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Applicants for Matriculation

All students applying for admission as master's matriculants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent, with an undergraduate record indicating good preparation for the proposed area of graduate study. Good preparation is generally interpreted to mean a minimum academic average of B in undergraduate work considered by the department and the Office of Graduate Studies to be relevant to the proposed area of study. If ten years have elapsed since completion of undergraduate work, additional undergraduate courses may be required as a condition of admission.
Applicants must submit an essay explaining their objectives in pursuing graduate study.

Where appropriate, the college will require students to submit medical reports attesting to their ability to enter and complete a program.

Applications for matriculated admission to the Graduate Division are considered on a semestral basis (some programs admit only in the fall semester). Applicants who fail to register in the semester they are admitted must reactivate their applications, which may be reviewed again. Admission to matriculation in one semester does not guarantee admission in a subsequent semester. Applicants who fail to register and subsequently are admitted and register in a later semester must fulfill the degree or certificate requirements in effect in the semester of registration.

A student whose undergraduate preparation is less than fully adequate may be admitted to matriculation with conditions, which take effect in the first semester of attendance. Unless otherwise indicated, these conditions must be removed within one year, or before proceeding beyond 12 credits of graduate work, whichever comes sooner. Under certain circumstances, students with an undergraduate average marginally below B may be matriculated with the condition of probation. A student admitted on probation must achieve a B (3.0) average in the first 12 credits of graduate work. Students admitted on probation who fail to attain fully matriculated status after completing 12 graduate credits will not be permitted to continue. 

Application Fee

A check or U.S. Post Office Money Order, payable to Queens College, for $125 needs to be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, with the Payment Voucher form, for your application. Write your address and CUNY ID number (if you have one) on the check or money order. The application fee is nonrefundable. Your application will not be processed without payment.
The $125 application fee is waived for Queens College graduates who are applying for the spring 2015 semester and have graduated from an undergraduate program between May 2014 and February 2015. After submitting your application submit the Payment Voucher, noting your date, or anticipated date, of graduation, to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The $125 application fee is waived for all U.S. veterans and active duty military. Please attach proof of your veteran/military status to your online application.


U.S. Institutions:
All transcripts should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcript must be received from every previously attended post-secondary college/university. All transcripts must be official, and dated within the past six months.
International Institutions (Foreign Transcripts/Educational Credentials):
All transcripts should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, using the Transcripts/Marksheet Request Form for Institutions Abroad on the Applying to a Graduate Program page. Educational records must be received from every previously attended post-secondary institution(s)–universities, colleges, institutes, and/or polytechnics. All transcripts must be official, and dated within the past six months. It is your responsibility to have your educational records from abroad sent as soon as possible. This documentation must be sent directly from the foreign institution to the Queens College Graduate Admissions Office. Any university/college transcripts (grade reports/official attested university mark-sheets/releves des notes/index book/notas) that pass through a student's hands are not acceptable.


Applicants must write and submit a 500-word essay explaining their objectives in applying for graduate study and including a brief personal statement.


-Applicants for the School Building Leader program must submit a 1,000-word essay.

-Applicants for the History program must discuss why they would like to study in the program, specifically what areas of history interest them, any professors they would like to work with, or any courses they would like to take. Essay must not exceed 750 words.

Letters of Reference

Some departments/programs may require letters of reference. Please view the list of Graduate Degree Programs to see if the program you are applying to requires letters of reference and how many. The recommenders who will be submitting reference letters on your behalf may send their letters to our Graduate Admissions Office electronically through the online application or they may submit hard copies of their reference letter via post mail. For the recommenders who wish to submit a paper copy of their reference letter via mail, please download and print a copy of our reference form here.  


Some departments/programs may require an admissions interview. Please view the list of Graduate Degree Programs to see if the program you are applying to requires an interview. The department you are applying to will contact you directly if an interview is necessary.

Test Scores

Some departments/programs may require the GRE or GMAT. Please view the list of Graduate Degree Programs to see if the program you are applying to requires GRE or GMAT score.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Test System (IELTS):
Individuals whose native language is not English and whose post-secondary education was not in English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Test System (IELTS). Applicants who score below a 100 on the TOEFL IBT, or below a 7 on the IELTS,
will be required to register for the Graduate English as a Second Language (GESL) course during the first semester. Please view the list of Graduate Degree Programs to see the score required.

The following persons may be exempt from taking the TOEFL/IELTS:

  • Applicants who have passed the Queens College ELI Final Exam, Level VI with a score of 100 or better and are applying to programs that require a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 61 or a minimum IELTS score of 5. Exception: Applicants to programs that require a TOEFL score of 79, or higher or require an IELTS score of 6 or higher, are not exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Applicants who have received a bachelor's degree in the United States. (Other criteria may apply, as determined by academic departments or the Director of Graduate Admissions.)
    Please note: TOEFL or the IELTS is also required of applicants from Bangladesh, Canada (if educated in Quebec), Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa (unless English is the first language), and Sri Lanka.

General testing information:
Obtain applicable GRE or TOEFL test scores from the Educational Testing System (ETS), GMAT scores from the Graduate Management Admission Council and IELTS from the International English Language Testing System.

For information about those exams, click here.

The Institutional Code Number for Queens College is 2750.

Commitment Tuition Deposit 

All accepted students are required to pay a non-refundable $250 Commitment Tuition Deposit. The Commitment Tuition Deposit enables each student to confirm enrollment to the program to which s/he has been offered admission and will be applied to the first semester tuition charges.

Once accepted, you must mail your completed enrollment form to the Office of Graduate Admissions along with a check or money order, payable to Queens College. Please note that it is non-refundable and cannot be applied to future semesters.

Visa and Immigration Status for International Students

Students seeking Student Visa (F-1, F-2) and/or Scholar Visa (J-1, J-2), international students, scholars, and their dependents are required to obtain or maintain F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 U.S. Student and Scholar Visa and Immigration Status prior to enrolling at the college.

For procedures, please contact:

The Queens College International Students and Scholars Office
Student Union, Room 327,
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367
718-997-4440 (phone)
718-997-4429 (fax)




Individuals who hold a degree in Accounting from Queens College, and have an overall GPA and a major GPA of 3.2 or greater, will not be required to submit GMAT, letters of reference, or essay with their admissions package. Individuals who hold a degree in Accounting from another CUNY college and have an overall GPA and a major GPA of 3.2 or greater are exempt only from the GMAT.

Art Education, AC and MSEd
You must submit a 15-slide portfolio of your work. These must include at least two drawings, and a variety of media i.e.:  painting, printmaking and/or sculpture or 3D design. A CD Rom in JPEG format is also acceptable. On an accompanying page you must provide the following information for each slide:
·                        Title (if any)
·                        Size
·                        Medium
·                        Date
Include a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage for the material to be returned. Original artwork will not be accepted and will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications without a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be considered. These materials are due at the Graduate Admissions Office at the same time all other materials are submitted. Admission is competitive, and the submission dates will not be extended.

Art History

Applicants must describe their proficiency in reading foreign languages within the 500-word essay. The GRE score is not required for admission, but if desired by the applicant, the score may be submitted and will be considered as part of the admissions credentials.

Art Studio (MFA)

All applicants to the Master of Fine Arts program must submit a CD (or DVD) with creative work samples and an inventory list to the Art Department by the Graduate Admission deadline. You must include 15 work samples. If your work is primarily video, then submit one complete video (up to 30 minutes) along with four five-minute samplings of other video works.
Label your CD with your name. (Do not use adhesive labels.) Work sample files must be titled LastName_FirstName_TwoDigitNumber.jpg. (e.g., Doe_Jane_02.jpg) and should be 1024 x 768 pixels or no more than 1024 pixels in height or width. Videos must be presented in Quick Time format. An inventory list of the work samples must include your name and the title, size, medium and date of each work. This Word document file must be titled "LastName_FirstName_Inventory.doc". A URL with additional work samples for all candidates is optional and can be added to your inventory list.
A copy of the essay you submit in the online application as well as a copy of your resume should also be included on the CD or DVD you submit.
Checklist for contents of CD or DVD to send directly to the MFA Advisor by mail:
1.                  work samples in JPG format
2.                  inventory list of work samples
3.                  copy of essay that was submitted online
4.                  current resume
Send these materials directly to:
MFA Advisor, Art Department
Klapper Hall, Room 172
Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597

Materials from accepted candidates will be retained for analysis and discussion. Others will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage.

Bilingual Education Extension (7-12), Adv Cert

Applicants must prove proficient in a second language. Acceptable evidence of bilingual proficiency includes one of the following:


            a.       Undergraduate or graduate transcript to show sufficient and satisfactory coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or above in the language for which they are seeking an extension

           b.       Diploma or transcript of years of secondary education in a country where that language was used for academic studies

           c.        A passing score on the NYSTCE Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA) test

                (NYS website:

Other admission requirements for this program are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, completing a major in which they seek certification;
  • New York State Initial Certificate in a secondary level (7-12) subject matter area, such as mathematics, science, social studies, etc. Teachers certified in ESL or in foreign languages are not eligible to apply for this program.
  • At least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in their initial certification program.

Bilingual Extension for Pupil Personnel Programs

In additional to the standard application requirements, applicants to these post-masters programs must provide the following:

*Letter from your school principal stating that you are currently working in your respective discipline while providing bilingual services to students and families

*Copy of your New York State Education Department Certification in your respective discipline

*Copy of Bilingual Extension Assessment examination score report

All applications for these post-masters programs must participate in an admission interview with the program coordinators.

Individuals who hold a degree in biology from Queens College, and have an overall GPA and a major GPA of 3.0 or greater, will not be required to submit GRE with their admissions package.

Educational Leadership
All candidates for the Educational Leadership program may enter as matriculated or nonmatriculated students for the Fall or Spring semester or Summer Session, provided that they meet all entrances requirements:
·                        A minimum of three years of successful full-time teaching experience (e.g., completion of probation, tenure, contract renewal).
·                        A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 from approved post-secondary institutions for both the bachelor's and master's degrees.
·                        A minimum of three letters of recommendation from supervisors and administrators attesting to the applicant's specific leadership skills and experiences (e.g., how the applicant has already contributed administrative or supervisory functions to his/her school, with examples).
·                        An essay of 1,000 words clearly expressing the candidate's reasons and supervisory potential for entrance into the program, detailing his/her skills, talents, knowledge, predispositions, administrative/supervisory experience, and contributions to current school.
·                        A formal interview with at least two members of the full-time faculty in the program.

English – MA
Candidates for the MA English program must submit a writing sample (10-15 pages, double-spaced) in hard copy to the Director of Graduate Studies, English Department, Klapper Hall, Room 607, by the application deadline. The sample should show a mastery of critical writing skills and be on a topic relevant to literary studies.

GRE test scores are not required for admission to the MA English program.

English – Creative Writing
Students applying for an MFA in English–Creative Writing must submit a manuscript (at least 20 pages) of their original work to the Graduate Advisor, English Department, Klapper Hall, Room 607, by the application deadline.
Media Studies 

Candidates for the MA in Media Studies must submit an 800-word, persuasive OpEd-style statement of interests explaining your commitment to media or media studies, and why your goals or accomplishments matter. Consider answering questions such as: 

How are you studying or practicing media, and why does it matter? 

What are you trying to find out or accomplish, and how will it impact others?

What do you want for society or your own community, and how do media enable or undermine that goal?

Has your work already made a difference? Tell us how.

If there are concrete projects or issues you hope to explore, how might a collaborative, interdisciplinary graduate program help you to pursue this work? 

All applicants to the Aaron Copland School of Music must submit the online application for graduate admission, pay the application fee and submit all other required application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Audition and additional requirements are listed below per degree/program:

Auditions are required and held at the college. Submit an audition request form to the Music Office. Visit the school of music website ( to obtain audition request form and audition requirements. Look under "prospective students" tab.

Auditions are required and are held at the college each semester on the major instrument or voice. A short (30-minute) examination in basic music theory is administered on the day of the audition. Submit an audition request form to the Music Office. Visit the school of music website ( to obtain audition request form and audition requirements. Look under "prospective students" tab.

Auditions on the major instrument or voice are required for performers and are held at the college throughout the academic year. Contact advisor Michael Mossman ( to schedule an audition.

Applicants must submit scores and recordings of their work. These works must include compositions and arrangements for large (10- or more piece) ensembles. Send your material to
Michael Mossman, Director of Jazz Studies
Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing NY, 11367

Applicants living overseas or at a considerable distance may send a recorded audition on CD or DVD. DVDs are preferred.
Classical voice only: A live audition is required; no CDs or DVDs will be accepted.

The GRE is required of applicants in music history and music theory. The GRE is not required of applicants in composition.

Music Education
Applicants seeking admission to the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN MUSIC EDUCATION (leading to Initial Certification) must interview with the music education faculty. Contact advisor Richard Sang ( for more information.
Applicants for the Masters in Behavioral Neuroscience and the Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis programs must submit results of the general aptitude Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as well as the results for the advanced test in Psychology.

Please Note: The GRE is not required for the Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis and the Masters in Psychology program.

Psychology-Applied Behavior Analysis-MA
Individuals who hold a master's degree will not be required to submit the GRE with their admissions package.
Please note: The GRE is not required for the Applied Behavior Analysis Advanced Certificate program.

School Psychology

In the admissions essay for the Graduate Program in School Psychology applicants should discuss their interest in school psychology and their reasons for applying to the program. They should provide relevant experiences and qualities that they will bring to the profession of school psychology. Additional information on GPA requirements, reference letters and prerequisite courses can be found at[1].pdf

Further questions can be answered by Diane Mantellino at 718-997-5230 or

Teacher Education
Applicants to Teacher Education Programs who hold New York State teacher certification may apply to MSEd Programs in Education. These applicants must have completed a sequence of academic and professional courses appropriate to teacher certification in New York State, and must include with the application evidence (copies) of New York State provisional or initial certifications held. Those with insufficient background may be admitted under special circumstances. Applicants may consult with the graduate advisor from the individual program involved.
Applicants to Teacher Education Programs
who do not hold New York State teacher certification may apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or the Post-Baccalaureate Advance Certificate programs in Education. These programs are designed for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are interested in the teaching profession.

The MAT programs offer students the option of earning New York State initial certification in Early Childhood Education, B-2, Childhood Education, 1-6, or Dual Certification in Elementary and Special Education, 1-6.

Please note: The GRE is not required for the MSEd or MAT programs in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Applicants for the Special Education program are required to hold a provisional or permanent certification in general education in the age/grade range of the Special Education program for which they are applying [i.e., Early Childhood (Birth-Grad 2), Childhood (Grades 1-6), and Adolescence (Grades 7-12)]. Students applying for the Adolescence Special Education program must hold a certification in teaching within a content area (e.g., mathematics or science). Applicants for the Adolescence Special Education program must also complete a prerequisites worksheet and submit it with their application.

Applicants for the Physical Education program must have completed a bachelor's degree in physical education/teaching, including the completion of student teaching in physical education, and must hold an Initial Certificate in Physical Education (all grades). All other applicants must apply, meeting an early deadline, to the Initial Advanced Certificate Program/Physical Education which requires three letters of recommendation and the added requirement of a "Letter of Intent" as described in the Graduate Bulletin and on the department's web page.


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