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Apply for a Graduate Program

Master's Degree Programs | Advanced Certificates | Combined Bachelor's /Master's Degrees

It is the applicant’s responsibility to gather supporting credentials and submit them to the admissions office. Applicants should apply using the online applications (www.esc.edu/gradapply). Once all applications materials are received by the admissions office, the completed application will be sent to the School for Graduate Studies for additional follow-up and review.

Master’s Degree Programs

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Official transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended are submitted to the admissions office. Transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Empire State College graduates do not need to request a transcript. One will automatically be placed in their application folder.
  3. Essays: Required essay(s) specific to the degree program. The application review committee weighs the quality of your essays very heavily in their decision about whether you will be admitted to the program. The essays must be original to this application and responsive to the specific questions (they are not intended to be writing samples drawn from previous undergraduate or professional writing assignments). If you use any material from other sources/authors, you must include appropriate academic documentation and citation. Aside from considering the quality of
    your essays in the decision about your admission to the program, your essays may be used in the process of advisement in your degree program.
  4. Resume: A resume including previous experience, education and other achievements.
  5. Recommendations: Two electronic recommendations from appropriately qualified persons are required. Personal references are not acceptable. The School for Graduate Studies online recommendation form must be used. Current Empire State College undergraduate students applying for a combined bachelor's/master's degree program must submit one recommendation from their primary mentor.
  6. Entrance Exams (M.A.T. Program ONLY): The M.A.T. in Adolescent or Middle Childhood Education requires submission of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies (MAT). * Applicants with an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MSW, PhD, EdD, JD) from a regionally accredited college or university may request a waiver from the graduate admissions exam along with an official transcript documenting their degree. Waiver requests should be sent to the School for Graduate Studies (Grad@esc.edu).
  7. English-language proficiency: Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency. The School for Graduate Studies will accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores taken within the last three years. You must score within the range of 79-94 on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) or 6.5-7 on the IELTS to be considered for admission to the Empire State College graduate degree programs. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution where the instruction was given in English may be exempt.
  8. Orientation fee: $50 nonrefundable.

Advanced Certificates

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Official transcripts: Official undergraduate transcript is submitted to the admissions office. Transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a member organization of NACES or AACRAO. Empire State College graduates do not need to request a transcript.
  3. English-language proficiency: Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency. The School for Graduate Studies will accept TOEFL or IELTS test scores taken within the last three years. You must score within the range of 79-94 on the TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) or 6.5-7 on the IELTS to be considered for admission to the Empire State College advanced certificate programs. Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution where the instruction was given in English may be exempt.
  4. Program fee: $25 nonrefundable.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs

Admission into any of the combined programs is highly selective. Matriculated undergraduate students may apply to the combined program and will complete all of the application requirements for the master’s degree program. The admission application process includes a review of all course work completed and a minimum GPA of 3.2, two recommendations (one must be from his/her SUNY Empire State College undergraduate primary mentor), and application essays. Students applying to the combined MA in Teaching (MAT) program will also require an interview with faculty.

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Application form
  2. Official transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts from a non-U.S. institution must be evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Empire State College graduates do not need to request a transcript. One will automatically be placed in their application folder.
  3. Essays: Required essay(s) specific to the degree program. The application review committee weighs the quality of your essays very heavily in their decision about whether you will be admitted to the program. The essays must be original to this application and responsive to the specific questions (they are not intended to be writing samples drawn from previous undergraduate or professional writing assignments). If you use any material from other sources/authors, you must include appropriate academic documentation and citation. Aside from considering the quality of your essays in the decision about your admission to the program, your essays may be used in the process of advisement in your degree program.
  4. Resume: A resume including previous experience, education and other achievements.
  5. Recommendations: Two electronic recommendations from appropriately qualified persons are required. Personal references are not acceptable. The School for Graduate Studies online recommendation form must be used. Current Empire State College undergraduate students applying for a combined bachelor's/master's degree program must submit one recommendation from their primary mentor.
  6. English-language proficiency: Applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit proof of proficiency as determined during the undergraduate admissions process.

Orientation fee: $50 nonrefundable.