Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS)

What is MIGS?

Graduate students who are in good standing in a degree program are eligible to elect courses at several graduate schools in Michigan with the approval of both Host and Home faculty. This program for guest scholars enables graduate students to take advantage of unique educational opportunities throughout the state. (The HOME INSTITUTION is where the student is currently enrolled in a graduate program, the HOST INSTITUTION is where the student wishes to be a guest). Click here to download the program description, participating institutions, and application as a PDF file.

First, the student and academic advisor decide if the course(s) are appropriate to the student's program of study and are not available at his/her Home institution. Then the advisor discusses the plan with the appropriate faculty members at the Host institution. The Host department is consulted to ensure that space is available for enrollment. Next the student obtains a MIGS application from the Home institution. When signatures of the Academic Advisor at the Host Institution, the Academic Advisor, and MIGS Liaison Officer have been obtained, signifying the student is qualified and eligible, the MIGS Liaison Officer forwards the application of the Host Institution for completion. Once the admission has been approved by the Host Department, the MIGS Liaison Officer at the Host Institution issues admissions documents and provides registration instructions, and forwards a copy of the admission letter to the Home Institution.
After completing the course(s), the student is responsible for arranging to have one official transcript of MIGS studies sent to their department at the Home Institution. The student should also contact that office to indicate a transcript is being sent for posting on the academic record as MIGS graduate credit.

Additional Information

Students on a MIGS enrollment pay tuition and other fees normally charged by the Host Institution for the services rendered.

Please Note: Tuition waivers from MSU (e.g., GA-ship, Fellowship) cannot be used for this payment.

Residency Status
Residency status is the same as the Home Institution.

All credit earned under a MIGS enrollment will be accepted by a student's Home Institution as if offered by that institution.

Grades earned in MIGS courses will be applied toward the student's Michigan State University grade point average and used for credit toward a graduate degree as if the course were offered by Michigan State University.

A student may combine a part-time enrollment at the Home Institution with a part-time MIGS enrollment with the approval of the student's academic advisor.

MIGS participation does not necessarily modify fellowship commitments made by a Home Institution for a given period, therefore, specific arrangements for individual cases should be negotiated with the appropriate officials.

Enrollments are limited to six (6) credits for master's or specialist degree students or nine (9) credit hours for doctoral degree students.

The student is responsible for arranging to have transcripts certifying completion of work under a MIGS enrollment forwarded to the HOME Institution.