Admissions Process


The Graduate School will not begin to review your application until it is complete. If your program has an application deadline, all application requirements must be received by The Graduate School before that deadline. Submission of the application alone is not sufficient to meet the deadline requirement.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application materials have been submitted to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will enter all supporting application materials into its computer system within one week of their receipt. If the online application does not indicate that a document has been received, please check again within two to three days before contacting the Graduate School.

Once the application is complete, the average amount of time it may take to review the application is 4-6 weeks depending on the time of year. In many cases the admission decision may be made very quickly. However, if an admission interview is required, the amount of time before an admission decision can be made may exceed the 4-6 week estimate. Programs with application deadlines will not begin to review their applications until after the deadline has passed.

Admission decisions are not released to applicants via the web or over the phone. All admission decisions are communicated to the applicant via mail. You will be able to see that an admission decision has been made by reviewing the online application. Once you see that an admission decision has been made, please wait at least 7 days to receive the letter via US or Air Mail before contacting the Graduate School.

All admission decisions are made by the Graduate School. Official offers of admission are communicated to the applicant via the admission decision letter.

Please submit application materials and direct any questions you have about admission or our programs to:

The Graduate School, Montclair State University
College Hall 203, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: (973) 655-5147 or (800) 955-GRAD (4723)
Fax: (973) 655-7869

General Instructions

  1. Applicants to all programs (master's, doctoral, certification, certificate, and all non degree) must complete the application.
  2. Applicants begin to gather all application credentials (official transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) Montclair State University graduates are not required to send their MSU transcripts; the Graduate School requests them directly.
  3. Applicants send these documents and the non-refundable $60 application fee, made payable to Montclair State University (do not send cash), to the Graduate School at the above address.
  4. Applicants will be notified if and when a personal interview is required.
  5. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision by mail.

Graduate Program Coordinators

The Graduate Program Coordinator is a critical partner in your graduate school experience. Students are encouraged not only to meet with their Graduate Program Coordinator for course selection but also to discuss overall curriculum planning, research opportunities and career goals. You may also find Graduate Program Coordinator names and contact information on the Student Services page of the WESS system.

List of Graduate Program Coordinators

Admission Decisions

Admission decisions are based on an overall review of the required credentials (official transcripts, test scores, recommendations, statement of objectives; and for some programs, portfolio reviews or auditions) Formal written notice from the Graduate School constitutes an offer of admission. Correspondence with a department or an individual faculty member does not constitute admission.

Confidentiality of the Application Process

Federal law requires that the Graduate School maintain the confidentiality of both the information submitted by applicants and the status of their applications. This information can only be shared with the applicant or someone the applicant has designated, in writing, as their proxy. Any applicant whose personal circumstances require that someone else contact the Graduate School in conjunction with their application must send us a signed letter formally designating that person as their proxy. The Graduate School cannot discuss an application with anyone but the applicant without this document.

Last-Term Seniors

Students who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may apply during their last term of undergraduate work. An official copy of their transcript should be sent to the Graduate School at the time the application is submitted. A final, official transcript indicating the awarding of the baccalaureate degree must be submitted before registration for subsequent terms will be permitted. Students will not be allowed to take courses if undergraduate degree is not complete. The Last-Term Senior policy does not apply to International applicants.

Portfolio Reviews and Auditions

Do not enclose artwork samples, photographs, or audition tapes along with your application materials. Students interested in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree must submit a portfolio of two-dimensional work and/or slides, video, film or CD ROM to the Department of Fine Arts by February 1st. Applicants to the Master of Arts (MA) in Music or Fine Arts will be notified by the Graduate School of their eligibility to audition or submit their portfolio for review.

Students with Special Needs

Services are available for students with special needs. Students should contact the Disability Resource Centerfor Students with Disabilities Office at (973) 655-5431, for more information.

Transfer Applications

Although we welcome applications from students interested in "transferring" from a graduate program they are currently attending to one at Montclair State University, we do not have a special application for this. Although they may have completed graduate coursework elsewhere, we have no special admission policies or requirements. They go through the standard application process, using the same forms, providing the same documentation, and meeting the same admission requirements as any other graduate applicant. If admitted and their previous graduate coursework is evaluated as relevant by a Graduate Program Coordinator, they may transfer a maximum of 6 creditsto their MSU program.

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