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Admission to the Broad College for current MSU students

This information is for current MSU students who plan to apply to the Broad College through the current student secondary admission process, and applies to students seeking a degree in the following majors: accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing, and supply chain management; hospitality business has separate requirements.

This information does not apply to students at other institutions who plan to apply to MSU and the Broad College through the transfer application process, or the direct admission from high school process.

Secondary Admission to the Broad College

Admission to the Broad College of Business is limited and competitive; academic factors, non-academic factors, and an option personal statement are considered. Students with a strong work ethic, demonstrated scholarship and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply. All applicants must comply with the Broad Policy Statement for undergraduate students.

Admission is a two-step process: students must apply first to the Broad College, then to their intended degree-granting major.

Admission Criteria Beginning Fall 2019

Admission Timeline

Fall 2021

  • Application Opens: September 7, 2021
  • Deadline to Begin a New Application: October 14, 2021
    • Applications begun after October 14 will be cancelled by the Broad College
  • Case Study Registration: September 7 – October 14, 2021 (register as soon as possible)
    • Alternate Case Study date must be requested by October 4. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be granted. Only academic course conflicts and varsity/club athletic travel will be automatically granted.
    • RCPD-verified testing accommodations must be requested by October 4.
  • Case Study Dates: October 14 & 15, 2021
  • Experiential Profile Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Fall 2021 Transfer Course Documentation Deadline: December 24, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Fall 2021 Admission Decisions Completed: January 6, 2022 (decisions sent via RO Confidential Message after 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time))

Spring 2022

  • Application Opens: January 17, 2022
  • Deadline to Begin a New Application: February 24, 2022
    • Applications begun after February 24 will be cancelled by the Broad College
  • Case Study Registration: January 17 – February 24, 2022 (register as soon as possible)
    • Alternate Case Study date must be requested by February 14. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be granted. Only academic course conflicts and varsity/club athletic travel will be automatically granted.
    • RCPD-verified testing accommodations must be requested by February 14.
  • Case Study Dates: February 24 & 25, 2022
  • Experiential Profile Deadline: April 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Spring 2022 Transfer Course Documentation Deadline: May 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • Spring 2022 Admission Decisions Completed: May 13, 2022 (decisions sent via RO Confidential Message after 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time))

Submit Your Application for Secondary Admission

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

Secondary Admissions Information Sessions

Information sessions are intended for current MSU students applying for admission to the Broad College of Business through the secondary admission process this semester. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Topics addressed include: Broad College application process, academic and non-academic admission factors, resources for completing the experiential profile, case study tips and explanation of the admission decision process.

Students can choose the session that fits their schedule. One recording of each session will be posted  after the last date.

Applying for Admission to the Broad College Sessions

Preparing Your Experiential Profile Session

Types of Information Sessions

Applying for Admission to the Broad College

For all students planning to apply (or reapply) to the Broad College this semester. Topics addressed: application process, academic and non-academic admission criteria, resources for completing the Experiential Profile, Case Study tips and explanation of the admission decision process. Choose one session to attend.

Fall 2021 Presentation Slides

Fall 2021 Presentation Recording (coming in October)

Sample Case Study

Preparing Your Experiential Profile

For all students who completed a Case Study this semester. Topics addressed: Experiential Profile scoring criteria and resources available to assist students with their Profiles.

Fall 2021 Presentation Slides (coming in October)

Fall 2021 Presentation Recording (coming in October)

Academic Factors (Required)

Minimum criteria to apply

  • Completion of at least 28 credits
  • Completion of CSE 102 (accepted substitutions: EGR 102, CSE 220, CSE 231, CMSE 201, CSE waiver exam result)
    • Beginning Spring 2020: CSE 101 will not be accepted as a substitute for CSE 102
  • Completion of the following College Precore courses (credit must be earned):
    • EC 201 or EC 202
    • STT 200 or STT 201 or STT 315 (accepted substitutions: STT 180, STT 231, STT 351, STT 421, PSY 295)
    • Tier I Writing Course: WRA 101-195H, LB 133, MC 111, MC 112, RCAH 111

Academic factors included

  • College Precore GPA
    • Only MSU grades are used in the College Precore GPA calculations, with the following exceptions:
      • If all college precore courses are completed at an institution other than MSU, transfer grades must be used
      • If only one MSU precore grade is present, transfer precore grades will be reviewed
    • Precore course equivalents taken at MSU are used in the College Precore GPA calculation.
  • Cumulative GPA
    • Only MSU grades are used in the cumulative GPA calculation.

Non-Academic Factors (Required)

Experiential Profile

An online experiential profile considering the following qualities:

  • Level of passion as shown by demonstrated enthusiasm and sustained commitment to business
  • Tangible connection made between experience and business principles
  • Level of responsibility demonstrated by increased level of duties and/or responsibilities
  • Duration of experience demonstrated by total hours

Case Study

An online case study considering characteristics in one of the following thematic areas that will be randomly assigned.

  • Integrity
    • Principle-based actions; demands truth; does the right thing; has courage to defend ethical practices; trustworthy; honest
  • Initiative and resourcefulness
    • Drives for excellence; strong work ethic; responsibility; accountability; motivation; applies principle-based problem-solving techniques
  • Professional relationships and teamwork
    • Develops team members; ability to work with others; values inclusion; has connection with community; strives for customer satisfaction; contributes to the wider society

The purposes of including non-academic factors in the college-level admission decision process are to enhance the student’s educational experience through the process, to recognize attributes employers and industries value in the process, to acknowledge qualities that are valued by and consistent with the mission of the Broad College, and to include appropriate factors considered as indicators of success by the admissions review committee.

The approach includes meaningful self-reflection and teachable moments regarding integrity, initiative, professional relationships, work experience and extra-curricular activities as they relate to the business world with the experiential profile, and the case study is consistent with the five key dimensions of personal and social responsibility of the AAC&U leadership initiative.

Personal Statement (Optional)

The personal statement of extenuating circumstances is an opportunity for a student to share a circumstance beyond his/her control that might have impacted academic performance. Official supportive documentation of the extenuating circumstance must accompany the personal statement.

Admission to a Degree-Granting Major

Once a student is admitted to the Broad College as a Business Admitted major, the next step is to apply for admission to a degree-granting major. Students must earn 56 or more cumulative credits and complete the Major Precore courses to be eligible for major admission; see the Admission to Major page for complete information.

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

  • How do I apply for admission to the Broad College?

    See the “Submit Your Application” section, above, to begin your application. Do not begin an application if you are not actually qualified to apply in this particular semester.

  • I am applying for the second time. Will my previous application content (case study, experiential profile) be used in this semester’s application?

    No. Students must complete and submit a new experiential profile and case study. Scores from previous semesters will not be carried over and used in the current application.

  • I started an application, but I am not planning to apply this semester. Can I cancel my application?

    If you have not yet taken the case study and the application is still open for the semester, log into your application and click the red “Cancel Application” button at the top of the screen.

    If you have taken the case study, and/or the application is closed for the semester, please submit your cancellation request to admissions@broad.msu.edu. Cancellations within one week of the posted decision date may not be possible.

    If your application is cancelled, you will not receive any scores for the Case Study and/or Experiential Profile.

  • Does the application process include:
    • A resume? NO.
    • An interview? NO.
    • Letters of recommendation? NO.
  • How many points are assigned to each part of the Broad College application process?
    • Academic Factors: 118 points possible (see Academic Factor Point Chart)
    • Experiential Profile: 30 points possible
    • Case Study: 24 points possible
    • Total: 172 points possible
  • What is the admission rate?

    The number and percentage of admitted students varies by semester. Admission numbers/rates are impacted by available seats in the college and the size of the applicant pool; these numbers vary by semester. In most semesters, the majority of applicants are admitted. Over the past three years, 43-62 percent of eligible applicants were admitted.

  • If I am denied admission, can I reapply?

    Reapplication is an available option, but you should carefully consider whether this is the best plan for you. Students who are considering reapplying should meet with a Broad academic advisor to discuss their previous application, scores, academic situation and best strategy for a future application. Reapplying is often a sound option, but not always; each student’s situation is unique.

  • If I am denied admission, can I appeal the decision?

    Students can appeal an admission decision until the posted deadline. See the Admission Decision Appeals section, above, for appeal process information after decisions are sent out for the current application period.

  • Can I apply for admission in the summer?

    Students with a business-preference major who will reach junior standing (56 credits) for the first time through summer enrollment at MSU and/or another school can apply to the Broad College in the summer.

    Students in other majors (outside the Broad College, Hospitality Business) are not eligible for summer admission.

  • Can I apply for admission if I am not enrolled in the current semester?

    Students who have matriculated to MSU in a previous semester, but are not enrolled in the current semester, are eligible to apply for admission in the fall or spring (not summer – see question above). Note that all requirements remain in place – the case study is still required.

    Students who have been admitted to MSU but have not yet begun MSU courses are not eligible for Broad College admission via the secondary admission process.

Frequently Asked Questions: Academic Factors

  • I took both STT 200 and STT 315 (or other approved STT courses). Which course will be used for the College Precore GPA?

    The first chronological non-repeatable grade earned in a precore course will be used in all future applications to calculate the precore GPA (substitute course grades taken later cannot be used).

      • Example: Spring 2021 grade in STT 315 cannot replace Fall 2020 grade in STT 200
  • Why is CSE 102 a required course for admission to the Broad College?

    The requirement for business professionals to have “data literacy” skills has taken on tremendous importance as business analytics have become a component of any business and business process.

    To develop the necessary data literacy and analytical skills, Broad students begin their journey with CSE102 learning python programming.
    They will continue this journey with ITM209 (Excel, Tableau, SQL, etc.) and MKT317 (R coding to run statistics).
    At the 300/400 course level, major assignments and in some cases full courses require the use of these analytical skills and/or are fully focused on building additional tools (e.g. machine learning) to ensure a student graduates with the needed tools to be successful in a student’s desired profession.

  • Can I transfer in CSE 102?

    Per MSU policy, students who have not earned credit in CSE 102 (or received a grade of 0.0, 1.0 or 1.5, or designated a grade as S, at MSU) may earn transfer credit in CSE 102 if a course at another school is approved for transfer as CSE 102. See Transfer MSU for currently approved equivalencies. To request an evaluation of a new course for potential transfer as CSE 102, please contact the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

  • 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 December 23, 2021. 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., December 24, 2021. 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 Fall 2021 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/A Level credit. How will this be used for admission?

    Credit in College Precore Courses earned via AP/IB/CLEP/A Level will translate into GPA equivalencies for the College Precore GPA only (this will not impact the Cumulative GPA or Major Precore GPA). See the conversion chart in the Admission Information Session presentation slides, above, for exact score-to-GPA information.

  • My AP exam score resulted in a "waiver" of one or more of the College Precore courses. Will the waiver fulfill the course requirement?

    No. Students must earn credit in all required courses – the AP waiver does not fulfill the requirement.

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

    If only one College Precore Course is completed at MSU, transfer grades will be reviewed.

    If two or more College Precore Courses are completed at MSU, only MSU grades are used.

    • Example: If STT 200 and WRA 101 are completed in transfer, and EC 201 and EC 202 are completed at MSU, the EC 201 and 202 grades will constitute the entire College Precore GPA.
  • I took all my College Precore courses at another institution. How will my College Precore GPA be calculated?

    Transfer equivalent grades are based on the first chronological course completed that resulted in transferable credit (2.0/C grade).

    Example: STT 200 from Macomb Community College was completed twice – Fall 2013 grade: C; Spring 2014 grade: B. Since the Fall 2013 grade allows transferable credit, that is the grade that will be used.

    The original course credit amount is used (example: if a course that transfers as STT 200 – a 3-credit course – to MSU, but is a 4-credit course at that school, the full 4 credits are calculated in the GPA).

    When using transfer grades from institutions that give individual course grades as letter grades (“C” instead of “2.0”), we apply that institution’s grade equivalencies (usually found on the back of the transcript and on that institution’s website).

    Example Transfer College Precore GPA:

    • Writing: ENG 1020 4 credits (Wayne State University) B (3.0 per WSU’s grade conversion)
    • Statistics: STT 210 4 credits (Macomb CC) A- (3.7 per MCC’s grade conversion)
    • Economics: ECON 201 4 credits (Macomb CC) C (2.0 per MCC’s grade conversion)
    • College Precore GPA: 2.9
  • 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) or designated a grade as S (Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021) in the original attempt.

    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 College 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.

Experiential Profile

  • What is the Experiential Profile?

    See the Non-Academic Factors section, above, for an explanation of the non-academic admission factors. Students are encouraged to attend an admission information session during the semester they apply to learn more about the application factors and process.

  • Where can I get help with my Experiential Profile?

    Broad academic advisors cannot provide feedback on individual student experiential profiles. Please use the resources referenced above and in the admission information and Experiential Profile large-group sessions.

Case Study

  • What is the Case Study?

    See the Non-Academic Factors section, above, for an explanation of the non-academic admission factors. Students are encouraged to attend an admission information session during the semester they apply to learn more about the application factors and process.

  • I have conflicts with all the Case Study times. Can I request a different time?

    Approval for an alternate Case Study time will be granted if you have an academic course conflict with the regularly scheduled case study, or a varsity or club (not intramural) athletic travel/competition conflict. Requests must be sent to admissions@broad.msu.edu at least 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled Case Study; documentation of the conflict is required. Alternate Case Studies will not be approved if there are open sessions that do not conflict with class/athletic times.

  • Can I take the Case Study on a different date?

    Approval for a make-up Case Study will be granted if you have an academic course conflict with the regularly scheduled case study, or a varsity or club (not intramural) athletic travel/competition conflict. Requests for a make-up must be sent to admissions@broad.msu.edu at least 10 days prior to the regularly scheduled Case Study; documentation of the conflict is required. Make-ups will not be available for students who miss the Case Study for any other reason, unless they can produce official documentation of a medical/family emergency.

  • I missed my scheduled Case Study. Can I take it on another date?

    If a future time/date session has available seats, students can self-register. If no seats are available, and students have a documented reason (medical/family emergency) for missing the Case Study without prior notification, that documentation must be sent to admissions@broad.msu.edu no later than two business days after the originally scheduled Case Study. Requests for a make-up Case Study will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but will not be considered without official documentation (doctor’s note, etc). Forgetting, oversleeping or incorrectly noting the case study date/time in your planner are not reasons that will result in approval of a make-up Case Study.

  • I am registered with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD). How can I request accommodations for the Case Study?

    Start an application for admission and register for a Case Study session. Submit a copy of your RCPD VISA to Melanie Wallace, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions (admissions@broad.msu.edu) via your MSU email account or using the “Special Accommodation Request” option in the Issue/Question menu. This is required, as the VISA details the necessary accommodations. You will be contacted prior to the Case Study date to confirm appropriate arrangements. You must submit your VISA at least 10 days prior to the Case Study date.

  • I did not complete the Case Study. Will my application still be considered for admission to the Broad College?

    All parts of the application (precore courses, required credits, Experiential Profile, Case Study) must be completed to be considered for admission. Students who do not complete all required elements will be deemed ineligible for admission and should plan to apply in a future semester.

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 admissions@broad.msu.edu.

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

    The desire to pursue a Broad degree 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.

Admission Decision Appeals

The appeal period has ended (the deadline to submit an admission appeal was 5:00pm September 2). If you have an extenuating circumstance that prevented you from submitting an appeal between August 26 and September 2, please contact the Associate Director for Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@broad.msu.edu with appropriate documentation. Late appeals may not be accepted, and requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.