Graduate Admissions Application Requirements

The items you're required to submit with your application for admission to a graduate program at SUNY Geneseo will vary based on the program. Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials are submitted.

Please contact Graduate Admissions at or 585-245-5148 with any questions.

Application Requirements for Graduate Degree Programs

Application Requirements for Professional Advancement (Non-Degree) Students

Non-degree students may enroll in courses on a space-available basis to meet certification requirements, remove academic deficiencies, or seek professional advancement. This option is not available for courses in the School of Business for the MS in Accounting program.

Periodic advisement with the Ella Cline Shear School of Education is required for all non-degree students. Non-degree students must be in good standing at the college to be eligible to enroll in courses.

Non-degree students may apply for degree status and request that up to 12 hours of appropriate graduate credit be completed before the application is used to meet degree requirements.

Contact the Director of Graduate Admissions with any questions.

Application Requirements for Non-Matriculated Students

A non-matriculated student is admitted to complete up to six credit hours only (one or two courses or credit-bearing workshops), and who does not seek continuing graduate status. Enrollment is permitted on a space-available basis. Normally a student is admitted to non-matriculated status only once. To be considered for this status, an applicant must complete the Non-Matriculated Registration Form and submit undergraduate transcripts at the time of registration.

  • Non-matriculated students are not required to take the GRE or MAT.
  • Non-matriculated student status is not available in the MS in Accounting program
  • Non-matriculated students should have initial teaching certification. If you have questions about your certification, please contact Dr. Jeanne Galbraith in the School of Education.
  • Non-matriculated students will be registered for graduate courses by Ms. Isis Leverson in the Office of the Registrar.

Non-matriculated students should send all items to the Office of Graduate Studies.

About Admission to SUNY Geneseo Graduate Programs

Admission to the college is based upon the academic and personal qualifications of applicants and is granted without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, race, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran. The candidate selection process is highly competitive; the college attempts to identify those individuals who will benefit from the curricular and co-curricular programs offered. Applicants can be considered for a master’s degree program, for non-degree status, or as a non-matriculated graduate student.

All applicants seeking admission as a degree or non-degree students must provide evidence of (1) having earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution of higher education, and (2) an undergraduate record that indicates a potential for success in graduate study. Graduates of colleges and universities that are not accredited may be admitted on a provisional basis.

Admission of applicants is determined by the chairs/program directors and faculty members of the department concerned in consultation with the Director of Graduate Admissions. Applicants may be:

  1. Offered full admission
  2. Offered provisional admission contingent upon attainment of achievement(s) or completion of deficiencies as specified in the letter of admission
  3. Denied admission

Students are normally admitted to begin their program at a date specified in the email or letter of admission. Those who wish to postpone the beginning of their program are not required to make a reapplication but must petition the Director of Graduate Admissions with a request for postponement.

Graduate programs are competitive, therefore all credentials should be submitted by the respective deadline to receive timely consideration. Early application is advised for students seeking financial assistance.

Applicants denied admission may appeal to the Director of Graduate Admissions.