Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for a degree, certification/certificate or non-degree program, you must complete a Graduate Application and include all the required credentials. To apply online click here. You can also request graduate admissions information by contacting The Graduate School at (973) 655-5147, (800) 331-9207; or by fax at (973) 655-7869.

Submit your completed application to The Graduate School and request that all the other credentials be submitted to The Graduate School, i.e., Official Transcripts, Official GRE/GMAT score, letters of recommendation, etc. All of the credentials do not have to arrive at the same time. All credentials are kept on file for a maximum of one year and are automatically matched to an application. Click here to see what admission credentials are required for your particular program.

Once an application is complete, it is forwarded to the appropriate department for admission review. Students are notified of all admission decisions via letter from The Graduate School.

Special information for international students may be viewed by clicking here.


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What are the application deadlines?

Completed applications begin the review process soon after they are received. The majority of Montclair State's graduate programs DO NOT have specific deadlines (those that do are listed below.) For those programs without a specific deadline, The Graduate School recommends that applicants submit their credentials as early as possible. Registration begins several months before the term, thus, as the new semester approaches some courses fill up and close. Late applicants are less likely to get the courses they need if they do not apply as early as possible.

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Can I enroll on a part-time basis?

Most graduate and post-baccalaureate students attend Montclair State University on a part-time basis. To accommodate these students, academic departments have scheduled most graduate courses in late afternoons and evenings. Most graduate courses meet once a week in the fall and spring semesters. Summer sessions may include day and evening classes which meet more than once per week.


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Can I take courses as a non-degree student before being accepted into a program?

It may be possible, please visit our Non-degree and Visiting Students section for more information.


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What if I just want to take classes for personal/professional development purposes?

Students may apply to the Graduate School as professional non-degree students. Students admitted as professional non-degree may take as many credits as they like as long as they have the prerequisites required and the courses are not limited to degree program students, some programs are not eligible.

Please keep in mind that this professional non-degree category is designed for students who want to take courses for personal/professional development and who WILL NOT be applying for a graduate degree at Montclair State University. If you decide to pursue a graduate program, please keep in mind that a maximum of six credits (if applicable to the program) may be transferred into a graduate degree program with the Program Coordinator's approval.


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How long can I take to complete my degree?

Students in master's degree programs (except MBA and MFA) have six years to complete their degree program. Students in the MBA program have eight years and students in the MFA must study full-time and have two years to complete their degree. If students need an extension, they must request this in writing to the Dean of The Graduate School. Under certain circumstances, a one-time extension of one year may be granted.

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How can I receive more information about graduate entrance exams?

Click here to see which test(s) are required for the program you are considering.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000 USA
(800) GRE-CALL or (609) 771-7670
www.gre.org
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6103
Princeton, NJ 08541-6103 USA
(800) GMAT-NOW or (609) 771-7330
www.gmat.org
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Harcourt Assessment, Inc.
19500 Bulverde Road,
San Antonio, TX 78259
(800) 622-3231 or (210) 339-5000
www.milleranalogies.com
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6155 USA
(800) 468-6335 or (609) 771-7100
www.toefl.org
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) www.ielts.org


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What is the most important part of the application?

There is not one single most important part of the application. When reviewing an application, admission decisions are made based on all the materials submitted, i.e. educational background and grades, work experience (if any), GMAT/GRE/MAT scores, letters of recommendation, and the statement of objectives.


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What are the minimum GRE/GMAT/MAT scores required for admission?

There are no minimum scores set by The Graduate School. As mentioned above, we review the entire application file. For example, higher GRE/GMAT/MAT scores may compensate for a lower GPA, and vice versa.

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Will my application be considered if I haven't taken my GRE/GMAT/MAT/TOEFL/IELTS yet?

Not if the exam is a requirement for the program you are pursuing. The Graduate School does not review incomplete applications. All credentials must be on file before an application is reviewed. The TOEFL or IELTS is required for ALL students, regardless of program, who studied in a foreign institution where English is not the official language of the host country.

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Do I need to submit GRE, GMAT or MAT scores if I already have a master's degree?

The general test of the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be waived if the masters program applicant has already earned a master's degree (or higher) from an accredited United States college or university. It may also be waived for applicants who submit a COURSE-BY-COURSE evaluation of their foreign coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) indicating that a master’s degree from an international institution is the equivalent of a U.S. master's degree. Please note that this waiver applies only to master’s degree applications--the GRE requirement will not be waived for doctoral degree applications. To request a waiver, please use the Standardized Test Waiver Form.

The GMAT can be waived for applicants with terminal degrees (Ph.D., M.D., J.D.) or Master of Science degrees in quantitative or technically oriented areas such as mathematics, engineering, computer science, etc. from U.S. colleges or universities. The Graduate School will consider a waiver after receiving official transcripts indicating that the required degree has been received. To request a waiver, please use the Standardized Test Waiver Form.

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When and how do I know if I have been accepted into Montclair State University?

If you applied for a program that accepts students on a rolling-admission basis (i.e. no application deadline), you will receive notification about your admission decision via letter directly from the Graduate School approximately four to six weeks after your application file is complete. If you applied for a program with an application deadline, the Graduate School will notify you via letter approximately four to six weeks after the deadline. Admission decisions are not given out over the phone.

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What is the cost to attend Montclair State University?

Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.


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Does MSU offer financial assistance?

Visit our Financial Information Section for more information.

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If I studied in an institution outside of the United States, what educational background is needed to be eligible to apply to graduate studies at Montclair State University?

Applicants who received their degrees outside of the United States and have foreign transcripts must receive a COURSE-BY-COURSE transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. Within the United States, no government agency monitors the establishment of foreign credential evaluation services. NACES was founded in 1987 by credential evaluation services dedicated to promoting excellence and committed to setting the standards for the profession.

Please contact a NACES member to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials". Requests for evaluation are usually honored within twenty working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to The Graduate School at Montclair State University. You must provide the NACES member you selected with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations. Students do not need to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. An official evaluation sent to Montclair State University from the NACES member you selected is the only requirement.

To obtain a list of NACES members, please visit:
http://www.naces.org/members.htm


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If my foreign transcripts are already translated in English, do I still need to have them evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services? What is the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)?

Yes. ALL foreign transcripts must receive a COURSE-BY-COURSE evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). NACES is an association of private foreign educational credential evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. Within the United States, no government agency monitors the establishment of foreign credential evaluation services. NACES was founded in 1987 by credential evaluation services dedicated to promoting excellence and committed to setting the standards for the profession.

Please contact a NACES member to receive an "Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials". Requests for evaluation are usually honored within twenty working days of receipt of all required materials and fees. You must include instructions on the application to send a copy of the evaluation to The Graduate School at Montclair State University. You must provide the NACES member you selected with copies of transcripts from all previous educational institutions and certified English translations. Students do not need to submit official transcripts to the Graduate School. An official evaluation sent to Montclair State University from the NACES member you selected is the only requirement.

To obtain a list of NACES members, please visit:
http://www.naces.org/members.htm


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How long will you keep my application materials on file?

We will keep your application materials on file for one year if you do not complete the application, if you are not admitted, or if you do not enroll in classes. Space restrictions require us to purge all inactive materials after one year. If you choose to reapply after your application has been purged, you will need to resubmit all required materials.

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Who should write my letter of recommendation?

All applicants, except Non-Degree, are required to submit letters of recommendation. They should be written by someone familiar with your previous academic work. Recommendations from professors in your undergraduate major field of study are ideal. However, if you have been out of school for a considerable time you should seek someone who can comment on your background, experiences, capacity to succeed and motivation. Employers, supervisors or other professionals are appropriate choices, while friends, family or fellow students are not. Many graduate programs will not review admission applications with references from the latter.

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What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions which are not addressed above, you may contact The Graduate School.

The Graduate School
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Telephone: (973) 655-5147 or (800) 331-9207
Fax: (973) 655-7869
Email: gradschool@mail.montclair.edu
Website: www.montclair.edu/graduate


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