Graduate Admission Requirements

Photo of of graduate studentsAdmission to graduate study at SUNY Plattsburgh is based on the academic and personal qualifications of applicants and is granted without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or handicap.

Graduate programs are administered by their respective academic departments and deans' offices. The decision to accept or deny an applicant resides within these departments.

General Admission Requirements

Each graduate program has its own admission requirements. To check the specific admission requirements for your program, go the graduate program profiles page and download the appropriate program profile.

In general, prospective students applying for matriculation into a Master's Degree or Certificate of Advanced Study Program at SUNY Plattsburgh will need the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (Educational Leadership candidates (SBL and SDL Programs), Teacher Leadership Graduate Certificate Program, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling C.A.S. Program  will also need a master's degree.)
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (Consult each program for its grade point requirement. No graduate programs at SUNY Plattsburgh accept an undergraduate grade point average below 2.5. It is not possible to raise your grade point average after you have finished your undergraduate degree.)
  3. Satisfactory scores on an admission test:
    • The School Psychology Graduate Program and all Education Graduate Programs DO NOT require an admission test.
    • Counselor Education graduate programs (i.e., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counselor, and Student Affairs Counseling), Natural Science/Professional Science Master's in Environmental Science, and Speech-Language Pathology will accept the Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.).
    • Counselor Education graduate programs (i.e., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counselor, and Student Affairs Counseling) will accept the Miller Analogies Test (M.A.T).
  4. Education program candidates must submit a copy of their teaching certificate (except M.S.T. which does not require prior provisional certification). Individuals who have not yet received their teaching certificate must submit a written explanation indicating how all NYSED requirements (including NYSTCE exams) for such a certificate will be completed prior to matriculation into this M.S.Ed. program. Individuals must submit passing scores on the NYSTCE exams before matriculation into the program.
  5. An Application for Admission to Graduate Study (obtained from the Graduate Admissions Office). Please note that there are four different applications: one for Education Graduate Programs, one for Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Programs, a General Application for all other graduate programs, and a Certificate Program Application. Most of the applications include:
    • Statement of Purpose describing your purpose in pursuing graduate work, your professional aims and your career goals.
    • Three Letters of Recommendation indicating your ability to pursue graduate work. (Applicants to the Speech-Language Pathology Program and Teacher Education Graduate Programs utilize different recommendation forms; Certificate applicants vary in the number of recommendations required)
    • A Current Resume (or Curriculum Vitae--CV)
    • Non-refundable $75 (U.S. dollars) Application Fee (Certificate applicants pay a $40 non-refundable fee)
  6. Students whose native language is not English must submit official documentation of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score. Required score: 560 or above with no subscore below 54 (paper-based) or 83 or above with no subscore below 20 (internet-based).
  7. International students must provide official documents to prove that they have enough money to pay for their education, estimated at $28,000 per year.

Be Sure and Remember:

  • Some degree programs have additional admission requirements or require supplemental materials. The Literacy Education Program requires a Literacy Questionnaire. Please consult the Literacy website for more information: 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.  The M.S. in Expeditionary Studies and the M.S. in Natural Science require you to contact the program coordinator to more fully discuss your interests and experiences in order to guarantee a good programmatic match.
  • Some degree programs require or may require personal interviews, including Educational Leadership (SBL and SDL Programs), Expeditionary Studies,  M.S.T. Childhood Education, M.S.T. Adolescence Education, Literacy Education, Curriculum and Instruction, 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.  See the schedule of set interview dates below.
  • Programs that require an interview generally will not accept late applications.
  • Some degree programs require a grade point average above a 2.5. See the specific program requirements.
  • The Application for Graduate Admission, the Graduate Catalog, and the Program Profile Brochures provide information on specific requirements. You may also contact the appropriate department chair or program coordinator.

Program Interview Dates:

  • Interview Dates for all programs that require interviews for the Summer/Fall of 2013 are posted here.  Come back to this site often for a posting of interview dates and times by program.  If you are chosen for an interview, you will always be contacted by the graduate program and not by 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.

Contact Information

The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.

Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
FAX: (518) 564-4722

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours (May 19 - August 22, 2014): Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions Office—113 Kehoe
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681 USA