Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Graduate Applicants

How do I apply?

In ordered to be considered for a graduate degree, certificate, or non-degree coursework, you must complete a Graduate Application and submit all program-related requirements within the program-specific deadline. Graduate applications must be completed online, and non-electronic supplemental materials can be mailed, faxed (201) 200-3411, or emailed

You can begin your online application here.

Where do I mail my supplemental application materials?

New Jersey City University
Office of Graduate Admissions
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Jersey City, NJ 07305

If my previous institution(s) send official transcripts electronically, which email should they be sent to?

Please have official transcripts or any other supporting documents sent to Graduate Admissions at 

What is the application deadline?
Application deadlines vary according to program, so it’s very important that you read over the application details for your intended degree. To find your particular deadline, please visit the graduate admissions page then select your program of choice and scroll down to the last section of the page.

My program of interest requires transcripts and test scores. Will NJCU accept unofficial copies?
While there is a designated section for you to self-report your test scores and your grade point average in your online application, the Office of Graduate Admissions requires official documentation of transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and graduate tests scores unless otherwise stated in your specific program requirements. Some programs allow applicants to waive GRE/GMAT/TOEFL scores. Please check the requirements for your program of choice as well as the waiver specifications.

Can I update or change one of my recommenders?
Yes. If you’d like to change your recommenders, you must email the Office of Graduate Admissions with the correct/updated information.

In your email request, you must include the recommenders first and last name, email, phone number and professional title.

How can I check the status of my application?
You can check the status of your application in your Application Status Page ( ) You may log in with the same username and password you used to start your application. Once you are logged in, you will be able to see the status of any document related to your application.

If you have questions regarding the status of your application you may also contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 201-200-3409 or email

How long does it take to receive an admission decision?
In general, once we have received all of your required materials, decisions are made within 2-3 weeks.*

If you believe that your decision is significantly delayed, we strongly encourage you to check the status of your application by either going online or calling our office. The most common reason for a delayed decision is an incomplete application.

* For doctoral and school psychology programs, decisions are made 2-3 weeks after the application deadline. For counseling programs, the decisions are made within 2 weeks after the interview.

I received my undergraduate degree outside of the United States, what additional steps do I need to take to apply to NJCU?
Your first step should be to review the requirements for your preferred program. All graduate programs, including degrees, certificates, and courses-only, require applicants to submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions they have attended. If you received your undergraduate degree from a foreign institution, you will need to obtain and submit to us a transcript evaluation from a NACES member. In addition, we may also require you to show documentation of English proficiency.  In certain cases, the English proficiency requirement can be waived. To see if you meet the waiver requirements, please review the information here.

I took graduate classes/was enrolled in a graduate program at NJCU several years ago. I am now interested in enrolling in another program/taking additional graduate courses. Do I need to submit a new application?
Students who wish to be admitted into a new graduate program or re-admitted into a program in which they were enrolled in the past must submit a new application regardless of prior graduate experience at NJCU. Notes: If you don’t enroll in the first semester you are admitted, or for 2 consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions), your status will be discontinued.  Once discontinued, you must reapply.

Students must also re-submit any additional requirements related to their application, such as transcripts, recommendations, etc. However, as a former student at NJCU, your application fee will be waived. To receive your waiver code, please reach out to the Office of Graduate Admissions at 201-200-3409 or at

If I already have a graduate degree, do I still need to submit my undergraduate transcripts along with my application?
Yes. Undergraduate transcripts are required for all graduate applications at NJCU. For admission into our doctorate programs, a copy of your graduate transcript is also required. Regardless of the program for which you are applying, if you believe your graduate career accurately highlights your academic achievements, you should include both your graduate and undergraduate transcripts in your application.

How many credits does my program require?
The amount of credits varies according to program. Credits also vary depending on whether a student has completed the necessary pre-requisite courses related to the program. We strongly encourage you to contact the academic department that houses your program for information regarding credits and pre-requisites.

How can I view the courses being offered?
The Schedule of Classes can be found here.

I was admitted. How do I know what graduate classes should I take?
While you can view the courses being offered, it is best to seek advisement from the academic department to which you were admitted. Refer to the current Graduate Advisor Directory

What is the graduate cost per credit?
As a public institution, New Jersey City University offers some of the most competitive tuition rates in the State. View up to date information about graduate tuition and fees here.

What financial aid opportunities will I have as a graduate student?

At NJCU, we are committed to finding ways to help our students finance their education. View a list of the funding opportunities available here.

Are graduate assistantships available?

Yes, we offer a small number of assistantships each year. Graduate Assistantships are prestigious appointments that allow full-time, degree degree-seeking students the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience while studying at NJCU. To apply, you must first be admitted to a degree program and then you must submit a resume and letter to the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President, located in Hepburn Hall, room 309, (201) 200-3003. Applications can also be emailed to

Are there any upcoming Graduate Admissions events I can sign up for? 
Our online calendar of events is always being updated and is available here.

How can I contact the Graduate Admissions Office?

Phone: 201.200.3409
Text: 551.214.1181

New Jersey City University
Office of Graduate Admissions
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Office Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday