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International Students

Want to apply to Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz? 

The Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz offers more than 50 programs of study in areas such as education, science, business and the arts for students who have the equivalent of a 4-year (college) baccalaureate degree. Before submitting your application, please review the following information regarding our application process for International Students.


Follow these steps: 

1.  Admission Requirements
The basic requirement for admission to The Graduate School is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

In addition, international students must demonstrate their English language proficiency and submit translations/evaluations of their transcripts by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. See below for your intended program or general English launguage proficiency scores.

2.  Check the Admissions Calendar

Adhering to your program’s application deadline is crucial to the success of your application. The Graduate School will not review an incomplete application; therefore, make sure that your application includes

  • Official transcripts
  • Degree certificate/diploma
  • Admission essay
  • Financial documents
  • A copy of your passport
  • Official test scores.

Your application will not be reviewed without these items.



International admissions for students residing outside of the US closes on December 1st for spring admission, and June 15th for fall admission. Please note that these deadlines are not applicable to international students residing within the US at the time of admission.


3.  Review the English Language Proficiency Requirement
Prospective international students for whom English is not the native language, and any applicant whose undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the main language of instruction are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Review the chart below for methods of demonstrating language proficiency. NOTE: Individual departments may require a score higher than the minimum acceptable score, so students should consult their departments.

6 Ways to Demonstrate English Language Proficiency:

English Proficiency may be demonstrated by providing evidence of meeting one of these criteria:

  1. An official score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 85 for MA English applicants, or a 90 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
  2. An official score of 550 on the TOEFL PBT, 563 for MA English applicants, or a 575 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
  3. An official score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a 7.0 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
  4. A passing score on a proficiency test given upon arrival on campus.
  5. A certificate of English Language Proficiency from the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz.
  6. Official transcripts indicating a college degree from a US institution.

Conditional Admission for applicants with limited English Proficiency

In the event that you are offered admission having only demonstrated a marginal level of English Language Proficiency, you will be required to sit for a placement exam upon arrival at SUNY New Paltz. The exam may include:

  1. A test of grammar, reading and listening comprehension.
  2. An oral interview, and possibly
  3. A writing sample.

Based upon your performance on the exam, you may be required to register for additional English language instruction. All students must demonstrate the required level of English proficiency before being allowed to begin graduate coursework.

If you need additional information, please contact the Haggerty English Language Program at 845-257-3595.

The Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz offers two different methods of application for its many programs:

an online application or a paper application.

Please review our Steps for Applying to guide you through either application process.


Additional Information
The Graduate School sends official notification regarding offers of graduate admission. Any communications concerning admission that are not generated from The Graduate School are unofficial. An I-20 will not be generated without the express approval of the Graduate Dean.

Federal regulations restrict The Graduate School from sharing any information regarding a student’s records with any third party, including parents, guardians or a spouse. If you would like to enable us to speak with an individual regarding your application or student record, please include the Waiver for the Release of Information with your graduate application packet.