Application Requirements and Deadlines

Unless otherwise noted below, please submit your materials to:

Montclair State University
The Graduate School
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Choose your program of interest:

Application Deadlines

  • Most Montclair State graduate programs do not have specific deadlines. However, we recommend that you submit your application and supporting credentials as early as possible.
  • Registration begins several months before the start of a term, so late applicants are less likely to get the courses they need.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for us to review your completed application and supporting documents.
  • You will receive a letter from The Graduate School informing you of your admission decision. We do not release decisions over the phone. 
  • If you are applying to a degree-granting program and are interested in being considered for an assistantship, you must indicate your interest within your application, and visit the Graduate Assistantships website for information on deadlines for priority consideration.

Programs with Specific Deadlines

Your application form and all supporting credentials, including any required official test scores, must be submitted to The Graduate School by the program deadline date listed below:


Advanced Counseling (Post-Master's Certificate)

August 1 (Fall admission)
December 1 (Spring admission)

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Certificate)

August 1 (Fall admission)
December 1 (Spring admission)

Communication Sciences & Disorders, 
Speech Language Pathology concentration (MA)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Counseling (MA)

Applying for G.A. Positions: Can apply at any time but priority will be given to completed applications received by March 15th for Fall and October 30th for Spring

Final Date to Complete Applications for Fall is August 1st*
Final Date to Complete Applications for Spring is December 1st*

All required materials must be received by these deadlines.

*Any applications received after final deadlines or with missing information will be considered for the next semester.

Dance (M.F.A.)

Priority Deadline: December 1, 2017
Final Deadline: February 15, 2018

Data Collection and Management (Certificate)

Priority Deadline: April 1 (Fall 2015 admission)
Applications received after April 1 will receive an admission decision on a rolling basis

Public Health,
Community Health Education Concentration (MPH)

March 15
(Fall admission only)

School Counselor (Certificate)

August 1 (Fall admission)
December 1 (Spring admission)

Social Work,
Children, Youth and Families Concentration (MSW)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Substance Awareness Coordinator (Certificate)

August 1 (Fall admission)
December 1 (Spring admission)

Teaching - Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (MAT), Early Childhood Special Education Cohort 3

February 6, 2017

Teaching - Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (MAT), Secondary Math & Science Cohort 1

March 15, 2017

Teacher of Students with Disabilities/P-3-Cumberland County College (Certificate)

October 15 (Spring Admission)



Audiology (Au.D.)

February 15
(Fall admission only)

Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

December 15
(Fall admission only)

Communication Sciences & Disorders (Ph.D.)

February 15 (for Fall admission)
October 15 (for Spring admission)

Counseling (Ph.D.)

November 15 (priority deadline); February 1 (traditional deadline)
(Fall admission only)

Environmental Management (Ph.D.)

January 15 (for Fall admission)
October 15 (for Spring admission)

Family Studies(Ph.D.)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Mathematics Education (Ph.D.)

July 1 (for Fall 2017 admission)
November 15 (for Spring Admission)

Those wishing to be considered for the Westerdahl Fellowship should indicate their interest in an assistantship on their application (for Fall admission only)

Teacher Education and Teacher Development (Ph.D.)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

International Application Deadlines

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts are required from each school you have attended.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to request and arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to The Graduate School.
  • An official transcript bears the institution's raised insignia and is individually sealed by their respective Registrar/Records Office. The transcript must arrive unopened in its original envelope. It is highly recommended that the transcript be sent directly from the institution to The Graduate School. If the envelope is opened prior to arriving at the University, it is no longer considered official.
  • 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.
  • The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a US Bachelor's degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees need not submit transcripts. Instead, they must submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of their coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( or by Educated Chocies ( Please note: Applicants who have an international education may not apply as a last-term senior.

Standardized Test Scores

Test Institutional Code for Score Reporting
Miller Analogy Test (MAT) 1400
GMAT: Part time MBA 1T2-NK-80
GMAT: Full time MBA 1T2-NK-86

*Please see details below on our TOEFL/IELTS waiver policy. Important: If you are applying to a fully-online program, you must a submit a TOEFL score of atleast 87 on the Internet-based test or 230 on the Computer-based test. For IELTS test takers, the minimum required score is 6.5. Please note that applicants to fully-online programs are NOT eligible for English-language standardized test waivers. 

  • In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, applicants may submit one of the following:
    • Official documentation of successful completion of Level 112 from any ELS Language Center worldwide
    • Official documentation stating that they have graduated from a foreign university where English is the language of instruction
    • Official documentation showing that they have completed a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university

Test Waivers

Note: To see the waivers available for your program of study, please select it from the drop down at the top of the page.


  • A standardized test is required for admission to most Montclair State Master’s Degree programs. There are circumstances in which the standardized test may be waived.
  • Please note that Montclair’s GRE waiver policy applies only to Master’s Degree applicants. We will not waive the GRE for doctoral degree applicants.
  • To request a waiver, you must first apply to a graduate program and select the corresponding waiver request option within the online application. If you did not request the waiver before submitting the online application, you may complete and submit the Standardized Test Waiver Form.


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. The criterion for each essay or statement differs with each program. For a full description of the essay topics, please find your program below:

Doctoral Essays/Statements

General Statement of Purpose

General Statement of Research/Inquiry

Doctoral Essay/Statement Requirements by Program

Audiology - Clinical Track/Post Masters Track - AuD

Clinical Psychology

Communication Sciences and Disorders


Environmental Management

Family Studies

Mathematics Education

Teacher Education and Teacher Development

Master's and Certificates' Essays/Statements

General Statement of Objectives (Most Other Programs)

Master's and Certificates' Essays/Statements by Program

Advanced Counseling Certificates

Arts and Health

Athletic Training

Business Administration (MBA)

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor



Developmental Models of Autism Intervention


Family and Child Studies

Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program (MAT)

Portrait of a Teacher

Public Health

Public and Organizational Relations

Social Work

Studio Art

Sustainability Science - Applied Sustainability (Professional Science Masters)

Teacher of Students with Disabilities/P-3-Cumberland County College

Click here for the following programs:

      Biology - Biology Science Education
      Educational Leadership (excluding Higher Education Leadership concentration)
      Exercise Science and Physical Education
      Mathematics - Mathematics Education
      Music - Music Education
      Reading Specialist
      Special Education
      Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate
      Supervisor Advanced Certification

Letters of Recommendation

  • Applicants to most degree programs are required to submit letters of recommendation to The Graduate School. Choose your desired program from the list of programs at the top of this page to see the specific requirements for that program.
  • 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 period of time, 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.

Application Fee

  • There is a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
    • When applying, you will receive an option to pay this fee online with your Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card.
    • You may send a check or money order made payable to Montclair State University to:

      Montclair State University
      The Graduate School
      1 Normal Avenue
      Montclair, NJ 07043

Non-Degree Programs

If you are interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate coursework as a professional non-degree, general non-degree, or pre-admit student, please visit our Non-Degree and Visiting Students page.