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Admissions: Second Degree


A second degree applicant is a student who has already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university. All second degree students must apply using the general SUNY application.

Second Degree Information

  • The intended major of the second degree must require at least 15 credits that were not contained in the major of the first degree.
  • Second Degree candidates receive a maximum of 90 credits in transfer; the number of liberal arts and upper division credits will be based on the courses taken in the first degree.  The College Progress Report will reflect the credits accepted as well as any requirements that remain unmet.
  • Second Degree candidates are considered to have met the General Education Program and the Writing Intensive requirement.
  • Second Degree candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits in residence at SUNY New Paltz.

Second Degree Application Requirements

The following information is required to complete the application process:

- Official transcripts from all colleges attended

- Official high school or GED transcript*

- Written statement or resume detailing, if applicable, why your education was interrupted and what you have been doing since leaving college.

- Official AP, IB or CLEP test score reports/transcripts, if applicable

*Needed to establish NYS residency for tuition purposes.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required for admission as a second degree student. The majors outlined below carry additional admission major requirements:

  • Art – A successful portfolio review*
  • Visual Arts Education – A minimum of a 3.0 and a successful portfolio review*
  • Music – A successful music audition/interview*
  • Theatre Arts – A successful theatre audition/interview (enrollment limited to fall semester only)*
  • Adolescence (Secondary) Education – A “B” or better in English Composition I and II
  • Early Childhood/Childhood (Elementary) Education - A "B" or better in English Composition I and II
  • Business (all programs) - with 45+ credits must have completed English Composition I & II, Microeconomics or Macroeconomics with a "C" or better, and have a Math Placement Level (MPL) of 3 or higher. (Effective fall 2014)
  • Communication Disorders – A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Psychology – A minimum of a “C” or better in General Psychology and completion of a SUNY General Education mathematics course (Effective fall 2014)
  • Mathematics- Completed Calculus I and be enrolled in Calculus II
  • Biology - Must have completed General Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, and Pre-Calculus

*Contact the specific department for portfolio submission, audition, and interview information.

Send transcripts and all other materials to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
SUNY New Paltz
100 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561-2499