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Online Graduate Application and Fee
Visit The Graduate School website, and fill out an online application. The Program Code is 6057.

The full-time program is now accepting applications for spring semester 2019 (SS19) and fall semester 2019 (FS19).  The online program is now accepting applications for summer semester 2019 (US19).

When you complete the first part of the online graduate school application, you will be given access to the Graduate Education Student Portal. The Portal allows you to check the status of your application, send e-messages to the department, upload various required documents, and request letters of recommendation.

Please have official transcripts and an attested degree copy (both in English and Original Language) sent directly from your university to MSU to have your application reviewed for admission. (Note: Some applicants are asking about recent changes to CDGDC not verifying degrees, we have not received any communication on this yet so please follow the information listed in the prior sentence. WES transcripts are not accepted.)

Please have transcript documents mailed to:

Michigan State University
Department of Marketing
632 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824
Attn: Jessica Richards

GMAT or GRE Scores
The GMAT testing center code to have your scores sent to our program is QH0-5P-00. The code to have your GRE scores sent to to our program use code 1465.

English Language Proficiency Test
The ability to understand and communicate English well is essential for all students in Broad master’s programs.  Therefore, proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English are necessary. Strong English language skills must be acquired prior to the beginning of classes.

The English competency tests (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE A, etc.) are designed to give graduate program admissions committees information to judge the potential for success. A reasonable level of English competency (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) is important for success in the nationally competitive MSU graduate education environment. Applicants without native fluency in English must fulfill proficiency requirements as part of their admission to the Broad College.

The Broad College requires applicants to provide either a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) score, International Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PET A) score. The Admissions Committee will consider a candidate’s highest total score (and the sections associated with the highest score total).

TOEFL:  Test takers should use the Michigan State University institution code 1465 and 02 for the department code. MSU does not accept the Institutional TOEFL- a test taken at any site other than an official testing center and not scored by the TOEFL administration.

Minimum Acceptable Scores (candidates with scores below these minimums might not be accepted into the program)

  • 250 on computer version of the TOEFL exam
  • 100 on iBT (Internet-Based Test) TOEFL exam
  • 7 on the IELTS exam
  • 70 on the PTE

IELTS: All IELTS scores must be received hard copy, MSU Admissions does not accept electronic IELTS scores. Here are helpful steps to send your IELTS score to MSU:

Test Takers have two choices when requesting scores to be sent paper copy to MSU:

  1. They can choose the institution(s) where they want their scores sent at the time they register for the test:
    1. There is a pull-down menu they use to select the school(s) (see below). The selection must say(POSTAL) next to the institution name.
    2. If they do not see the institution listed in the pull-down menu, they can manually type the information in the blank fields.
  2. They can wait until they receive their score results:
    1. They need to contact the test center where they took the test and ask them to send the results to the institution(s) of their choice. They must provide the test center with the Institution Name, Department (if applicable) and mailing address. Please use this address information for mailing IELTS test results:

Department of Marketing
Michigan State University
632 Bogue Street, Room N370
East Lansing, MI 48824
Attn: Jessica Richards

English Language Proficiency Waiver Policy
The English language proficiency requirement may be waived for applicant’s with

  • Bachelor’s degree earned in the U.S. (or other English-speaking country). If a copy of the (old) English language competency scores is available, please send to Admissions. The BA or BS program should be a regular 4-year degree the majority of credits earned in the U.S. (or other English-speaking country), not 100% online, not an “experiential” degree that is based on credit for life experiences and/or not earned at a branch campus in a non-English-speaking country.
  • Bachelor’s degree earned at MSU, the majority of credits earned while on our campus.
  • Master’s degree earned at an AAU institution (see on a U.S. campus. Helpful if English language competency scores are included (even if old) for the student’s admission into the master’s program

One Letter of Recommendation
The letter of recommendation can be from an academic or professional reference.

This document may be uploaded online via the Graduate Education Student Portal.  When you receive access to the Portal, you will provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders.  The system will then send the recommender an automated message with directions to upload their letters.

The letters may also be mailed to us at  If the letter is being mailed directly to us, the letter must be written on department or business letterhead stationery, and it must include a Graduate School Recommendation Form.

Academic Statement of Purpose
The statement should describe your career goals and objectives and explain why you believe our master’s program in marketing research will help you achieve those goals and objectives.  This statement should be no longer than two, typed, double-spaced pages.

Submit a resume highlighting your relevant education, work, and other experiences.

Affidavit of Support and Financial Proof
The Affidavit of Support and Financial Proof is not required at the time of application for admission.  However, many applicants find it convenient to submit this form with their application. Please note that if you are admitted to the MSMR program, you must submit this document within 14 days of admission to obtain your student visa.

Application materials (with the exception of official transcripts) may be uploaded via the Graduate Education Student Portal. Please send hard copy official transcripts, as well as other application materials you do not wish to upload online, to the following address:

Department of Marketing
Michigan State University
632 Bogue Street, Room N370
East Lansing, MI 48824
Attn: Jessica Richards

For assistance or questions regarding the program, applying to the program, and/or your application, please email:

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