Information for Applicants from China

MSU responds to novel coronavirus pandemic

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021

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 mzaremba@msu.edu.

  • Chinese Students: Michigan State University requires all applicants pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China submit not only transcripts and graduation certificates from China, but also obtain verification of these documents from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC).

  • During the application process, applicants submit certified copies (sealed and stamped by institutions) of all post-secondary transcripts, graduation certificates and degrees directly to the MSU Department to which they are applying.  MSU requires these documents in the original language (Chinese) as well as an official English translation.

  • Michigan State University will require all incoming ADMITTED students pursuing degrees or who have earned degrees from universities in China to submit a verification report (English version) through the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) for their final bachelor degree transcripts (大学成绩单) and bachelor degree (本 科学位证书). All verification reports need to be sent to the MSU Office of Admissions directly by CDGDC. For those Master degree granted student, we only need the undergraduate level verification report from CDGDC.

  • The process is straightforward. Students in China send copies of their documents to the CDGDC along with payment. CDGDC verifies grades and degrees (depending on what is requested - students will need to send a transcript used for application AND again for the DEGREE-GRANTING transcript.) by accessing national and provincial databases and contacting universities directly. CDGDC then sends via courier service directly to the U.S. university stamped copies of the verified documents along with a statement noting in English what the degree is and whether the university and program is recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The student pays approximately $40 dollars for this service. Please refer to China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center’s website: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

  • CDGDC operates underneath the Ministry of Education for the purpose of verifying the authenticity of transcripts and degrees granted at the post-secondary level. They do this not only for overseas universities, but for employers and organizations within China as well. WES, ECE, AACRAO, and Educational Perspectives require students using their credential services to order a CDGDC verification. NAFSA and the American Embassy in Beijing have also endorsed CDGDC. MSU has required this credential for transfer applicants since fall 2012 and has had no difficulty with students obtaining this verification.