How to Apply for Graduate Admissions
Applications to graduate programs at SUNY Plattsburgh and our branch campus in Queensbury are processed by the Graduate Admissions Office, located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the main campus in Plattsburgh. View our location on the campus map.
Questions about your application, application materials, and the application process should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Office at email@example.com or by calling us at (518) 564-4723 or (800) 723-9515.
Note: The PDF documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download.
Step 1: Complete and Sign the Application for Admission to Graduate Study
Download and print an application for graduate study. Be sure to download and print the correct application packet. There are four application packets:
- General Graduate School Program Application (use for Expeditionary Studies, Leadership, Natural Science, Professional Science Master's Degree in Environmental Science, School Psychology, and Counselor Education Programs -- Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counselor, and Student Affairs Counseling).
- Educational Leadership (SBL and SDL Programs) Application
- Teacher Education Program Application (use for Adolescence Education, Childhood Education, Teaching and Learning, Special Education, and Teacher Leadership).
- Speech/Language Pathology Program Application. Download (PDF file size 382KB).
- Certificate Application (use for Certificate Programs -- Leadership, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Early Childhood Education, and Communication Disorders and Sciences). Download (PDF file size 124KB).
To receive an application in the mail, contact the Graduate Admissions Office toll-free: 1 (800) 723-9515 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let us know which program you are applying to.
Step 2: Complete and Sign the Application Fee Form (included in the Application packet in Step 1)
Step 3: Send UNOPENED Official Transcripts from the Undergraduate and Graduate Colleges You Attended Directly to the Graduate Admissions Office
- Be sure to include Baccalaureate Degree documentation from the institution that conferred your degree.
Step 4: Include Test Scores if Required
- Some programs accept only the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and some will allow you to substitute the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for the GRE. Consult the admission's requirements for your degree program. The School Psychology Graduate Program, the M.S. in Leadership, and all of the Education Graduate Programs do not require tests.
- Students whose native language is not English must submit official documentation of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
- Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Please note that it may take 3 to 4 weeks for official score reports to arrive after the date of your test.
Step 5: Include three (3) Letters of Recommendation for Graduate Study (included in the application packet in Step 1)
Each reference letter should indicate your ability to pursue graduate studies. At least one of these letters (two for Education, Counselor Education, and Speech-Language Pathology candidates) should be completed by a faculty member, professor, or academic advisor if you are currently enrolled in course work or if you are a recent college graduate. Applicants to the Speech-Language Pathology and Teacher Education Graduate Programs should use the program-specific applications that are available on the Graduate Admissions forms webpage
- To receive the application or forms in the mail, contact the Graduate Admissions Office toll-free at (800) 723-9515 or by email at email@example.com.
Step 6: Submit Your Application
Graduate Admissions Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681
When submitting your application, be sure to include official transcripts and letters of recommendation in the same envelope as the completed application unless the transcripts or letters of recommendation are coming directly to the Graduate Admissions Office from the institution or the individual. Please include a non-refundable seventy-five dollar ($75) application fee (U.S. dollars). Make your check or money order payable to: SUNY Plattsburgh.
Step 7: Apply for Financial Aid
- Information can be found at Financial Aid Programs for Graduate Students.
- Consult the Directory of Financial Aid Forms.
- For more information about Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, visit the Financial Aid Office website.
- International students must provide official bank documentation of financial support, showing their ability to finance their total educational expenses (approximately $28,000 in U.S. currency, per year).
Step 8: Apply for Graduate Student Assistantships (included in the application packet in Step 1)
- Detailed information, including a list of available assistantships, may be found at Graduate Assistantships. Assistantship applications must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by February 15.
- To receive an application in the mail, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call us toll-free at (800) 723-9515.
- The Literacy Education Program requires additional materials, including a Literacy Questionnaire. Please consult the Literacy website for more information: http://web.plattsburgh.edu/academics/education/literacy/master.php.
- The M.S.T. Programs require applicants to turn in an M.S.T. Preparatory Worksheet as part of their application packet. For information about the Preparatory Worksheets, consult the Directions for Applying to the M.S.T. Programs.
- A number of graduate programs require or may require an interview, including Expeditionary Studies, Educational Leadership (SBL and SDL Programs), M.S.T. Childhood Education, M.S.T. Adolescence Education, Literacy Education, Teaching and Learning, Mental Health Counseling , School Counselor, Student Affairs Counseling, Speech-Language Pathology, and School Psychology. The graduate program faculty will contact you if they have decided to invite you to an interview. Many programs have set their interview dates. Please contact Graduate Admissions if you want to reserve the date in your calendar. Interview dates that have been set are below:
Program Interview Dates
Interview dates and times for Summer/Fall 2013 applicants for programs that require interviews will be posted here. Please revisit this webpage often. If you are invited to interview, you will be contacted by the graduate program office and not the Graduate Admissions Office.
- M.S.T. Childhood and Adolescence Education Interview Dates: Interviews for the M.S.T. in Childhood or Adolescence Education for Summer/Fall 2013 applicants will be held on Friday, March 8th for Main Campus applicants. Interviews for Branch Campus candidates will be arranged at the convenience of the applicant and Branch Campus faculty. A second set of interviews will be arranged for late applicants (to both campuses) as well. You will be contacted by the department if you have been selected to come for an interview.
- Teaching and Learning Interview Dates: Interviews for the M.S.Ed. in Teaching and Learning for the Summer/Fall of 2013 applicants for the Main Campus Program will be offered on a rolling basis and will be arranged by the department at the convenience of the faculty and the applicant. Interviews for Branch Campus applicants will be held on two days: Saturday, April 6th and a second day (not yet scheduled) in early July. You will be contacted by the department if you have been selected to come for an interview.
The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the 1st floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.
Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
FAX: (518) 564-4722
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Graduate Admissions Office—113 Kehoe
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681 USA