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Admission to the Broad College for students transferring from other institutions

This information is for students at other institutions who wish to transfer to MSU to earn a degree from the Broad College (accounting, finance, human resource management, management, marketing, and supply chain management; hospitality business has separate requirements).

This information does not apply to current MSU students applying to the Broad College or a Broad major through the current student secondary admission process, or the direct admission from high school process.

Transfer Admission Application Process

Students wishing to apply for transfer student admission to MSU as a Broad major must complete the Michigan State University application process through the MSU Office of Admissions. There is no separate Broad application for transfer students. All application and admission communication will come from the Office of Admissions.

Transfer applicants are first reviewed by the MSU Office of Admissions for admissibility to the university, and then reviewed by the Broad College for admission as Business Admitted or Business Preference. Students cannot be admitted to a degree-granting major through the transfer admission process.

Broad College Transfer Guide

Requirements for Transfer Admission Consideration

Applicants are first reviewed for Business Admitted, and if they are not eligible for admission as Business Admitted they are then reviewed for Business Preference.

Business Admitted Requirements

  • 28 or more cumulative transferable credits
  • Completion of CSE 102 (see the Secondary Admission Academic Requirements for approved CSE course substitutions)
  • Completion of College Precore Courses: STT 200/201/315, WRA 101/110-195H, EC 201 or 202 with 3.5 GPA across the courses, with no individual grade below a 3.0 in these three courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 across all institutions

Business Preference Requirements

Students with fewer than 56 credits who are not eligible to be Business Admitted will be considered for admission as Business Preference majors. To be admitted as Business Preference:

  • Students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA across all institutions
  • Students with 28 or more transferrable credits must have fulfilled the Broad College’s College Algebra requirement with transferable credit in MTH 103, MTH 116, MTH 124, MTH 132, or an ACT or SAT Math score that places students out of College Algebra (ACT 28, SAT (old) 640, SATX 660)

Students between 42 and 55 credits are strongly recommended to be making progress toward completion of the following courses (this allows students to progress toward a degree in a timely manner once at MSU):

  • CSE 102
  • STT 200/201/315
  • WRA 101/110–195H
  • ACC 201
  • ACC 202
  • EC 201
  • EC 202
  • MKT 250 (MGT 250 or BUS 250 also completes this requirement; MSU course code changed in Fall 2019)

Business Preference students will apply to the Broad College after matriculating to MSU, through the secondary admission process.

Per MSU policy, students with 56 or more transferable credits who do not meet the requirements for the Business Admitted major cannot be admitted to MSU as Business Preference majors.

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.

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