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Graduate Admission Requirements

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  • Each of the graduate program options at NJCU has its own admission requirements. Prior to beginning your graduate application, take some time to familiarize yourself with your program.

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    Also be sure to review additional information regarding application fees, appeals, re-admission, and immunizations.


    General Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students
    The following requirements apply to all degree-seeking students and those pursuing a combination degree and certification eligibility program or NJCU certificate program. 

    • An application for admission to graduate study and an application for matriculation.
    • A non-refundable graduate application fee of $55.
    • A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to a degree program. 
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.
    • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from previous instructors.  
    • Official copy of the standardized test score report required by the program. 

    Additional Requirements for Degree-Seeking Students in Performance and Other Departments
    If you are seeking admission to a master's degree program with a performance component (currently in music and in art), please note that the department may require a performance or presentation that meets the approval of at least three members of the department, including: 

    • The department chairperson
    • The department coordinator of graduate studies
    • A department specialist in the area of performance/presentation     

    After completing this requirement, request transmittal to the University Admissions Office with a written statement of approval of the performance or portfolio, signed by the members of the Department Evaluating Committee.

    Other departments may have additional requirements for admission into their programs, such as interviews or prerequisite courses. Carefully read the department's section in the graduate catalog.

    General Admission Requirements for Certification-Only Students  

    • An application for admission to graduate study. 
    • A non-refundable application fee of $55.
    • A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to a certification eligibility or certificate program.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission. 

    General Admission Requirements for Courses-Only Students  

    • An Application for Admission to Graduate Study.
    • A non-refundable Application Fee of $55.
    • A 250- to 500-word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission for a course or courses in the academic area in which you are applying.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 point scale is required for admission.   

    Requirements for International Students
    International students are required to submit documents and test scores beyond those required of U.S. citizens. Review requirements for International Students.

    Requirements for Visiting Students
    Visiting graduate students must submit a NJCU Student Registration Form plus one of the following documents:

    1. A Permission letter from the University the student is attending stating the Course title(s), and authorized by a proper authority or
    2. A college transcript. The transcript must reflect Bachelor degree confirmation.

    The visiting student will then follow regular registration procedures. During the Fall and Spring semesters, documents are to be submitted to the University Admissions Office. During the Summer Sessions, documents are to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the respective deadline date. 

    Additional Graduate Admission Information

    Graduate Application Fee
    New applicants and former students who are re-applying must pay a non-refundable graduate application fee of $55. The fee is waived for applicants who have already received a master's degree or professional diploma from New Jersey City University.

    Graduate Admission Appeal
    Applicants who are not approved for admission for graduate study at the University have the right to appeal the decision if they believe there are significant factors that may alter the decision. The appeal must be made in writing to the Department Chair/Graduate Program Coordinator (as appropriate) within two weeks of the mailing of the decision.

    Graduate Re-admission
    Any student not enrolled in at least one graduate course in a fall or spring semester for three years must request re-admission. The student must submit an application for readmission and transcripts of any college work completed elsewhere in the interim. The student must qualify under the admissions criteria in the current Graduate Catalog. Readmitted students should note that graduate students who first registered in fall '98 or later are required to complete their program of study within seven years of starting (see Seven-Year Limit on Credits below).

    Immunization
    All students attending New Jersey City University must complete an immunization questionnaire; failure to do so could prohibit the student from attending classes. The immunization questionnaire is sent to all new students as part of the admission process (New Jersey Administrative Code 8:57:6.1-6.16), with instructions to return it to the Health and Wellness Center, Vodra Hall, Room 107. For further information call 201.200.3456.

     

    If you still have questions about the graduate application requirements for your chosen program, feel free to contact the graduate admissions office for assistance.