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How to Apply

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Thank you for your interest in applying to graduate school at Montclair State University. You can apply in three easy steps:

  1. Choose your program of study: Each academic program has its own unique application requirements and deadlines. Take note of the specific Admission Requirements and Application Checklists for your program. This will help to ensure that your application – with all corresponding materials – is complete and submitted on time.
  2. Register for an account: Your account will be used to submit your application, upload documents/materials, and check your application status. To begin the application process, please click the link below:
  3. Begin and submit your online application. Please start the application form. We recommend completing the online form in one sitting. If you need to log back into your account, visit the sign in page to our application system. Once you have submitted the application, you’ll be able to view the specific documents/materials that are required in order to complete your application.
    • Transcripts:
      • A requirement of your application is to list the name of every institution that you’ve previously attended (regardless of the length of attendance). During the application process, students who have studied in the U.S. may directly upload their unofficial transcripts via their application portal. If eligible, we encourage you to take advantage of this option, as sending official transcripts prior to admission may delay the processing of your application. Please visit our FAQ Page to learn more about Uploading Your Unofficial Transcripts.
      • Applicants with a non-US degree: In lieu of a transcript, you are required to submit an official course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of your coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
      • We also accept electronic transcripts (etranscripts). Many institutions offer this option and it is a quick alternative to mailing.
      • If you are an undergraduate student in your last term (aka in your final semester and about to graduate), you may upload an unofficial copy of your current transcript. Upon acceptance into a graduate program, a final transcript indicating that you have completed your undergraduate studies will be required before the start of classes. Applicants earning a degree outside of the U.S. may apply as last-term seniors.
      • If admitted for the Summer/Fall term, you are required to to submit an official transcript from every college or university you have attended prior to the start of classes.
    • Letters of Recommendation:
      • Please see the programs of study to learn how many letters of recommendation are required with your application.
      • During the application process, the online system will give you the option to provide the contact information of your recommenders in the Recommendations tab of your application. You will also have the opportunity to add their contact information after you submit in your application portal. They will then receive instructions from Graduate Admissions on how to submit their recommendations electronically.
      • Whenever possible, recommendations should be from professors in your undergraduate and graduate field of study who are familiar with your academic work.
      • If a significant amount of time has passed since you graduated, recommendation letters can be submitted from employers, supervisors or other professionals who can comment on your background, work experience, and motivation to succeed.
      • Friends, family members, or fellow students are not considered appropriate sources for a recommendation letter.
    • Standardized Test Scores:
      • If scores are required for your program of interest, please refer to the reporting codes below to ensure that we are official designated recipients of your standardized test scores. For Standardized Test Requirements for the Masters of Arts in Teaching programs, please visit the Center of Pedagogy’s website.
      • The institutional codes for reporting are as follows:
        • GRE, TOEFL, IELTS: 2520
        • MAT: 1400
        • GMAT – part time MBA: 1T2-NK-80
        • GMAT – full time MBA: 1T2-NK-86
        • PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills:
          • Reading: 5712
          • Writing: 5722
          • Mathematics: 5732
    • Essays/Statements:
      • Many of our programs require a personal statement or an essay. Please refer to the individual page for your program of study in order to find any additional information pertaining to required written materials.
      • Programs may also request additional essays or other specialized admissions requirements.
      • You can upload your personal statement or essay in the Supplemental Items section.
    • Application fee:
      • There is a nonrefundable $60 application fee. After you have submitted your application, you will have the option to pay via credit card, check/money order, or application fee waiver.
      • Check or money orders should be made payable to Montclair State University, and mailed to the address for the Office of Graduate Admissions listed below.
    • Please mail anything that cannot be submitted electronically to:

      Montclair State University
      Office of Graduate Admissions
      1 Normal Avenue
      Montclair, NJ 07043

Please note: after your application is submitted and before an admission decision, you may request a one-time change to the academic program to which you’ve applied. If we’ve already made an admission decision, you’ll need to complete a new application – including another payment of our application fee.

Learn more about the application process, by viewing our Graduate School Overview presentation or the video below:

Additionally, you can learn more about the Financial Aid process, by viewing our Financial Aid Overview presentation.

If you have any further questions about the application process, call or email the Office of Graduate Admissions anytime:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

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Students with Special Needs: Services are available for graduate students with special needs. For more information, please contact the Disability Resource Center of the Students with Disabilities Office at 973-655-5431.