Application Review and Admission Process
Submitting Your Application
The Graduate School admissions team will not begin to review your application until it is complete. If your program has an application deadline, you must submit all required application materials before that deadline. The online application alone is not enough to meet required deadlines.
It is your responsibility to submit all required application materials to The Graduate School. We will enter all supporting materials into our computer system within one week of their receipt. If the online application does not indicate that we have received a supporting document, please check again after two or three days before contacting The Graduate School.
To submit your application, please follow these steps:
- Applicants to all programs – master’s, doctoral, certification, certificate, and all non-degree programs – must complete the online application
- Applicants must gather all application credentials, which include official transcripts, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, etc., and submit them to The Graduate School.
- Montclair State University graduates do not need to send us their transcripts; The Graduate School requests them directly
- Applicants must send all supporting documents and a check payable to Montclair State University for the non-refundable $60 application fee to:
The Graduate School, Montclair State University
College Hall 203
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 973-655-5147 or 800-955-GRAD
Last-term Seniors and Submission of Final Transcripts
Students who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree work may apply during their last term as undergraduates. Please send an official copy of your transcript to The Graduate School when you submit your application. A final, official transcript indicating that you have received your baccalaureate degree must be submitted before you will be permitted to register for classes. Applicants who have an international education may not apply as a last-term senior.
Portfolio Reviews for MFA Studio and Auditions for MA Music Applicants
Fine Arts Studio Applicants: If you are applying for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio program, you are required to submit two separate applications in the following order. You must first submit a graduate admission application to The Graduate School. Following which, you will be invited to submit a secondary application, digital portfolio and request for a portfolio interview with the Department of Art and Design through Decision Desk. Please use Decision Desk to schedule your portfolio interview. Department guidelines for the Application process can be found here; Create a Decision Desk account here. Please note: In addition to the graduate application fee of $60, an additional $20 fee applies for Decision Desk.
Music Applicants: If you are applying for the Master of Arts (MA) in Music program, you are required to submit two separate applications in the following order. You must first submit a graduate admission application to The Graduate School. Following which, you will be invited to submit an secondary application and request an audition with the Cali School of Music through Decision Desk. Please use Decision Desk to schedule your live audition. Department guidelines for the Application process can be found here; Create a Decision Desk account here. Please note: In addition to the graduate application fee of $60, an additional $20 fee applies for Decision Desk.
You may transfer up to 6 credits of relevant coursework from another graduate program to Montclair State.
If you are interested in transferring to The Graduate School, you must follow the standard application process, using the same forms, submitting the same supporting materials and documentation, and meeting the same admission requirements as any other graduate applicant.
If you are admitted as a transfer graduate student, and a Graduate Program Coordinator has evaluated your previous coursework and considers it relevant, you may transfer a maximum of 6 credits.
Confidentiality of the Application Process
The Graduate School is required by federal law to maintain the confidentiality of both the information submitted in support of your application and your application’s status. We may only share this application with you as the applicant or with someone you have designated in writing as your proxy. If your personal circumstances demand that someone else contact The Graduate School in conjunction with your application, you must send us a signed letter (or email) that formally designates the person who is to be your proxy. Without this letter (or email), we are unable to discuss an application with anyone other than you.
Reviewing Your Application
Once we have received your application and all required application materials, it will generally take us four to six weeks to review your application. Please note, however, that if an admission interview is required, it may take more than four to six weeks to review your application. Programs with individual application deadlines will not begin to review their applications until after the program application deadline has passed.
All admission decisions are made by The Graduate School, based on an overall review of the required credentials (official transcripts, test scores, recommendations, statement of objectives and in some instances portfolio reviews or auditions.) A formal written notice from The Graduate School constitutes an offer of admission; correspondence with a department or with individual faculty members is not an offer of admission.
All admission decisions are sent to you via US or airmail. The Graduate School does not release admission decisions via the web or over the phone. You will, however, be able to see that a decision has been made by reviewing your online application. Once you see that an admission decision has been made, please allow at least seven days to receive your letter via US or airmail before contacting us.
Graduate Program Coordinators
A critical partner in your graduate school experience, your Graduate Program Coordinator can help you with course selection, overall curriculum planning, research opportunities, and career goals. For a list of Graduate Program Coordinators, click here or visit the WESS system’s Student Services page.
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.