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Careers at msu FAQs

What if I forgot my password?
After choosing "Login", click on the "Forgotten your password?" link in the login dialog box. You will be prompted to provide the email address associated with your applicant profile. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.

What if I forgot my user name?
Please contact MSU Human Resources at 517-353-4434 or

Are background checks performed for all new employees?
Yes. A criminal background check is done, and in some cases, a hiring department may conduct further background checks.

What if I have already created an application?
Each time you want to apply for a position, you must complete a new application. 

I am not a U.S. citizen, what type of Visa do I need in order to work at MSU?
For information regarding appropriate visa/status options, contact MSU's Office of International Students and Scholars.

Does MSU administer drug testing?
Some positions may require drug testing prior to hire. For more details, refer to MSU's policy on Alcohol and Controlled Substances.

How do I print my application?
You can choose to view your application and print it from that window. It is not necessary for you to print an application. You just need to submit your application by clicking "Submit application" on the final page.

How can check the status I of my application?
Login using your username and password. If you have applied for vacancies, they will be listed.

How will my job application be evaluated?
When you apply for a position, your application and credentials will be evaluated. If union bargaining agreements allow and you meet the minimum requirements for the position, your credentials will be forwarded to the hiring department. If applicable, your qualifications, along with those of other applicants will be compared against the skills / qualifications needed for the position.

How do I know you received my information?
You will receive a confirmation email.  Also, you may check your application status at any time simply by logging into your applicant profile at

How long should I expect to wait to hear back once I've submitted my application on-line?
It will depend on the hiring department's timelines. You may check your application status at any time simply by logging into your applicant profile.

How long does my applicant profile remain active in the system?
Your applicant profile will remain active in the system indefinitely.  If you decide in the future you would like to apply for positions once again, your applicant profile will be saved in the system, ready for you to update as necessary.

How are job interviews arranged?
The hiring department will contact you if you have been selected for an interview.

I submitted my application but forgot to include some necessary information. Can I correct this?
If you have already submitted your application (and any attachments such as a resume) you can update your attached documents via your applicant profile at

How do I withdraw my application?
If your credentials have already been forwarded to the hiring department, you will need to contact MSU Human Resources to withdraw your application. If your application has not been forwarded to the hiring department, you can withdraw your application via your applicant profile at  If you withdraw your application, you will NOT be able to apply for the same position again.