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Graduate Application Procedures

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a graduate degree at Southern Connecticut State University!

Our goal is to make the application process as straightforward as possible. You’re invited to connect with us at any time to discuss any questions or concerns you may have throughout the application process.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will share all application documents with each graduate program’s admission committee once we have received all required parts of your application.

COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION

All applicants for graduate study are required to submit their applications online. A $50 application fee must be submitted before your application will be considered complete.

Create an Account
Access the online application and follow prompts to create a username and password. If you already receive information from Southern Connecticut State University you already have an account to retrieve your information, use the “forgot your User Name or Password?” link. 

Complete and Submit Your Application
Complete each section of the application thoroughly. Click the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of each page to save your progress. Required questions are marked with an asterisk. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all materials and documentation for the application file are complete.

Applicants may view the status of their applications through the Graduate Admissions Portal. You will see a confirmation page and receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted successfully.

You may request an appointment with the Graduate Program Coordinator of the graduate program to which you have applied after you have been notified that your application file is complete.

SUBMIT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Recommendation Forms
When you fill out your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for those providing recommendations. An automated email will be sent to them providing them with a link to use to upload your recommendation(s). No letters of recommendation are to be mailed/emailed in to us, they will not be accepted in hard copy. You may change/remind your recommenders through the Graduate Admissions Portal.

Official Transcripts
Graduate students are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended. To be considered official, we must receive the transcript directly from the institution (excluding International transcripts) either by mail or through electronic delivery. SCSU requires official transcripts of all previous academic work from every college or university attended from which overall undergraduate and graduate grade point averages can be calculated. The cumulative grade point average for all undergraduate courses at each institution will be used in the calculation of the undergraduate grade point average. The same process of considering grades of all graduate courses is used to calculate the overall graduate grade point average.

Applicants applying to Southern’s graduate programs, who participated in a Southern supported study-abroad program while enrolled as an undergraduate, may have their international credit evaluated by the Office of International Education, in lieu of having a transcript evaluation performed by a NACES member evaluation agency.

Mail official transcripts to:
Office of Graduate Admissions Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 8057
Portsmouth, NH 03802

For documents that require a signature for receipt (ie, Fedexed documents due to deadlines), mail to:
Southern Connecticut State University
Office of Graduate Admissions 
501 Crescent Street, WT 107 
New Haven, CT 06515

For institutions that send e-Transcripts via Parchment, eScrip-Safe or Clearinghouse, send to: GradDocs@SouthernCT.edu

Other Documents
Some programs require additional application documents such as writing samples, additional letters of recommendation, resumes, or graduate entrance exam scores. These documents may be uploaded directly through the Portal once your application has been submitted. Please check with the Office of Graduate Admissions for information related to these other documents.

Resident aliens must provide a copy of their alien registration cards to the Office of Graduate Admissions or upload a copy (both sides) through the Graduate Admissions Portal.

International Students
The graduate admission process is a collaborative effort between the Office of Graduate Admissions (which processes the online application) and the Office of International Education  (which processes the International Student Enrollment Form and assists with immigration procedures). 

International students are subject to all requirements for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and all program requirements. In addition, to be considered for admission, each international applicant must submit a completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form and meet the following requirements:

  • Hold the foreign equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an undergraduate grade point average of at least "B." (On various grading scales this would be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, 14 on a 20 point scale, 80.0 from Chinese institutions, 1st Class or Division from Indian institutions, and upper 2nd Class Honors from British systems. Other grading systems will be evaluated on receipt of transcripts and certified evaluation of those transcripts.)
  • Present certified copies and certified English translations of all academic achievements in each college or university attended. A diploma is not sufficient. The complete record of courses and marks earned and/or record of subjects and examination results must be received. Documents presented by applicants must detail the award of either a bachelor 's degree or equivalent or a graduate degree.
  • Provide a certified evaluation of foreign transcripts and credentials (course by course with grades) from World Education Services; Josef Silny & Associates Evaluators, Inc.; Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.; or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc.  Applicants may utilize other agencies, provided they are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), in doing so the applicant assumes all risk of using an agency other than World Education Services; Josef Silny & Associates Evaluators, Inc.; Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.; and Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. Applicants are responsible for payment of fees charged by these agencies.

Specific Graduate Admissions inquiries can be emailed to:
Dr. Lisa Galvin
Director of Graduate Admissions 
GradAdmissions@SouthernCT.edu

Specific immigration- and visa-related inquiries can be emailed to: 
Michael Schindel
Assistant Director of the Office of International Education
SchindelM1@SouthernCT.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applicants are urged to submit the completed application and credentials well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. Applying and completing your file by the deadlines will give you priority consideration for admission, and for some programs incomplete applications will not be considered after the deadline. Although the Office of Graduate Admissions has a rolling admissions process for the fall and spring terms, many departments have established application deadlines for their programs. Those who are applying for programs that include teacher certification should allow a minimum of six months from receipt of application to admission.

UPON ADMISSION ACCEPTANCE

Although many graduate programs send departmental letters of acceptance to applicants, no student is officially accepted by the Office of Graduate Admissions until he or she receives a letter of acceptance from the Director of Graduate Admissions. All admitted students must accept their admission to the university. Full-time students must accept their admission and pay a $200 deposit. Students who are admitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions and who do not register for courses for the term for which they are admitted, are automatically withdrawn and will need to reapply.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Financing Your Graduate Education
Southern Connecticut State University has made financial literacy a priority by helping graduate students pay for their education.  Students who are planning to apply for financial aid should pay particular attention to deadlines for submission of financial aid forms and deadlines for matriculation.

Financial Aid - The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists students on how to apply for financial aid and understand the types of aid.

Financial Advising -Southern Connecticut State University has made financial literacy a priority by helping students pay for college. The Office of Financial Literacy and Advising will assist students will learn payment plan options as well as financial aid and scholarship opportunities through one-on-one advising, presentations and resources.

Scholarships - Any graduate student with 9 completed graduate credits at Southern may apply for available scholarships. You will be automatically matched to any scholarship whose criteria you meet.

Graduate Housing
Housing for graduate students is available. For more information regarding graduate housing options, visit Residence Life

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click here to view frequently asked questions  regarding the graduate admissions process.

For additional information and policies, please consult the Graduate Catalog.

Note: Applicants who have a pending application for a given term after 3pm on the first day of class will have their applications withdrawn. Applicants for programs OTHER THAN Marriage and Family Therapy (this program does not allow for applications to be moved and the applicant must reapply) who wish their applications to be considered for a future term, up to a year from the term of the original application, may request in writing to graddocs@southernct.edu that their application and materials be moved forward. This request must be made no later than the first day of classes for original term. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure requirements have not changed from the time of original application to the new term.