Submission Instructions

Directions for Submitting your Application Materials

The Rhetoric & Writing Program uses MSU’s new Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS). You must use the GAMS portal to submit your application materials. Please read the instructions below before you begin the submissions process and follow them carefully. If you have a problem with GAMS, please contact Melissa Arthurton via

1. Fill out an Application for Graduate Study by applying online at the MSU Graduate School website,

2. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive an e-mail prompting you to create an account on the Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS) portal and providing further instructions for using GAMS.

You must upload all materials (except transcripts, see #3 below) required for program admissions via GAMS including names & contact information (which must include an e-mail address) for individuals providing you with letters of reference. (GAMS will send an e-mail to all such individuals, prompting them to upload letters of reference.)

All submitted materials should be readable in MS Office or PDF format, and links to websites should be “live” inside those document formats.

3. If the institution(s) from which you send transcripts use an electronic transcript service, simply direct that institution (usually by filling out a form) to send transcripts to the Graduate School at MSU — your transcript will be attached to your electronic application when it arrives at MSU. If you are sending transcripts from institutions that use paper copies, please have those transcripts sent to:

Rhetoric & Writing Graduate Program
Michigan State University
434 Farm Lane
235 Bessey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1047

4. If, for some reason, you are unable to upload your materials to GAMS, please contact us at with “Cannot Upload Materials” in the subject line.

Please direct all questions regarding receipt and/or status of application materials to