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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 Timeline

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))

Spring 2023

  • Application Opens: January 17, 2023
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Fall 2022 Admission Decisions Completed: April 7, 2023 (decisions sent via RO Confidential Message after 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time))

Beginning Spring 2023, all applicants will be admitted to their first choice major.

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.


Changes to the Major Admission process are coming for Spring 2023. Students admitted to the Broad College via the Secondary Admission process, or Direct Admit students whose admission has been confirmed will receive information via email in January. Watch this webpage for updates in January 2023. 

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

Frequently Asked Questions: Statement of Extenuating Circumstances

  • 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  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 statement; this is assumed based on the act of applying.

  • Is a statement required?

    No, it is optional.

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

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

  • Should I submit a Statement of Extenuating Circumstances 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 Statement of Extenuating Circumstances through the application system; while the presence of a Statement of Extenuating Circumstances 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 Statement of Extenuating Circumstances 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.

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.