Application Requirements and Deadlines

Unless otherwise noted below, please submit your materials to:

Montclair State University
The Graduate School
College Hall Room 203
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. 

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 (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

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Data Collection and Management

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

Program Evaluation (Certificate)

August 1
(Fall admission only)

Public Health,
Community Health Education Concentration (MPH)

March 13
(Fall admission only)

School Counselor (Certificate)

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

Substance Awareness Coordinator (Certificate)

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

Teaching - Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program (MAT)

March 13 (Fall admission)



Audiology (Au.D.)

February 15
(Fall admission only)

Counselor Education (PhD)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Environmental Management (PhD)

April 30 (for Fall admission)

October 15 (for Spring admission)

Family Studies (PhD)

February 1
(Fall admission only)

Mathematics Education (Ed.D.)

April 15 (for Fall admission)
November 15 (for Spring Admission)

Those wishing to be considered for assistantships should apply by February 15 for the following year (for Fall admission only)

Teacher Education and Teacher Development (PhD)

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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees need not submit transcripts. Instead, they must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( ). 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

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. Once you have submitted your 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

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Counselor Education

Environmental Management

Family Studies

Mathematics Education

Pedagogy and Philosophy

Teacher Education and Teacher Development

Master's and Certificates' Essays/Statements

Advanced Counseling and School Counseling Certificates

Business Administration (MBA)

Developmental Models of Autism Intervention Essay

Family and Child Studies

Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program (MAT)

Public Health

Public and Organizational Relations

Studio Art

Sustainability Science - Applied Sustainability (Professional Science Masters)

Click here for the following programs:

      Biology - Biology Science Education
      Early Childhood and Elementary Education
      Educational Leadership
      Exercise Science and Physical Education
      Inclusive Early Childhood Education
      Learning Disabilities
      Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant
      Mathematics - Mathematics Education
      Music - Music Education
      New Literacies, Digital Technologies and Learning
      Reading Specialist
      School Business Administrator
      Special Education
      Substance Awareness Coordinator Certificate
      Supervisor Advanced Certification
      Teacher Leadership

General Statement of Objectives (Most Other Programs)

Portrait of a Teacher Essay

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 online, you will receive a follow-up email giving you the option of paying this fee with your MasterCard or Discover Card.
    • You may send a check or money order made payable to Montclair State University to:

      The Graduate School, Admissions
      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.