Application Checklist

Master's Degree Programs | Advanced Certificates

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). A paper copy of the application(s) may be requested from the School for Graduate Studies. Once all applications materials are received by the admissions office, the completed application will be sent to the School for Graduate Studies for 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.
  4. Resume: A resume including previous experience, education and other achievements.
  5. Recommendations: Two letters of recommendation from appropriately qualified persons are required. Personal references are not acceptable. The School for Graduate Studies recommendation form must be used. Letters of recommendation may be attached to the form. Recommendations must be received in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature across the seal.
  6. 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), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT), 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.
  7. Orientation fee: $50 non-refundable.

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), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT), 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 non-refundable.