Start here to learn about our graduate admissions requirements and admissions process.
Applying for graduate school can seem like a daunting task. Where do you start? What can you expect? How does the process work? Each program is different, but we’ve put together a page to help you understand the basics of applying for a program at Southern Connecticut State University.
How to Apply
All applicants for graduate study are required to submit their applications online. A $50 application fee must be submitted before your application will be considered complete.
Create an Account
Access the online application and follow prompts to create a username and password. If you already receive information from Southern Connecticut State University you already have an account to retrieve your information, use the “forgot your User Name or Password?” link.
Complete and Submit Your Application
Complete each section of the application thoroughly. Click the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of each page to save your progress. Required questions are marked with an asterisk. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials and documentation for the application file are complete.
Applicants may view the status of their applications through the Graduate Admissions Portal. You will see a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted successfully.
You may request an appointment with the Graduate Program Coordinator of the graduate program to which you have applied after you have been notified that your application file is complete.
Changing your Application Program
Applicants who wish to change the program of application, must resubmit another graduate application and pay the additional application fee. Applicants who wish to change a concentration/track/option within the same degree program should email firstname.lastname@example.org with this request.
Additional Information for International Students
The graduate admission process is a collaborative effort between the Office of Graduate Admissions (which processes the online application) and the Office of International Education (which processes the International Student Enrollment Form and assists with immigration procedures).
International students are subject to all requirements for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and all program requirements. In addition, to be considered for admission, each international applicant must submit a completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form and meet the following requirements:
- Hold the foreign equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an undergraduate grade point average of at least "B." (On various grading scales this would be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 14 on a 20 point scale, 80.0 from Chinese institutions, 1st Class or Division from Indian institutions, and upper 2nd Class Honors from British systems. Other grading systems will be evaluated on receipt of transcripts and certified evaluation of those transcripts.)
- Present certified copies and certified English translations of all academic achievements in each college or university attended. A diploma is not sufficient. The complete record of courses and marks earned and/or record of subjects and examination results must be received. Documents presented by applicants must detail the award of either a bachelor 's degree or equivalent or a graduate degree.
- Provide a certified evaluation of foreign transcripts and credentials (course by course with grades) from World Education Services; Josef Silny & Associates Evaluators, Inc.; Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.; or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. Applicants may utilize other agencies, provided they are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), in doing so the applicant assumes all risk of using an agency other than World Education Services; Josef Silny & Associates Evaluators, Inc.; Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.; and Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. Applicants are responsible for payment of fees charged by these agencies.
- For applicants whose native language is not English, one of the following is required: a score of at least 550 written/213 computer/79 or above on Internet based exam on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); successful completion of ELS 112—English for Academic Purposes; an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher; Duolingo score of 105 or higher; or Pearson Language Test with a score of 53 or higher, or an earned (Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctoral) degree from within the United States. Each student should request that his or her score be sent directly to the Southern's School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Code 3662). TOEFL scores are valid only for two years from expected date of acceptance.
Specific Graduate Admissions inquiries can be emailed to gradadmissions@SouthernCT.edu.
Specific immigration- and visa-related inquiries can be emailed to:
Assistant Director of the Office of International Education
When you fill out your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for those providing recommendations. An automated email will be sent to them providing them with a link to use to upload your recommendation(s). No letters of recommendation are to be mailed/emailed in to us, they will not be accepted in hard copy. You may change/remind your recommenders through the Graduate Admissions Portal.
Graduate students are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended. To be considered official, we must receive the transcript directly from the institution (excluding International transcripts) either by mail or through electronic delivery. SCSU requires official transcripts of all previous academic work from every college or university attended from which overall undergraduate and graduate grade point averages can be calculated. The cumulative grade point average for all undergraduate courses at each institution will be used in the calculation of the undergraduate grade point average. The same process of considering grades of all graduate courses is used to calculate the overall graduate grade point average.
Applicants applying to Southern’s graduate programs, who participated in a Southern supported study-abroad program while enrolled as an undergraduate, may have their international credit evaluated by the Office of International Education, in lieu of having a transcript evaluation performed by a NACES member evaluation agency.
Mail hardcopy official transcripts to:
Southern CT. State University
School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Attn: Graduate Admissions
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
eTranscripts should be sent from the Institution to GradDocs@southernct.edu
All other application materials must be uploaded directly through the Graduate Admission Portal.
Some programs require additional application documents such as writing samples, additional letters of recommendation, resumes, or graduate entrance exam scores. These documents may be uploaded directly through the Portal once your application has been submitted. Please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions for information related to these other documents.
Resident aliens must provide a copy of their alien registration cards to the Office of Graduate Admissions or upload a copy (both sides) through the Graduate Admissions Portal.
Applicants are urged to submit the completed application and credentials well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. Applying and completing your file by the deadlines will give you priority consideration for admission, and for some programs incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. Although the Office of Graduate Admissions has a rolling admissions process for the fall and spring terms, many departments have established application deadlines for their programs. Those who are applying for programs that include teacher certification should allow a minimum of six months from receipt of application to admission.
Although many graduate programs send departmental letters of acceptance to applicants, no student is officially accepted by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, until he or she receives a letter of acceptance from the Associate Dean of Graduate Enrollment Management. All admitted students must accept their admission to the university. Students who are admitted and who do not register for courses for the term for which they are admitted, are automatically withdrawn and will need to reapply.