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Admission Requirements

In order to gain admission into the program students must submit:

  • An application.
  • Academic transcript from each college and/or university attended, documenting an earned undergraduate degree.
  • A statement of objectives.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a phone interview with a committee of faculty teaching in the program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement waived for admission to this program.


  • During the application process, you have the ability to directly upload your unofficial transcripts via your application portal. 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 The Graduate School FAQ Page for Uploading Your Unofficial Transcripts.
  • If you studied under a maiden name or prior name, your institution must indicate both prior and current names on your transcript.
  • Do not request a transcript from the Montclair State University Registrar if Montclair is listed on your application as a previous or current institution. The Graduate School will obtain your Montclair State University transcript directly.
  • Including your U.S. social security number on your transcript or transmittal sheet will expedite processing of your application.

Statement of Objectives

Many of our programs require a written statement or an essay. The statement or essay, in which you present your reasons for your proposed graduate studies, is an important component of the admission decision process and applications will not be reviewed without it.

Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:

  • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
  • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?