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Dominican Republic MESCyT Scholarship Program

Welcome MESCyT Applicants!

Since 2016 Montclair State University has partnered with the Ministry of Education in the Dominican Republic to welcome recipients of the MESCyT scholarship into our graduate degree programs. The scholarship typically covers tuition and fees, university health insurance, on-campus accommodation and a campus meal plan. Visit the MESCyT website for the scholarship announcement and the application portal.

Photo of Fall 2018 MESCyT cohort.
Fall 2018 MESCyT cohort

Why you should choose Montclair State University

Established in 1908, Montclair State University is a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s nine colleges and schools serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs.

Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre (102 hectares) suburban campus just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment. Take a virtual tour of campus.

Students receive the individual attention you’d expect from a much smaller institution.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1
  • Average class size is 23 students
  • Courses taught by professors, not graduate assistants

Montclair State University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. This designation is reserved for colleges and universities with enrollments of full-time, Hispanic undergraduate students of at least 25 percent.

For 15 straight years, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has included Montclair State among its “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics,” a ranking that identifies the colleges and universities that enroll, train and graduate the most Hispanic scholars.

Consistently named among New Jersey’s best cities, Montclair is rich in cultural, recreational and outdoor activities. Our students have access to 175 acres of parks and rivers and a funky, eclectic downtown, complete with a robust arts scene and great restaurants! All within a short bus or train ride from one of the world’s greatest cities.

Courses of Study

The following degree programs may be available for scholarship recipients in the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

Program Field of Study Application Requirements
Chemistry (MS) Chemistry TOEFL or IELTS, GRE, foreign credential evaluation, graduate application, minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0
Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration (MS) Chemistry, Biochemistry TOEFL or IELTS, GRE, foreign credential evaluation, graduate application, minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0
Mathematics, Mathematics Education Concentration (MS) Mathematics TOEFL or IELTS, GRE, foreign credential evaluation, graduate application, minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0
Mathematics, Pure and Applied Mathematics Concentration (MS) Mathematics TOEFL or IELTS, GRE, foreign credential evaluation, graduate application, minimum undergraduate GPA 3.0

The following announcement is posted on the official MESCyT announcement of scholarship page:

Las becas, salvo algunas excepciones que se especificarán al interesado, incluyen pago de matrícula, ayuda para manutención y alojamiento y seguro médico. En ningún caso se incluye boleto aéreo.

  • No se permitirán cambios de Programas (Especialidad o Maestría) una vez aceptada la beca. 
  • No se aprobarán extensiones de beca una vez concluido el tiempo establecido en el Programa. 
  • Solo se otorgarán becas en las Instituciones y Programas que aparecen en esta publicación. 
  • No se otorgarán autorizaciones para permanecer en el país donde se realicen los estudios al concluir el Programa. 

How to Apply for the MESCyT Scholarship Program

Visit the MESCyT website for the scholarship application portal. Applications must be made to MESCyT specifying the degree program at Montclair State University that you wish to study.

Applying to Montclair State University

Once you are pre-selected by MESCYT you must apply to Montclair State University.

Testing Requirements

English Proficiency Testing

Scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR English for International Opportunity (IELTS).

  • TOEFL Masters – Computerized test minimum score: 213
  • TOEFL Masters – iBT (Internet) test minimum score: 83
  • IELTS Masters – minimum score: 6.5

The Montclair State University institutional code for test reporting is 2520.

GRE General Test

This is a comprehensive exam that requires weeks of preparation. Students should begin to prepare for this exam immediately, using study guides offered through various publications and resources in the Dominican Republic such as EducationUSA whose office is located in El Instituto Dominico-Americano.

The Montclair State University institutional code for GRE test reporting is 2520.

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Applicants with a non-US degree must submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices.

Welcome and Orientation

Prior to your arrival on campus you will be invited to our welcome and orientation in Santo Domingo. You will be advised of dates and details following confirmation of your scholarship.

Accommodation for MESCyT Students

On campus accommodation is provided in a single room in The Village apartment complex. The room rate in The Village includes heat, electricity, water, A/C, 24 hour security desk coverage, Wi-Fi, and basic cable TV service. The Village is a short walk from campus or there is a free shuttle service. MESCyT will be billed directly for the cost of your housing. Each apartment is shared by four students and includes a shared living area, shared kitchen and two bathrooms.  Housing may be available during the summer but the cost is not covered by the MESCyT scholarship. Over 5000 students live on campus in a safe and welcoming environment.

Visa Process

You will need to apply for a J-1 visa to be eligible to study in the United States. Once accepted we will provide you with the necessary documents so you can start this process. Find out more about the J-1 visa here. As part of the visa process you will need to pay a SEVIS I-901 Fee, pay a visa fee, and schedule an interview at the US Embassy in Santo Domingo.  Please consult the instructions available on the embassy website where you will apply.

Useful Links

For More Information

Contact the Office of International Engagement