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How to Apply

Our online application system allows students to manage their application process. Please review the Graduate Admissions Overview and email if you have any questions.



Adhering to your program's admission deadline is crucial to the success of your application. Apply early to ensure timely application review and early decisions. General application deadlines are the following:

Spring (January) Admission    

Fall (August) Admission

November 15

May 15

We close admission for international students residing outside of the U.S. who have already begun their application on Dec. 1 for Spring (January) term, and June 15 for Fall (August) term. Please note that these deadlines are not applicable to international students residing within the U.S. at the time of admission wishing to transfer their I-20 to SUNY New Paltz. No new applications will be able to be created or accepted after November 15.

SUNY New Paltz reserves the right to alter application due dates without notice.

Some programs have earlier deadlines for their applications. Please review the chart below according to your program, if applicable:

Graduate Program


Mental Health Counseling 

February 1

MFA Studio Arts*

January 15

Music Therapy

May 15

Psychological Sciences (Fall)

February 15

Psychological Sciences (Spring)

November 1

School Counseling

February 1

Speech-Language Pathology/Disabilities      

February 1

*Admission will continue until the Fall cohort has been filled. 

The basic requirement for admission to a graduate program 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.

Students must submit translations and credential evaluations of their transcripts by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. There may be exceptions to this requirement by program; contact for more information. 

Note for Indian applicants: SUNY New Paltz 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.

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 different than the general acceptable score, so students should consult their departments.


TOEFL ibt  


  PTE Academic


Computer Science
and Electrical Engineering




110 with no sub score below 105

MA English and
Second Language Education




130 with no sub score below 125 

All other programs




120 with no sub score below 115 

Other ways to demonstrate English language proficiency:

  • A certificate of English Language Proficiency from the Haggerty English Language Program at SUNY New Paltz.
  • Official transcripts indicating a college degree from a U.S. institution. If the degree was earned more than three years prior to the submission of a graduate application, then the student must provide acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DET scores. 

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 have English language instruction and to sit for a placement exam upon arrival at SUNY New Paltz. The exam includes:

  • A test of grammar, reading and listening comprehension.
  • An oral interview
  • A writing sample. 

Based upon your performance on the exam, you will 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.  

We may use your scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DET to pre-place you into the highest level of our Pathway Program. Visit the Pathway Program page for more information, or contact the Haggerty English Language Program at 845-257-3595 but phone or by email.

Graduate Admissions: +1 (845) 257-3200

Application questions: 
I-20/Orientation questions:

Mailing Address:
State University of New York at New Paltz 
Graduate Admissions Office
1 Hawk Drive, HAC 102
New Paltz, NY 12561-2442 USA

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Annual Tuition & Fees: 2023-2024 Academic Year

All Other Programs
Tuition (Course Fees) $25,860 $12,690 $18,380
University Fees $1,640 $1,640 $1,320
Health Insurance+ $2,570 $2,570 $2,570
Billable Total $30,070 $16,900 $22,270
Personal/Living Expenses** $21,060 $21,060 $21,060
I-20 Total $51,130 $37,960 $43,330


  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) tuition estimate is based off of 12 credits per semester, 24 credits per year.
  • Masters of Fine Art (MFA) tuition estimate is based off of 12 credits per semester, 24 credits per year. This tuition total includes the MFA Scholarship applied for admitted students.
  • Tuition estimates for All Other Programs are based off of 9 credits per semester, 18 credits per year.
  • If a student takes more or less classes within 2 semesters, the tuition estimate will change based on the number of total credits.

Students will receive their bill in their account close to orientation or after course registration. Students should check their email from student accounts for the payment deadline.

*Tuition and fees are estimates in USD and all fees are subject to change at any time.
**Personal and living expenses are estimated costs for housing, meals, books/supplies, and other personal expenses for those living in New Paltz, New York.
+Foreign student health insurance fee includes coverage for 12 months. Students will be reimbursed for unused time

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Scholarships & Funding

The following scholarships and funding opportunities are available to International Graduate Students: 

Criteria for the awarding of an assistantship may include, but are not limited to: undergraduate grade-point average, standardized test scores, past experience or training, interest in the field of study, letters of recommendation, or personal interview. More information on how to apply and current open positions can be found on our Teaching Assistant/Graduate Assistant webpage.  

To recognize academic excellence and to prepare future administrators and public accountants, SUNY New Paltz offers a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants. Consideration will also be given to financial need. Submit your MBA Scholarship Application today! 

This fellowship opportunity is designed to recognize academic excellence of incoming students matriculated in our MS in Electrical Engineering program. Students receive a 3-credit tuition waiver in exchange for 10 hours of research assistance per week. It is available to eight students on a competitive basis. Contact Professor Damodaran Radhakrishnan for more information.

In an effort to encourage a diverse population of graduate students, SUNY New Paltz offers a one-year out-of-state tuition waiver to all incoming MFA students who are not residents of New York State. This allows non-resident students to pay regular in-state tuition rates.  This program is available to international students who are not US citizens and enrolled in one of our MFA programs. These students may receive the MFA Scholarship rate for two years without applying for New York State residency. See Tuition & Fees Chart for rate.  Contact Professor Matthew Friday for more information.

This $2000 award given to an entering MFA Art Studio Student with a preference in Printmaking. Recipients of the scholarship will be selected by Graduate Art Program faculty, consisting of the Printmaking area head and the MFA coordinator.  Students will be selected based upon merit as seen through the candidate's MFA application and portfolio. Financial need will guide the selection and preference would be given to a candidate from an under-served community. Contact Professor Matthew Friday for more information.

The RCPA is an internal grant program for matriculated graduate students. The purpose of the program is to support and encourage research and creative projects that enhance the graduate students' professional development as they pursue their master's degree or Certificate of Advanced Study. All matriculated graduate students in good standing (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for this grant. The maximum award is $400 per annum. More information on how to apply and current open positions can be found on the Research Funding webpage

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Newly Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance for admission to the Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz. You have made the decision to advance yourself academically and professionally.

Please visit the International Student Services page for important next-step information, also outlined below. 

As an international student, you are required to submit additional documents in order to receive your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. You will need this document prior to scheduling your F-1 (student) visa interview at your local consulate.

Log into your applicant portal to upload documents your financial documents (information below). Completing this prior to your acceptance will help ensure issuance of your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility is not delayed. You can also upload them after you have been accepted, but your I-20 cannot be issued until the documents have been uploaded and reviewed.

Please only upload the documents to your application portal. You do not need to email these separately. The I-20 can only be issued after you are accepted by your academic program.

Bank Statement Requirements:

  • Bank Statement and/or Bank letter on official bank letterhead must be issued within the last 6 months. The bank statement must show available funds for 1-year of study. If you are unsure of the amount you must document, please contact us at to confirm.
  • Funding can be from personal savings, family, or a sponsor. You may have multiple sources of funding.
  • If the funds are not in your name, please read and complete the International Student Financial Statement and upload it with supporting documentation. If you have multiple sponsors, please have each fill out a separate copy of this form.
  • Make sure to keep a set of original financial documents for when you apply for your F-1 visa. 

If you have questions about the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, F-1 status, or if you intend to attend SUNY New Paltz on a different immigration status, please contact us at

Student visa instructions


Your enrollment process is nearly complete. Your final steps are to:

  • Log into your applicant portal and complete the Decision Reply Form
  • Submit your enrollment deposit of $100, which is applied towards your first term's tuition.
  • Connect with your advisor to build your schedule.
  • Register for classes. Students will receive instructions via email about how and when they will register for classes depending on their academic program.
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