MST@MSU Eligibility

Students must currently be in grade 7 or 8.

To sign up for the Residential option, students must be a minimum of 12 years old.

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 or Composite 19
      • SAT taken in January 2016 or prior:
        • Old SAT Math or Critical Reading: 460 or SAT Total: 880
      • SAT taken in March 2016 or after:
        • New SAT Math: 500 or SAT Total 980
    • OLSAT (administered by MSU GATE)
      • 90th Percentile
    • CogAT (administered by MSU GATE)
      • 121 SAS
    • 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 or SAT. Students need to take and submit scores for only one of these tests. An IQ test is also acceptable instead of these standardized test scores. 

**If you took the Old version of the SAT (January 2016 or prior), you DO NOT need to take the New version. Your scores on the Old SAT can qualify you for GATE programs. See the minimum scores for the Old SAT listed above.**