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Online MS / Program Admissions

Applying for our online program offerings is basically a four step process. 
Please note: Only complete applications to the MS Programs will be reviewed.

Please read all steps before you begin.

Step 1: Apply

To apply to the MS in Pharmacology & Toxicology, the MS in Integrative Pharmacology OR the Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology:

Begin by applying online at the Michigan State University, Office of Admissions website:

Under "Major Preferences", use one of the following program codes.
(Use of another major code may slow down the progress of your application.)

  • "4216 - MS in Integrative Pharmacology"
  • "4176 - MS in Pharmacology & Toxicology"
  • "4218 - Graduate Certificate in Safety Pharmacology"

A GRE score is not required, however you are welcome to provide that information.

Application Deadlines

All materials must be received by these dates:

  • Fall semester: June 1st
  • Summer semester: February 1st
  • Spring semester: October 1st

Application Fee

The application fee is collected at the end of the online application process. Prior to paying the application fee, you may log back into your saved application to make changes. However, once you submit your application, any changes will need to be done through this office. You will then have access to a student 'portal' to monitor your application's progress at:

Step 2: Compose a Statement

Your personal/academic (purpose) statement can be included on the electronic application in the area provided, or it may be submitted separately; either approach is fine. If you choose to submit it separately from your application, please just enter “sending separately” on your electronic application.

If you are ready to forward your statement, you may:

It can be one personal statement, and one academic statement; or a combined statement outlining your personal/academic background. Please ensure that your name and contact information appear on the document (putting in the header or footer is always a good choice).

This statement is the primary way for you to introduce yourself to the committee members that will be evaluating your application. Please include your academic or professional goals and reasons for choosing our MS program.


Step 3: Transcripts

Transcripts from each post-secondary college and university attended listed on your application, must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Admissions at Michigan State University (after you have submitted your application - so they may be matched). Please send our office an email ( when these have been sent out.

Electronic Transcripts

If supplying electronic (downloadable) transcripts, they must be directed to directly from the issuing institution or service. Please notify the student office of any electronic transcript requests you have placed, so we may monitor their arrival.

International and Non-english academic records

One official copy of all records from each post-secondary college and university attended must be submitted as official documents directly from each institution to MSU’s Office of Admissions

  • Transcripts 
  • Diplomas (certified copy *not original* from the issuing institution)
  • Certificates, etc.  

These records must show courses taken and grades earned and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language.  If a document is translated, it should be certified as accurate and correct by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government.

    • Resources approved by MSU for translation purposes:
        • Search the system for an ATA certified translator. Once located, ensure they will work with transcripts and diplomas (some exclude these)
        • TRANSCRIPT: one copy for to complete translation
        • DIPLOMA:  you will need 2 official copies: one for the translator, one for MSU – sent directly from the institution to our offices.
      • 7CLINGO.COM
        • This company has a free quote available at:
        • You can upload your diploma and your transcript directly to their system for translation, and have the results delivered to us
        • TRANSCRIPT: one uploaded to the company’s website (originals are on file)
        • DIPLOMA: one uploaded to the company’s website, one original sent directly to our office from the institution. Have the company forward the translation to our office.

Credentialing Services

If your transcripts reflect a system other than a 4.0 grading system, our departmental admissions committee will also require a credentialing service to evaluate your grades.

These companies evaluate your transcripts, providing an American institution with valuable information about your educational background and its equivalence to a degree issued by a domestic educational institution. Please request a course-by-course evaluation. Examples of companies that offer these services, include (but are not limited to):

Please note that we do not offer provisional admission to this online program

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (LORs) are required to apply to our two online MS programs; NOT three as noted in some areas (Graduate School website, for instance). However, no LORs are required to apply to the Graduate Certificate Program.

Submitting LOR's

Electronically submitted by authors

Once you have completed your application, submitted it, and paid the application fee, you may login to the graduate student portal and send out requests to the authors of your LOR from there: (login is located in the upper right corner of the web page).

This will take you to the graduate student portal, where you can login to check the status of your online application (you will need your application number and password that you created during the application process).

After logging in, click on “Letters of Recommendation” in the upper right area of the page. Enter the email addresses of those authors you wish to have send an LOR in for consideration.

This process will email the authors a request for their LOR on your behalf and provide them with a unique URL link to click on, which will allow them to visit the site and upload their letter (they do not have to create an account to do so).


LOR's can be emailed to our Academic Office ( by the authors (they may NOT come through you) - these must be accompanied by the cover sheet that is available from within the Graduate Portal (which you will be given access to, once your application has been completely submitted). 


LOR's can be physically mailed directly to our office.

Who do you request LOR's from?

That would depend upon your background. Some suggestions are: current or former professors, employers (supervisory level) and other professionals who are able to supply letters assessing your academic background/performance, critical thinking, analytical and writing skills objectively.

Plan Ahead

Allow your authors at least one month to prepare and compose their letter. Don’t rush them, and be sure to provide them with the application deadline.

Be Organized and Pro-Active

Consider providing each author with a folder that includes information about you that will allow them to compose a detailed letter. Items to consider including for their resource are your CV/resume, unofficial transcripts and a copy of your purpose statement.

Be sure to follow up with a thank you note to your authors. Networks are a key to success in any professional field – and this is an opporunity for you to establish yours.