3.0 overall GPA.

  • MTH 101 Quantitative Literacy I, MTH 102 Quantitative Literacy II, MTH 103 College Algebra or STT 200 Statistical Methods

  • ADV 260 Principles of Public Relations

  • ADV 225 Writing for Public Relations

Students with 28 or more transferable credits who have satisfied the above requirements will be admitted directly to the major.

Students with 56 or more transferable credits that do not meet these requirements will need to select an alternative major at MSU.

Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for the quantitative risk analytics major.

The social relations and policy major is within James Madison College. Admission to James Madison College is based on the following requirements.

James Madison College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of coursework equivalent to MSU’s WRA 101 and one of MSU’s 200-level ISS courses.
  2. Submission of a completed transfer application by February 1 of the spring preceding the fall semester during which a student would begin study at MSU. Completed applications submitted after February 1 will be considered as space permits. Official transcripts that include grades from the preceding fall semester are required, as part of the application.
  3. Because JMC majors are restricted majors, admission to JMC is based on available space and competitiveness of the application pool. Students not admitted to a James Madison College major at the time of admission to MSU are encouraged to contact the JMC Admissions Office to express interest in the waiting list for future semesters.

More information can be found on the James Madison College website. Additionally, the JMC Admissions Office is available to answer questions, related to the college’s programs, at (517) 353-5260 or jmcadmin@msu.edu.

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:

  • Writing as Inquiry (WRA 101)
  • 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) or Comparative Politics (PLS 140)
  • Applications of Biomedical Sciences (ISB 204), Introductory Physiology (PSL 250), Brain and Behavior (PSY 209), Human Nutrition (HNF 150), Introduction to Human Genetics (MMG 141)
  • A 200-level psychology (PSY) course

Students with 42 transferable credit hours meeting the direct admission criteria above will receive a link to the supplemental application with their decision. Application review begins in the spring for fall admission until full.

The statistics major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.

Students interested in majoring in accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing or supply chain management should visit the Broad transfer page.
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.

Requirements for Urban Planning:

  • Completion of 56 or more credits 
  • UP 201 with a C grade (2.0) or higher

To be considered for admission into the veterinary nursing program (formerly veterinary technology), students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, a minimum of a 2.0 course grade in all prerequisite math and science courses, and a minimum 2.5 GPA of the last 12 credits completed. Students must apply to the veterinary nursing program by February 10. To apply, students must also submit a supplemental application. The applicant’s transcripts will be reviewed to determine if all necessary prerequisite courses will be completed by the end of the spring/winter semester in which they are applying.

Current MSU students and prospective transfer students must have the following prerequisite courses and/or transfer equivalents:

  • Writing as Inquiry WRA 101

  • MTH 103 (College Algebra) or MTH 116 or MTH 124 or MTH 132 or MTH 152H

  • One of the following:

    • Mathematics 101 and 103

    • Mathematics 103 and 114

    • Mathematics 116 or 124 or 132 or 152H.

  • Cell and Molecular Biology (BS 161)

  • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (BS 171)

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

Students must have a minimum of 80 hours of veterinary-related experience for their application. Veterinary-related experience is defined as any hours spent volunteering, observing or working under the supervision of a veterinarian or a licensed veterinary technician. The total number of hours and the quality of the hours will be considered when reviewing an applicant’s file.

For more information, prospective students are encouraged to visit the veterinary nursing website.

The zoology major at MSU can be completed through either the College of Natural Science or Lyman Briggs College (LBC). The requirements for transferring into this major differ depending on which of these two colleges you plan to pursue this major through.

College of Natural Science admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Applicants must complete course work equivalent to a minimum of College Algebra (MTH 103) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 116) prior to applying for this major.

Lyman Briggs College admission requirements for transfer students:

  1. Completion of minimum course work equivalent to MSU’s College Algebra (MTH 103) prior to applying.
  2. Students interested in transferring into LBC should apply by November 1 of the fall semester preceding the academic year of their desired start at MSU. Applications submitted after this time frame will be considered based on available space in the college or when the university’s transfer class has filled (whichever is earlier).
  3. LBC has specific graduation requirements that all LBC students are required to complete. Before joining it is recommended that students speak with the LBC recruiter to ensure that the college is the right fit for you.

More information may be found on the Lyman Briggs College website. Also, the LBC recruitment office is available to answer questions related to the college via email at lbc.recruiting@msu.edu.