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Graduate Admissions Requirements

The items you are required to submit with your application to be considered for admission to graduate programs at SUNY Geneseo vary based on the program and are outlined below. Please contact Graduate Admissions at GradAdmissions@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5040 with any questions.

Applications will not be processed until all required materials are submitted. Materials can be hand-delivered, mailed, emailed or faxed to the following:

Address: Office of Admissions
                 SUNY Geneseo
                 1 College Circle
                 Doty Hall, Room 200
                 Geneseo, NY, 14454

Email: GradAdmissions@geneseo.edu

Fax: 585-245-5550

Master’s Degree Programs

  1. Completed online application
    • Complete the online application
    • Upload application materials. Once you've submitted your online application, we will mail you an application acknowledgment letter which will contain instructions on how to upload your application materials to our Dropbox. The Dropbox will not be available for uploading application materials until you have received your Login ID and PIN from us.
  2. $50 application fee payable to SUNY Geneseo
    • We accept payment by check, money order, debit and credit card. You may pay online using a credit or debit card.
    • We accept debit and credit card payments over the phone by calling 585-245-5040.
    • Send checks and money orders to the address at the top of this page.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended
    • If you are a SUNY Geneseo student or alumnus, the Office of Admissions will obtain your transcript for you. If you have transferred credit to the institution you received your degree from and it appears on your transcript, we do not need a transcript from the transfer institution.
    • All education admits must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  4. Test Scores
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    • All Education programs: Letters of recommendation from two persons who can attest to the academic potential for graduate study and personal character of the applicant.
    • MS in Accounting: Letters of recommendation from two persons who can attest to the academic potential for graduate study and personal character of the applicant, one of which must be completed by a faculty member. In addition, each writer must complete and submit the recommendation form.
    • The Office of Admissions does not require a particular form for letters of recommendation. If you already have a digital placement file established through an online vendor such as Interfolio, or if you are a Geneseo alumnus with a graduation date of 2012 or earlier and had established a placement file with the SUNY Geneseo Department of Career Development before you graduated, you need to contact either Interfolio or the Department of Career Development, respectively, to facilitate the transfer of your placement file to the Office of Admissions.
  6. Essay
    • Reading and Literacy B-12 program only: In one to two double-spaced pages, state why you are interested in this particular program, what you hope to gain from it, and why you believe you are well suited for it. Be sure to briefly share your current beliefs on literacy and learning and any key experiences that shaped those beliefs.
  7. Proof of New York State initial certification or equivalent certification from another state
    • All Education programs:
      • The Ella Cline Shear School of Education offers graduate programs leading to professional certification.  Applicants must have earned an initial teaching certificate.
      • If a copy of your teaching certificate is not available by the deadline, and you are NOT a SUNY Geneseo undergraduate, you must submit documentation from your undergraduate institution stating what certification you will earn and when. You must have earned your certification before you begin our master’s degree program.
  8. Waivers
    • All Education programs: Applicants who do not meet the GPA or Test Score application requirements above may apply for a waiver. Since our education programs are registered with the New York State Education Department, we can only accept students who hold initial certification.
    • MS in Accounting: The GMAT requirement is waived for applicants who satisfy both of the following:
      • Earned, or expect to earn prior to entering our program, an accounting bachelor's degree within the last five years from an AACSB-accredited institution.
      • Achieved a cumulative GPA or 3.20 or greater.

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.

A complete application for Non-Degree status must include:

  1. Completed online application
    • Complete the online application
    • Upload application materials. Once you've completed and submitted your online application for admission, we will process it and mail your application acknowledgment letter. Your application acknowledgment letter will contain details about how to log in and upload your application materials to our Dropbox. The Dropbox will not be available for uploading application materials until you have received your Login ID and PIN from us.
  2. $50 application fee payable to SUNY Geneseo
    • We accept payment by check, money order, debit and credit card. You may pay online using a credit or debit card.
    • We accept debit and credit card payments over the phone by calling 585-245-5040.
    • Send checks and money orders to the address at the top of this page.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education attended
    • If you are a SUNY Geneseo student or alumnus, the Office of Admissions will obtain your transcript for you. If you have transferred credit to the institution you received your degree from and it appears on your transcript, we do not need a transcript from the transfer institution.
    • All education admits must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  4. A brief explanation of the purpose for seeking enrollment

Periodic advisement with the Director of Graduate Studies 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 completed prior to application be used to meet degree requirements.

Non-Matriculated Students

A non-matriculated student is one who is admitted for the purpose of completing 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 accepted to non-matriculated status only once. To be considered for this status, an applicant must complete the Graduate Non-Matriculated Application and submit undergraduate transcripts at the time of registration. The application must be accompanied by the respective Graduate Registration Form.

  • 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 send all items to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Application Deadlines

Applications will not be processed until all required materials are submitted. Materials can be hand-delivered, mailed, emailed, or faxed.

Education Program Application Deadlines

  • April 1 - recommended for Summer Session I and Fall admittance*
  • April 1 - required for an assistantship
  • June 1 - recommended for Summer Session II admittance*
  • November 1 - recommended for Spring admittance*

*Applications received after the published deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

MS in Accounting Application Deadlines

  • September 1 - Early Action (non-binding) for Fall admittance
  • June 1 - Regular Decision for Fall admittance*

*We employ a rolling admissions policy. Applications received after the published deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

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 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 which 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 Graduate Enrollment Coordinator. 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 letter of admission. Those who wish to postpone the beginning of their program are not required to make 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 above deadline in order to receive timely consideration. Early application is advised for students seeking financial assistance.

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