Graduate School

Preparation Resources:

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is a gateway to graduate education at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

AGEP is a network of universities dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The National Science Foundation funds the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The primary goals of AGEP are to (a) significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and ( b) enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for faculty positions in academia.

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

The Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) is a national organization that was founded in 1968 to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Since its inception, more than 10,000 students have participated in CLEO’s programs and joined the legal profession.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is owned and managed by its members. With more than 30,000 members around the world, NSBE is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

Writing Academic and Personal Statements

The Michigan State University Graduate Application requires two statements (Academic and Personal). The College of Engineering has developed the following guidelines to assist you in developing strong academic and personal statements. These statements are used both to evaluate your application to our graduate program and to identify candidates for MSU fellowship and scholarship opportunities. You may use the same Academic and Personal statements for both the MSU Graduate School application and the College of Engineering application (see the Application Instructions for more information). **NOTE: This information can be used to guide writing for ANY graduate program application.**

The MSU Testing Office

The mission of the Michigan State University Testing Office is to provide the highest quality testing environment for students, faculty, staff, and the community.  We achieve this by following the National College Testing Association’s Professional Standards and Guidelines.  The MSU Testing Office is committed to the preservation of academic integrity and support of academic success, which is fostered by our adherence to a high standard of excellence in all that we do.

MSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

The undergraduate research program at Michigan State University (MSU) strives to

  • increase opportunities for MSU students to engage in scholarship,
  • expand the pool of faculty and partners engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work, and
  • better understand the impact of this engagement on student learning and retention.

Using a multi-faceted approach, we seek to capitalize on the strengths of faculty and existing programs while offering new opportunities commensurate with the culture and research methodologies of different academic disciplines.

Fee Waiver Resources:

GRE Fee Waiver Application

To be granted a GRE Fee Reduction Certificate, consult the GRE Bulletin or website. You must either:

  • Be an enrolled senior currently receiving financial aid or an un-enrolled college graduate* and…
  • You must be a United States citizen or resident alien and…
  • You must be a dependent receiving a parent contribution of $1,00 or less or you must be self-supporting with a total family contribution of $1,900 or less. 

*An applicant who is an un-enrolled college graduate must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Once the applicant receives the Student Aid Report (SAR), s/he should take it to the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility for the GRE Fee Reduction Certificate.

Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Program

The Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp program is designed to increase access to graduate education for students who possess qualities and experiences that enhance the diversity of the intellectual, cultural and social environments at Big Ten Academic Alliance universities.

For more information, please contact:
Aida Montalvo
Michigan State University
The Graduate School
Chittenden Hall
466 W. Circle Dr. Rm 230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Phone: 517-353-3063

MSU Eli Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA Application Fee Waiver

The Broad Full-Time MBA program would like to recognize applicants from certain backgrounds that exemplify community and military service. Applicants from the organizations listed below can apply and have their application fee paid for by the Full-Time MBA program. Learn more about various fellowship benefits.

  • Peace Corps
  • AmeriCorp
  • Teach for America
  • Non-Profit organizations listed under section 501(c)
  • U.S. Military Background

To apply the waiver, please contact Beth Thomas for further instructions.

MSU College of Law Fee Waiver Request

We’re pleased to waive the $60.00 application fee. Please complete this brief form and a fee waiver code will be emailed to you.

Association of American Medical Colleges Fee Assistance Program

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) exam, apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) application, and more.