Application Procedures

Application due dates

For students seeking to begin the program during the 2019-20 academic year, the due date is October 15, 2018 for students seeking financial aid and a Spring 2019 start date. 

Application components

  1. Apply to the Graduate School
  2. Personal statement
  3. Statement of Research Interests. The essay should include a list of faculty members with whom you have communicated and who are willing to serve as your research advisor.
  4. Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
  5. Three letters of reference from university faculty or professional supervisors who can attest to your potential for success in doctoral level research and coursework.
  6. GRE scores. Montclair State University’s reporting code is 2520.
  7. TOEFL scores for international applicants. Montclair State University’s reporting code is 2520.
  8. Application fee

Evaluation of applications

Successful applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and/or a masters degree with a graduate grade point average of at least 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale. There is no threshold GRE score for admission. However, our current program-wide average scores are 306 (Q+V) and 4.0 for AWS. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact possible research advisors and research projects prior to submitting an application, and solicit letters of reference from university faculty who can specifically address your potential to conduct doctoral-level research. 

The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to evaluating applications. We are interested in students whose research interests are compatible with our faculty advisors, who have demonstrated potential for conducting original, creative, independent research at the doctoral level, and who possess strong quantitative skills, and written and oral communication skills. We assess your transcripts and the diversity and rigor of coursework you have completed, we assess your previous research and employment experience as detailed in your personal statement and research statement, and through candid evaluations provided by your references.