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Prospective International Students

Want to apply to graduate school at SUNY New Paltz?  

The Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz offers more than 50 graduate degree programs in areas such as education, science, business, and the arts for students who have the equivalent of a four-year (college) baccalaureate degree. 

Please review our International Graduate School Brochure for more information.
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Before submitting your application, please review the following information regarding our application process for international students.


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. They may be asked to submit translations/evaluations of their transcripts by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. See the chart below for your intended program or general English language proficiency scores.

The Graduate School will consider a three-year bachelor's degree from India as equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree if:

The three-year degree was earned in Division or Class I at universities accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a grade of A.

All other three-year degrees from India will be considered as the equivalent of three years of undergraduate study.

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 (in sealed envelopes)
      • Degree certificate/diploma
      • Admission essay
      • Financial documents
      • A copy of your passport
      • Letters of recommendation (in sealed envelopes)
      • Signature Page from the online application or a completed paper application.

In addition, the Graduate School must receive official score reports directly from the agency that administered the exam(s). We do not accept faxed or scanned score reports.

Your application will NOT be reviewed without these items.


International admissions for students residing outside of the U.S. closes on Dec. 1 for spring (January) admission, and June 15 for fall (August) admission. Please note that these deadlines are not applicable to international students residing within the U.S. at the time of admission.

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.

Six 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 90 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minimum of 74 on the iBT.

  2. An official score of 6.5* on the IELTS, or a 7.0 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minium of 6.0 on the IELTS.

  3. An official score of 53* on the PTE Academic, 57 for MA English applicants, or a 61 for Second Language Education (TESOL) applicants.
    *Computer Science and Engineering applicants must provide a minimum of 50 on the PTE.
  4. A passing score on a proficiency test given upon arrival on campus. (Only available to students who have been offered Conditional Admission.)

  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 U.S. 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.

Online: the online application system allows students constant access to their application. 
Applications will be accepted according to the following schedule:

    • Fall (August) Admission: Nov. 16 - May 15
    • Spring (January) Admission: Aug. 1 - Nov. 15                  
  • Paper: paper applications must be submitted if the applicant prefers to pay the application fee by check or money order or applies after we close the online application system (see online application calendar above).

  • Online: After completing the online portion of the application process, applicants must mail their supplemental items (e.g., transcripts, provisional/degree certs, letters of rec etc.) in ONE COMPLETE PACKET to SUNY New Paltz, The Graduate School, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561-2443

  • Paper: students must collect all of the materials required by the program to which they are applying, and mail them to The Graduate School (address above) in ONE COMPLETE PACKET


Check the Status of Your Application:

  1. Log into http://my.newpaltz.edu 
  2. Enter your New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID) in the "Username" field.  If you do not know your NPCUID, you may look it up using your personal e-mail address.
  3. Enter your NPCUID password in the "Password" field.  If you have forgotten your password, please select the "Forgot User Name/Password" link or contact helpdesk@newpaltz.edu
  4. Press the "LOGIN" button.
  5. After you have logged in, click on the term that you applied for admission.
  6. Finally, scroll down to view your Checklist items and application status.

Please note that The Graduate School updates checklist items daily.

If you are having problems logging in due to user User ID and password, please contact the Student Help Desk at (845)257-3597, via email at helpdesk@newpaltz.edu, or in person in Humanities 103

MFA applicants will be able to upload their portfolios once they log into check the status of their application.  


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.