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Admission to a degree-granting major in the Broad College is dependent on academic factors.

There are two “competitive admission” majors. Students must complete the online application form during the semester they are completing the admission requirements.

Admission to Major Guide

Admission Decision Appeals

  • The appeal period has ended for the Spring 2022 major admission decisions (the deadline to submit an admission appeal was 5:00pm May 23). If you have an extenuating circumstance that prevented you from submitting an appeal between May 14 and May 23, please contact the Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions at with appropriate documentation. Late appeals may not be accepted, and requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Admission Timeline

Summer 2022

  • There is no admission to Major in the summer.

Fall 2022

  • Application Opens: September 6, 2022
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Fall 2022 Transfer Course Documentation Deadline: January 2, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Fall 2022 Admission Decisions Completed: January 5, 2023 (decisions sent via RO Confidential Message after 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time))

Submit Your Application

Students should apply the fall/spring semester in which they will complete the requirements.

Admission Requirements

Minimum criteria to apply:

  • Completion of at least 56 credits
  • Completion, with credit, of the following major precore courses:
    • EC 201
    • EC 202
    • ACC 201
    • ACC 202
    • MKT 250
      • BUS 250 or MGT 250 taken prior to Fall 2019 fulfills this requirement
    • ITM 209

All students much complete an application by the posted deadline, regardless of whether they are applying to a competitive or non-competitive admission major, to be admitted to a degree-granting major.

Competitive Admission Majors

The following majors are “competitive admission” majors, and specific academic factors will be considered when determining admission.

  • Accounting: Competitive based on grades in ACC 201 and ACC 202
  • Supply Chain Management: Competitive based on cumulative GPA and Major Precore GPA

Major Precore GPA

  • Only MSU grades are used in the Major Precore GPA calculations, unless all major precore courses are completed at an institution other than MSU.
  • Precore course equivalents taken at MSU are used in the Major Precore GPA calculation.

Cumulative GPA

  • Only MSU grades are used in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Frequently Asked Questions: S/NS Grading

These topics are specific to the how grades from Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 will be used in the admission process.

Frequently Asked Questions: Application and Decision Process

Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Requirements

  • I took a class at another school in a previous semester. How can I make sure it is considered as part of my application?

    Transfer courses from prior semesters must be reflected as “accepted credit” on a student’s MSU academic record by May 10, 2022. Unofficial documentation (such as is accepted for current semester dual-enrolled courses, see next question) will NOT be accepted. Students are responsible for making sure that official transcripts from other schools arrive at MSU and are added to their academic record in the months between the course end date and the current semester deadline.

  • I’m taking a class at another school this semester. How can I make sure it is considered as part of my application?

    To make sure your transfer course is considered in this semester’s admission decision, complete the following steps:

    1. Declare this course as part of your Broad application (there is a place in the application for you to disclose this information).
    2. Submit an unofficial transcript or a screenshot of your grade report (must include your name, the course code, name of school and the grade) via email to the Broad undergraduate admissions coordinator, by 8:00 p.m., May 11, 2022. The grade report must be a final grade officially posted by that school (similar to MSU’s STUINFO grade report, not a D2L-type report). Information not submitted by the deadline will not be considered in the Spring 2022 admission decision; you may apply again in the next application period. Late submission of this information will not be considered a valid reason to appeal an admission denial/ineligible decision.
    3. Work with that school to have an official transcript sent to the MSU Office of Admissions as soon as possible (the admissions coordinator will follow up a few weeks into the next semester to make sure all transcripts have been received). Do not have official transcripts sent to any other location, including the Broad College. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

    Office of Admissions
    Michigan State University
    Hannah Administration Building
    426 Auditorium Rd Rm 250
    East Lansing, MI 48824

  • I received AP/IB/CLEP credit. How will this be used for Major admission?

    There is no GPA equivalency used for credit earned from AP/IB/CLEP credit when calculating the Major Precore or cumulative GPAs.

  • I took some Major Precore courses at another institution, and some at MSU. How will my Major Precore GPA be calculated?

    Major Precore GPAs are calculated using MSU grades only. Grades from transferred courses are not included in the calculation.

  • I earned a low grade in a MSU course, and am repeating it this semester. Which grade will be used in my GPA for admission?

    To repeat a course, you must have earned a “repeatable grade” (0.0, 1.0, 1.5) in the original attempt (or S grade in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021).

    If you are repeating the course at MSU, the grade you earn this semester will be used. Note: the most recent grade is used, whether or not it is the higher grade.

    If you are repeating the course at another institution, the transfer credit will remove the MSU grade from your cumulative (and Major Precore, if applicable) GPA calculation. The original grade will not be replaced by the grade earned at the other school in your cumulative GPA calculation. You must earn a 2.0/C grade at the other school for MSU to accept the transfer credit/course.

Frequently Asked Questions: Personal Statement

  • What is the Personal Statement?

    It is an opportunity for a student to share a circumstance beyond his/her control which impacted academic performance. Official supportive documentation of the extenuating circumstance may be requested to corroborate the statement content. Documentation must be sent to

    Some reasons to write a personal statement: medical illness, family emergency or significant life event.

    The desire to be admitted to a specific degree-granting major with no other extenuating factors is not a reason for a personal statement; this is assumed based on the act of applying.

  • Is a personal statement required?

    No, it is optional.

  • What if an extenuating circumstance occurred after the application closed, so I could not complete a personal statement?

    Submit a personal statement via email by the last day of the current semester for full consideration.

  • Should I submit a Personal Statement about the pandemic?

    While the decision to continue with majority online instruction and the ongoing pandemic applies to all students, we recognize that students have been impacted differently. Any applicant is welcome to submit a Personal Statement through the application system; while the presence of a Personal Statement is not itself a guarantee of admission, the statement will allow the Admission Committee to consider a student’s individual situation when reviewing their overall application profile.

    Students who would like to submit a Personal Statement after the application closes must send the statement via email by the last day of the current semester. All statements must be substantiated with accompanying documentation.