Applying for Doctoral Study

Application Process
In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet other requirements for admission. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants without master’s degrees or sufficient course work may be admitted provisionally and be required to complete a specified number of collateral courses, not to count toward the degree, before regular admission is granted.  All applicants to the doctoral program must also supply scores from Graduate Record Examination scores taken within the last five years (MSU’s ETS Institution Code is R1465).

All prospective students must apply to the Graduate School. Information about applying can be found at the links below.

More information on Admission to the MSU Graduate School
Online application to graduate study

In addition, all applicants to the Chicano/Latino Studies doctoral program must submit the following:

  • A written statement of professional goals. It should describe the following: how the applicant’s professional and educational experiences have influenced the desire to pursue doctoral study, the broader, long-term career interests of the applicant and how the Chicano/Latino Studies program relates to those interests, and the applicant’s goals and objectives for doctoral study. This statement is used to determine if the applicant’s goals are consistent with those of the program and to assess the clarity and coherence of the applicant’s writing.
  • Three letters of recommendation on letterhead. The letters are required to assess the academic abilities of the applicant. The applicant should choose persons who are familiar with his or her academic abilities and those individuals writing reference letters should be encouraged to be as specific as possible in their comments.
  • A writing sample that best represents analytic and integrative thinking of the applicant. Examples of material might include research papers completed for a graduate class, grant proposals, research reports, or published articles.

US Residents

  1. S. applicants who are not already admitted to graduate study at MSU must submit the Graduate Application for Admission. An application fee and college transcripts of all previous academic work must be submitted with this form.

More information on Admission to the MSU Graduate School
Online application to graduate study

International Students
International students who have not been admitted to graduate study at MSU are required to submit the International Graduate Application for Admission, proof of financial support, and proof of proficiency in English. For more information please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Office of International Students and Scholars
103 International Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Transferring from Other MSU Programs
Applicants who wish to transfer into the Chicano/Latino Studies Ph.D. program from another MSU graduate program must contact the Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Application Materials
All application materials are to be sent to the Chicano/Latino Studies Program. This includes the applications for admission to graduate study at MSU as well as Chicano/Latino Studies Program admission applications. The admissions address for the Chicano/Latino Studies Program appears below:

Chicano/Latino Studies Program
Attention: Doctoral Admissions Committee
Michigan State University
200 S. Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Fax: 517-432-8662

Deadline for Applications
Applications should be submitted by December 31 for optimal consideration. Applications submitted by this time can also be considered for College and University scholarships and fellowships, and for assistantships awarded by the program. Completed applications received after the December 31 deadline will be considered for fall admission as space permits.