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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

  1. How do I apply?

    You (step 1) apply to the Graduate School online at https://grad.msu.edu/apply; (step 2) submit your test score (GRE or an English-proficiency-test score, TOEFL or IELTS); then (step 3) have transcripts and letters of recommendation mailed in; and finally (step 4) email in your professional goals statement and your resume or CV. These four steps are explained in more detail in How To Apply.

  2. Can I take one or more MAFLT online classes for credit without being enrolled in or accepted into the MAFLT Program?

    Yes. Those not at Michigan State University can enroll in MAFLT courses as Graduate Lifelong Education students. You must have a BA or BS to obtain Graduate Lifelong Education student status. (See the Lifelong Ed webpage here.) To apply for Graduate Lifelong Education student status, complete the easy online Lifelong Education Application. You may be able to transfer up to 9 credits received as a MSU Graduate Lifelong Education student into the MAFLT Program's credit requirements if you are later accepted into the MAFLT Program. Ask the program director any questions you might have about being a Graduate Lifelong Education student taking MAFLT courses.

  3. Can I fax or email a scanned copy (copies) of my undergraduate transcript(s) to the program while I wait for the original one(s) to be sent by my previous institution(s)?

    No. Applicants must request original transcript(s) from the degree granting institution(s) and the institution(s) must send them directly to the MAFLT Program. These original transcripts, with their original envelopes, will be used for formal admission to the university and must be submitted by the Admissions Coordinator to MSU's Office of Admissions for the final step in the process. MSU does accept e-transcripts from domestic (U.S.-based) institutions. If your prior university can officially send electronic transcripts from their admissions office, ask them to send your e-transcript to Lucinda Low in the MSU Office of Admissions at this email address: admis@msu.edu

  4. Once all of my application materials have been received by MAFLT, how long will it be before I receive notification of acceptance into the program?

    Once we have all your materials and your application is complete, the materials are forwarded to the MAFLT Program Director, who will form an Admissions Committee to review your application; this review generally takes no more than one week and the Program Director will notify you of the Committee's decision by email. We then send documentation forward to the College of Arts and Letters, which reviews it and in turn forwards it to the MSU Office of Admissions. It generally takes approximately two months for you to receive official confirmation of admission from the University. You will receive an official email from the University with your identification numbers (PID and PAN) that will allow you to enroll in MAFLT courses. We find international students that submit translations of transcripts and/or transcript verification documentation normally take longer to be admitted because their transcripts and all related documentation must be reviewed by the MSU International Transcript Credentialist within the Office of Admissions. That additional step may add a month or more to the admissions process. 

  5. How late can I apply to the program to be able to begin classes in any given semester?

    You can apply at any time. However, to guarantee that your application will be considered for the immediately following semester, you must have all of your application materials in by these dates for entrance into the following terms:

    • June 1 (for fall enrollment)
    • October 15 (for spring enrollment)
    • April 1 (for summer enrollment)

     

  6. Is financial assistance available for the MAFLT program?

    The same MSU financial assistance is available for online programs as for regular face-to-face programs. Information about financial aid for graduate students may be found here. The MAFLT program itself has no financial assistance available to students.

  7. How much does a course in the MAFLT program cost and how do I get my bill?

    Anticipated tuition rate is $695 per credit hour for courses in this program for academic year 2017-18. This is a flat-rate tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Students must be officially accepted to the MAFLT Program to receive this rate. The exact cost is always listed on the Student Accounts page of the MSU Controller's Office. On this page, click on the Tuition and Cost Information Tuition Rates for the semester in which you want to enroll, and scroll down for the information related to "On-line Programs Special Program Fees (per credit-hour basis)" and see "On-line Foreign Language Teaching Masters:" http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/ Once you have enrolled for your classes, a registration bill will be created according to the Fee Payment schedule (http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/FeePaymentSchedule.aspx). Bills are available electronically in STUINFO only. An email will be sent to your university-provided email address when the bill is accessible. MSU does not process nor does it send paper bills.

  8. I already completed what I think may be the equivalent of a course in the MAFLT program. Is it possible to receive credit for courses I've completed elsewhere?

    Yes. You must submit the syllabus and course description of your previous course to the MAFLT program, where faculty members will determine whether to grant credit. MSU allows up to 9 transfer credits for graduate study, but the courses must been taken at a similarly accredited institution no more than five years previous to the MAFLT admission date. In addition, you must have completed the courses with at least a 3.0 and the courses may not have been used toward a graduate degree program.

  9. Is MSU on the quarter or semester system?

    MSU is on the semester system. Fall Semester at MSU runs from late August to early December, but MAFLT courses start in the Fall during the week after Labor Day; Spring Semester is from early January to early May. The Summer Semester may be a Full Session for the entire summer or may be divided into two sub-sessions. If a course is taught during a sub-session, it is normally taught intensively, i.e., with double the hours. Refer to MSU's Academic Calendar for current and future dates, but note that Fall classes for the MAFLT Program start during the week after Labor Day.

  10. How do I enroll in FLT courses?

    All MAFLT courses are under the FLT subject code on the online MSU course schedule, which is at http://schedule.msu.edu. We have a very short video on how to enroll. See the video here. Please note that the course schedule system is shut down at night (Eastern standard time), so if you are enrolling from abroad, you may need to do so during your night-time hours. Students NOT in the MAFLT program must have an override to enroll. This prevents students outside the MAFLT Program from filling our courses before our MAFLT students have enrolled. To get an override, email the professor of the course and let that person know that you would like to enroll but need an override.

  11. Prior to Fall 2014, I took some of the courses designated LLT and AL. What is the difference between these and the current courses, which are all FLT courses?

    There is no difference. Prior to Fall 2014, when the MAFLT Program was new, we had all courses listed under Language Learning and Teaching (LLT) or Arts and Letters (AL). We created the FLT (Foreign Language Teaching) course-code designation just for the MAFLT Program, and that course-code system was launched in Fall 2014. Courses taken prior to Fall 2014 count toward the degree as normal. The course numbers and course content is the same, and it does not matter if you took the course when it was coded as LLT, AL, or FLT. Anyone of those count toward the degree, as long as the LLT or AL course was taken prior to Fall 2014. Fall 2014 and beyond, all courses in the MAFLT Program will be coded as FLT.

  12. Once I am enrolled, how will I begin the course, since everything is online?

    All MAFLT courses are within a course management system that is activated by the instructor. When the course is activated, you will automatically receive a message via email that the course is open and you will be directed to the online location for the course, where there will be a welcome message and further directions from your instructor.

  13. I'll be completing my first Experiential Module next semester. Is there anything I need to do besides sign up for FLT 885?

    To sign up for an Experiential Module, you must first make acceptable arrangements with the faculty member who will mentor this experience (the professor teaching the FLT 885 Experiential Module course during the semester in which you want to undertake an Experiential Module). The Module must be pre-designed by you and the faculty member before the Module starts to ensure the academic quality of the project. In addition, you must complete the "Experiential Module Contract" (found online in the MAFLT Community D2L site) that becomes the contract between you and the faculty member. More information on this EM process can be found in the Graduate Program Handbook in Resources.

  14. I am considering not taking a class next semester. My finances and the coursework, combined with my teaching load this semester, are really taking their toll. Will it impact my enrollment in the program if I take next semester off?

    No, it won't affect your enrollment or standing in the program to take a semester off. Be aware that if a student is not enrolled for three consecutive semesters; then he or she must reapply to the program.

  15. Is it possible to be part-time and take one or two courses per semester, or is the program only designed for full-time study?

    Beginning Fall Semester 2013 all courses required for the MAFLT Program will be offered across the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, at least two courses are planned for the summer. The courses are offered in such a way that students should be able to complete the program within two years by enrolling in 2 courses per semester during the regular academic year and at least one during the summer. There are no cohorts. Students move along at their own pace. The only caveat is that there is a six-year College of Arts and Letters limit on finishing a graduate program. If a student takes longer than that, he or she may need to repeat courses and/or exams.

  16. Are all required courses offered each semester?

    No, they are not. But the course offerings are set so anyone can complete the degree in two years, or stretch the MA degree program out over five years, as well as anything in between. (Note that students can take up to six years to complete the degree, but we plan out a trajectory of up to five years.) The schedule of when courses are offered is in the MAFLT Graduate Program Handbook, which can be found in Resources.

  17. Is the coursework for the MAFLT program synchronous or asynchronous?

    The vast majority of the course work is designed to be asynchronous, but this choice is entirely up to the instructor. Some instructors have designed their courses to be entirely asynchronous, whereas others do require some degree of common interactivity. Any synchronous work is, of course, scheduled to accommodate students and the faculty instructor. Because of the nature of our audience for the degree, we needed to design courses primarily in an asynchronous mode.

  18. How much computer-related technology background is needed to be successful in these online courses? Will I be at a disadvantage if I am not a real "techie?"

    No. The MAFLT courses require only that you know how to navigate the Web and webpages. You should, however, have broad-band internet access, a webcam, a microphone, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. The computer-assisted language learning (CALL) related courses will give you the opportunity to improve the level of your technology skills.

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