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Applying to Department of Biosystems Engineering Graduate Program

This page serves as a guide for successful application submission to our program. For questions or assistance with applications or the process, please contact Tara Miller at

All applicants must include the following materials:

  • Complete Application: Complete the online Michigan State University application form ( The MSU code for the PhD program is 0501, and the MSU code for the MS program is 0502. Application completion requires an application fee of $65 USD for Domestic Graduate or $75 USD for International Graduate.
  • GRE Scores: An official copy of your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - general test. Codes: 1465 for MSU, 1602 for Biosystems Engineering.
  • Personal Statement: A written personal statement explaining your area of interest and reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Biosystems Engineering. This can be added to the body of your application in the appropriate section--but we recommend uploading a separate, well-formatted document to the application portal.
  • Academic Statement: An academic statement indicating your qualifications and professional goals, specifying which faculty member(s) you’re interested in working with if you are selected for admission. This can be added to the body of your application in the appropriate section--but we recommend uploading a separate, well-formatted document to the application portal.
  • CV or Resume: Your current CV/Resume uploaded to the application portal.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, completed by instructors or supervisors familiar with your work. There are two options to submit Letters of Recommendation:
    • Use the function within the Application Portal to request letters from recommenders.
    • Or, for recommenders who cannot use the electronic option, use the Letter of Recommendation for Admission Form along with letters sent by mail. See below for the address to send them to.
  • Transcripts: Official copies of transcripts from all previous universities attended. Only sealed official copies, sent by the university directly to us, will be accepted. Transcripts submitted to us cannot be returned to you. We can accept transcripts in two different ways:
    • By mail addressed to:

      MSU Admissions
      250 Administration Bldg.
      East Lansing, MI  48824
    • Electronically via Parchment, or other similar secure method, to Debbie Vasicek at the email address listed below. This option is available for US institutions only. 

International Applicants must also include:

  • Transcripts (Special Directions): In addition to the directions above, if the original transcripts and degree certificates are not issued in English, please arrange to provide official copies both in the original language, and an official translation to English.
  • TOEFL Scores: An official copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for applicants from countries where the official language is not English. Codes: 1465 for MSU, 31 for Biosystems Engineering.
  • Financial Affidavit: A "Statement of Financial Proof and Affidavit of Support", only if you are an international student and can provide your own financial support as a graduate student  
  • Passport You will be asked to submit passport information in the application portal. Be sure to have your valid, unexpired passport on hand. 

A Note on Materials Mailed to the Department During COVID-19:

During COVID-19, department staff are not available on site to accept your mailed materials. Please do not arrange to have materials that require certification or signature delivered to the department, as there is likelihood that it will fail to be received by us and will be automatically returned to the sender. Transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions at the address listed in the above section, Transcripts

Graduate Application Contact Information:

Graduate Program Office
Michigan State University
Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
524 S. Shaw Lane, Rm 216
East Lansing, MI 48824-1323 USA

Phone: (517) 355-4720