Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission into the program students must submit:

  • An application
  • $40 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official copies of the academic transcript from each college and/or university attended, documenting an earned undergraduate degree
  • A statement of objectives
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth
  • A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.

Applicants may be required to complete a phone interview with a committee of faculty teaching in the program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement waived for admission to this program.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts are required from each school you have attended.
  • An official transcript bears the raised seal of an academic institution and is sent directly to The Graduate School by the institution. You may also include your official transcript in a sealed envelope with the institution’s registrar’s signature or seal with your application.
  • If you studied under a maiden name or prior name, your institution must indicate both prior and current names on your transcript.
  • Do not request a transcript from the Montclair State University Registrar if Montclair is listed on your application as a previous or current institution. The Graduate School will obtain your Montclair State University transcript directly.
  • Including your U.S. Social Security number on your transcript or transmittal sheet will expedite processing of your application.

Statement of Objectives

Many of our programs require a written statement or an essay. The statement or essay, in which you present your reasons for your proposed graduate studies, is an important component of the admission decision process, and applications will not be reviewed without it.

Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:

  • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
  • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants, other than Non-Degree applicants, are required to submit letters of recommendation to The Graduate School. Recommendations from professors in your undergraduate major field of study who are familiar with your academic work are ideal.

If you have been out of school for a considerable time period, you should submit letters from employers, supervisors, or other professionals who can comment on your background, experiences, and motivation to succeed. Friends, family members, or fellow students are not appropriate sources for letters of recommendation, and many graduate programs will not review your application if it includes letters from these sources.

Recommendation Form