MST@MSU Eligibility

Students must currently be in grade 7 or 8. Although students may be younger than the grades stated, the nature of the acceleration and the high school level content, no exceptions to younger students will be granted.

In response to concerns regarding prolonged student exposure, residential stays during 2022 GATE summer programs have been removed. Students will commute daily to and from the program.

Students must submit the following with their MST application:

  • Test Scores (score of only one test)
    • ACT or SAT scores of at least:
      • ACT: Math 18, English 18, Reading 18, or Composite 19
      • SAT: Math 500, Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 500, or SAT Total 980
    • CogAT: 90th percentile 
      • Register to take the CogAT with MSU GATE HERE
    • IQ Test
  • Teacher Recommendation Form from one of your teachers in the subject areas of math, science, or technology: During your online application, you will be asked to provide a teacher's school email address, and we will send them an email requesting that they fill out an online recommendation for you. (Do NOT ask your teacher to write you a letter of recommendation - only our online recommendation form will be accepted.)
  • Most recent grade report
  • Essay (view Essay Questions)

Please note: Students need to meet the criteria for the ACT, SAT, or CogAT. Students need to take and submit scores for only one of these tests. An IQ test is also acceptable in place of these standardized test scores.