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Michigan State Academics

Michigan State University requires a minimum of 120 credits to complete a bachelor's degree.

If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Michigan State accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Michigan State does not offer classes during the summer.

NOTE: Around 82% of students who start college at Michigan State finish the requirements for graduation within six years.

Michigan State offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.

Academic Options Yes No
Accelerated Degree Program
Transfer Credits Accepted
AP Credit Accepted
IB Credits Accepted
Summer Classes Available X
New Student Orientation

Reminder: Michigan State may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.

What Classes Are Required At Michigan State?

Michigan State has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.

Students do not need to fulfull a language requirement, but there is a math and science requirement.

Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.

Course Required?
2nd Language No
Math Yes
Science Yes
Computer No

Reminder: Check with Michigan State directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.

Majors at Michigan State

When choosing a major, Michigan State students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Michigan State.

Student Designed Majors

Michigan State allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.

Senior Projects

Michigan State does not require a senior project for all students.

Double Majoring at Michigan State

Michigan State offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.

NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.


Frequently Asked Questions About Michigan State University


Does Michigan State Offer Learning Disability Services?

Check with Michigan State directly for information on any possible available services for students with disabilities.

Does Michigan State Have An Online Program?

✅ Michigan State has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.

Does Michigan State Offer AP Credit?

✅ Michigan State offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.

Does Michigan State Have An Honors Program?

✅ Michigan State offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, and offers a Freshman Honors College. The Freshman Honors college provides a rich curriculum for highly-motivated first-year students.

Does Michigan State Require Internships?

✅ Michigan State does not require an internship for all students, but does require an internship for students in some majors. Students can look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.


Additional Information About Michigan State University


Dual Degree Programs at Michigan State

A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Michigan State offers these dual degree programs:

  • 3-2 dual degree program in engineering

ROTC

What is ROTC?

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.

Does Michigan State have any ROTC programs?

Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.

Michigan State has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.

Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Michigan State include:

  • an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
  • an Air Force branch unit on campus

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

49,695

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

76%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$14,914

Out-of-State

$40,726

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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