Steps for Students with Five or More Years of Work Experience

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic


We recognize that the global COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for some applicants to take the GRE or GMAT. Thus, we are making the GRE/GMAT requirement optional for Fall 2021 master's admissions.

If you are not submitting a GRE or GMAT score as part of your application materials, please submit an academic statement that includes a discussion of both your past experiences (work or academic) involving data analysis and the strength of your quantitative analytical skills.

For questions, please contact Melanie Zaremba at

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic

South Kedzie Hall is currently closed to the public. If you are sending materials via FedEx, UPS, etc. please direct them to:

  • 166 Service Road
    c/o Cheryl Mollitor, 403 S. Kedzie Hall
    East Lansing, MI 48824

For questions, please contact Cheryl Mollitor via email at

  • Provide one set of official transcripts of all academic work completed at colleges and universities.

  • Currently this option is only available to domestic applicants. Please contact Cheryl Mollitor if you have any questions.

  • A domestic applicant with five or more years of relevant work experience, post-bachelor degree, can apply for admission without submitting GRE or GMAT test results. Relevant work experience is defined as employment in job(s) in the area of human resource management or labor relations. As with the regular admissions procedure, an applicant's undergraduate junior-senior GPA, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement are required. A junior-senior GPA of 3.5 is preferred. However, a somewhat lower GPA may be acceptable if other components of the application are strong. Applications under the work experience option also need to include a resume that summarizes the applicant's work experience and evidence, such as letters from employers. Also, the personal statement should include a discussion of the role work experience has played in the applicant's decision to apply to the program.

  • Work experience applicants need to notify Cheryl Mollitor that they are applying under the work experience procedure. Please download the form and send to Cheryl Mollitor by mail, fax, or email.

  • Following a review of these materials, the applicant may be granted initial probationary admission to the master's program. Once admitted, the applicant takes three courses from the SHRLR curriculum. One of the courses must be either HRLR 832 (Quantitative Methods for HR Analyses) or HRLR 809 (Economics of HR) with the choice to select the other two courses from the HRLR curriculum. If the applicant earns a grade of 3.5 or better in each course, the probationary admission will become a full admission and the student may complete the balance of the courses for the degree.

  • Questions? Contact Cheryl Mollitor either by email ( or by phone at (517) 355-3285.