Frequently Asked Questions

…by applicants to the MAET Program

Who enrolls in the MAET Program?

We have a wide range of students who apply to the program. Many are teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals at all stages of their professional careers.

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Can I earn the degree through summer and online courses only?

Yes

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Is the program expensive?

Degree programs at MSU cost more per credit, but require fewer total credits (30 versus 36-38) evening out some cost differences. A degree from MSU offers candidates a highly regarded, nationally recognized and portable degree.

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I graduated from MSU’s 5th year Teacher Intern (TPP) program. How many of my TPP courses are accepted?

During MSU’s TPP internship year, you completed several courses that are eligible for use towards a Master of Arts degree inside the College of Education. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology program has agreed to count a maximum of 9 credits of the graduate coursework from your MSU internship year toward the Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree. Masters students are required to complete their degree within 5 years. A student’s academic clock starts based on the first course taken towards the degree. The eligibility of a course to be used towards a degree is based on how well the content in the course aligns with the degree granting program. We do not accept all of the courses because some do not apply to the themes and threads of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. If you plan to use your Internship course credits towards your Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree, please discuss this with your academic advisor when building your academic plan. If you have questions before you apply about whether specific TPP courses are accepted, please contact edutech at msu.edu.

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Can I transfer courses from other universities?

The Master of Arts in Educational Technology program allows students to transfer a maximum of 9 credits (three 3-credit courses) from other postsecondary accredited institutions of comparable academic quality if 1) they are appropriate to a student’s program and 2) they were completed within the time limits approved for the earning of the degree desired at Michigan State University. If you wish to transfer courses from another postsecondary accredited institution, please indicate this on your department application and include a description of each course. High-quality, technology-rich, graduate level courses may be transferred into the master’s program with faculty approval.

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How long will it take me to earn my Masters degree?

A majority of students complete the program while working in 2-3 years. Working with an advisor to plan degree programs assists students to complete them in the time frame that best suits their professional and personal needs. There is a five year limit for completion of all courses in the master’s program including transfer courses.

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When is the deadline for applying?

The MAET program has a rolling admissions process. Applications will be considered up to 1 month before the beginning of courses each semester.

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If I am taking this course online, do I have to pay for student health insurance?

Effective fall 2012/2013, newly admitted students will be required to inform the university whether or not they have insurance, but will not be auto enrolled or billed as a result of information provided. Students will receive an email in early fall with instructions for how to report student insurance information. For more information, please visit the Student Insurance Requirements page.

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I am an international student, and am interested in your program. Does it qualify me for a student visa?

Our courses are offered fully online, and therefore residency in the US is not required to complete the MAET Program. If you are an international applicant interested in the program, please note that the MAET Program does not fulfill the academic requirements to apply for a J-1 visa. MAET courses during the fall and spring semesters are completely online, thus, admission to the MAET Program would not qualify you for a student visa.

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