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Directions for Online Application Submission

Select an application type for your online admission process:

  • Graduate Studies: Select this application if you are a US citizen or a Permanent Resident with a green card.
  • International Graduate Studies: Select this application if you are not a US citizen or wish to apply for a visa through SUNY New Paltz
  1. Login to the online application and click “First time user account creation” to create your own Login ID and PIN.

  2. Submit your chosen Login ID and PIN and click the Login button.  Your Login ID can be up to nine alphanumeric characters and your PIN  must be six numbers.

  3. Using the information from step one, choose the appropriate application type: Graduate Studies or International Graduate Studies.

  4. Select the term that you would like to be considered for admission and insert your name.

  5. Click the “Fill Out Application” button to begin entering your application information.

  6. In order to complete your application, you must click the “Application is Complete” button and submit your application fee payment information.  Online application fees must be paid at the time of application with a VISA or MasterCard.  Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable. It may take a moment to process, so please do not press the back button.  You will receive  confirmation of your payment via e-mail. 

    NOTE: Online applications are accepted between December 1-May 15 for Fall/Summer admission and August 1-November 15 for Spring admission.  Any application that has not been finalized with payment by May 15 or Nov 15 will be removed from the system.

  7. Download the required forms to complete your online application process and read the steps below for assembling your packet:


Supplemental Item Packet Submission
Assemble and submit in ONE COMPLETE PACKET the following items:

  1. Official College Transcripts:

    Request one set of transcripts from all-post-secondary institutions including transfer colleges and any school where college credit was earned during High School.  If you are in the process of completing a degree, please send an official transcript that shows your current progress.  You will need to submit a final official transcript once your degree has been conferred.  When requesting transcripts, have them sent to your own address.  If the college or university’s policy does not permit official transcripts being sent to a student address, then use the Graduate School’s mailing address. However, clearly note in your application packet which transcript is being sent directly to the Graduate School. Otherwise your application will be coded as incomplete.

    INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: You must provide a translation and/or an evaluation of your transcript.  We accept translations/evaluations by member organizations of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org).

  2. Letters of Recommendation:

    Collect three letters of recommendation from former professors, employers, and/or colleagues who are in a position to comment on your potential for graduate study.  Letters from former professors who taught you in an advanced course would be ideal. Using the letter of recommendation form provided in the supplemental item packet, fill out the top portion and submit the form to your recommender. Ask each recommender to seal his/her letter in a self-addressed envelope that you provide, to sign it across the seal and to return it directly to you.

  3. Graduate Admissions Essay:

    Compose a Graduate Admissions Essay that clearly addresses the following:

    • How have your previous experiences contributed to your decision to enter the program?

    • How will graduate study assist you in achieving your future career and educational aspirations?

    • What are your professional goals?

    Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and between 400-500 words.  Since your essay provides us with a sample of your writing, it should reflect exemplary organization, writing style, and mechanics.  Certain programs have specific guidelines for the admission essay; therefore, refer to your intended program of study's description in the graduate catalog or the departmental website and focus your essay to meeting your program's requirements.

  4. Additional Admissions Criteria:

    Some programs require satisfactory scores on standardized tests, verification of a teaching certificate, portfolio or audition as part of the application process. For further information see Admission Requirements.

    English Language Proficiency:

    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 this chart 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. 


To Check the Status of an Application:

Once the Graduate School receives your packet of supplemental items, you will be notified of your student ID and PIN.  To check the status of your application, login using your new student ID and PIN, then select “Processed Applications” from the Application Menu and click on the link for the term that you applied for admission (e.g., Spring 2018).