Graduate Admissions Procedures
The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School:
- Degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States. If you are pursuing a Master's degree, a Bachelor's degree is required. For a Sixth Year Certificate, a Master's degree is required. Degrees from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an accredited evaluating agency.
- Appropriate academic background in or for the program in which graduate study will be done. For a Master's degree, an undergraduate cumulative average of at least 3.0 on a scale of A = 4. Initial teacher certification programs require a minimum of 2.7. For a Sixth Year Certificate, a graduate cumulative average of at least 3.0 on a scale of A = 4 is required.
- Recommendation of the graduate program coordinator. Specific graduate programs may have higher admission standards and/or require scores on standardized examinations such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) as well as letters of recommendation. Read the program section of the graduate catalog to determine additional graduate program admission requirements.
The entire process begins with an application form. You may apply via our online application, or we will send you the application form and any other information you request. You can also call the Graduate Office at (203) 392 - 5240 or visit us in Engleman Hall B110. We will be happy to answer any questions.
How to Apply
- Complete the application and enclose a $50 check made payable to SCSU. Mail to: Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1355.
- Write to all the colleges and universities you've attended asking them to send an official transcript to the above address.
- Send other documentation required by the graduate program directly to the School of Graduate Studies. When your application and transcripts are received in the Graduate Office, a copy will be forwarded to the coordinator of the graduate program that you checked on the application form. You will receive a copy of the letter of transmittal. This is done to keep you informed of the status of your application.
Although the Graduate School has a rolling admission process for the spring and fall
terms, a number of departments have established application deadlines. Please refer
to the graduate catalog or call the academic department to which you are applying
for information on deadlines.
After all materials have been received and evaluated according to the procedure established by the graduate program, you must meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator to develop your planned program of study. (This process varies in some departments.) Check with your Graduate Program Coordinator to determine how planned programs are developed.
The Graduate Office keeps application and transcripts on file for one year. If no planned program is received within a year, a letter is sent to the Graduate Program Coordinator, with a copy to the applicant, asking why no planned program has been received. It there is no response to this letter, the file is withdrawn.
Your planned program will be forwarded to the Graduate Office, where all your records will be reviewed to be sure that all requirements have been met. If all is in order, you will receive a letter of acceptance to the Graduate School and a copy of your signed planned program.
NOTE: No student is officially accepted into the Graduate School until he or she receives a letter of acceptance and a signed planned program of study from the Dean or Assistant Dean of the Graduate School.
Admission to Southern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, ages, sex, religion, disability, or sexual orientation in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities.
SCSU participates in a regional cooperative program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE). Students who qualify for this program pay theConnecticutin-state tuition plus a 50 percent tuition surcharge and enjoyConnecticutresident admission privileges. Detailed information about the program can be obtained through the New England Board of Higher Education, 45 Temple Place ,Boston,MA02111. SCSU students must submit a new application to the Records Office each semester in order to maintain eligibility for this program.