Frequently Asked Questions

‌The following are frequently asked questions about the Montclair State University online master's degrees.

  1. What are the qualifications for admission to the MA program at Montclair State University?
  2. Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT or other standardized tests?
  3. Is the online Master’s program accredited? Why is accreditation important?
  4. When can students start the program?
  5. How long will the program take to complete?
  6. What will my diploma read upon completion of the program?
  7. Can I take part in the graduation ceremony on campus if I earn my degree online?
  8. How much does the program cost?
  9. Does Montclair State University offer financial aid?
  10. Will I be able to complete all of my required coursework online?
  11. How will I take the online courses?
  12. Are students required to be online at a specific time?
  13. Can I take some classes online and some on campus?
  14. I have taken some graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
  15. How many credits and courses do I take each term?
  16. How much time is required on a weekly basis for the program?
  17. How do I purchase textbooks?
  18. How do I register for online classes?
  19. How do I apply?
  20. Is there an application fee?
  21. Whom do I speak with if I have additional questions?
  1. What are the qualifications for admission to the MA program at Montclair State University?
    All candidates must meet application and admission requirements as defined by The Graduate School.
  1. Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT or other standardized tests?
    The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement is waived for admission to the MA in Child Advocacy and Policy.

    Applicants for the MA in Educational Leadership may waive the GRE test requirement if they have an earned master’s degree or higher from an accredited United States college or university OR have earned a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 (applicants are encouraged to include at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member).
  1. Is the online Master’s program accredited? Why is accreditation important?
    Montclair State University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation ensures programs meet nationally endorsed standards, provides a formal process for ongoing assessment, and strengthens and sustains the quality and integrity of the institution.

    In addition, Montclair State University’s programs to prepare teachers and other school professionals, including educational leaders, are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and we have been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954.

    For more information, please visit the University's Accreditations and Memberships page.
  1. When can students start the program?
    Applications for the MA program are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with two (2) starts per year, fall and spring.
  1. How long will the program take to complete?
    As long as you follow the plan of study and remain continuously enrolled each term, including Summer, you can earn your master’s degree in as little as two years.

    Prior Child Advocacy Certificate Students
    Students who have earned the graduate certificate in Child Advocacy can earn their master’s degree in as few as 3 semesters provided they follow the plan of study and remain continuously enrolled.
  1. What will my diploma read upon completion of the program?
    The online programs at Montclair State University are taught by the same qualified faculty who teach on campus. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded the same diploma as the on-campus graduates. Neither the transcript nor the diploma will indicate "online".
  1. Can I take part in the graduation ceremony on campus if I earn my degree online?
    Yes, you are welcome to visit the Montclair State University campus at any time. Our campus is a leafy, 250-acre oasis in the town of Montclair, New Jersey, just 14 miles from New York City.
  1. How much does the program cost?
    Tuition and fees for the program are $546.67 per credit. This does not include costs for textbooks, materials, or other items that may be required for your course.
  1. Does Montclair State University offer financial aid?
    Montclair State University assists eligible students in meeting their educational expenses through loans, grants, and scholarships. Graduate students enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester may be eligible for financial aid. To verify if you qualify for student financial aid programs, including federal financial aid and private student loans, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  1. Will I be able to complete all of my required coursework online?
    Yes, the program is 100% online and all work can be completed without ever coming to campus.
  1. How will I take the online courses?
    Your coursework will be completed on Blackboard. Online courses at Montclair State University are structured using a user-friendly web environment to provide you with all relevant course information, access to learning materials and activities, opportunities to engage and collaborate with peers and your professor, as well as assessments to enable you to demonstrate your understanding and mastery of the course. While each instructor may deliver the course content differently, there will be a common user environment in all of your courses. You will use a variety of online tools geared toward appropriate pedagogy to maximize your interaction and learning outcomes.

    Take an interactive tour of a sample course.
  1. Are students required to be online at a specific time?
    Students are not required to be online at a specific time. This asynchronous schedule provides you with the convenience and flexibility you need to earn your degree and still balance life's priorities.
  1. Can I take some classes online and some on campus?
    The online program is designed to be purely online, so you will not be able to take classes on campus.
  1. I have taken some graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
    No more than six semester hours of credit completed at another accredited college or university or at Montclair State University may be transferred into a graduate degree program. Courses eligible for transfer to Montclair State University must be graduate-level courses with earned grades of “B” or better. Students can work with the program coordinator at the time of admission to determine if the courses are applicable.
  1. How many credits and courses do I take each term?
    You will focus on one course per session allowing for rigorous course immersion. Each course lasts seven-and-a-half weeks during which you will build a strong academic background. This allows you to complete two (2) courses or six (6) credits per semester. You can earn your degree in 2 years without the stress of taking multiple courses simultaneously.
  1. How much time is required on a weekly basis for the program?
    As a general guideline, students will spend approximately 9 hours per week per course.

    Once enrolled in a course, it is recommended that you look briefly through the learning content in a Learning Unit before you start working on it. Don't spend too much time reading the content; just get a sense of what topics are covered, how much reading is required, and what kind of activities or tests are included. Plan for how much you can do at a time, and allocate times for completing the tasks. Make specific, realistic and time limited plans, and stick to your plan until you are done.
  1. How do I purchase textbooks?
    You may purchase textbooks online through our Bookstore or as directed by the academic department. Your textbooks will need to be shipped. Please allot adequate time to insure your textbooks will be delivered prior to class. Some course material may also be available to download.
  1. How do I register for online classes?
    Once accepted into the program, you will be able to register for your course(s) via our Web Enrollment Services for Students (WESS).

    Registration instructions for WESS.
  1. How do I apply?
    Click here to apply.
  1. Is there an application fee?
    Yes, the application fee is $40.
  1. Whom do I speak with if I have additional questions?
    Email us at online@montclair.edu or feel free to call us at 973-655-7110 to speak with a member of the Office of Extended Learning staff. We will be able to answer your questions or refer you to the best available resource throughout campus.