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.
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 2016 semester and have graduated from an undergraduate program between May 2015 and Feburary 2016. 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.
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 an essay explaining their objectives in applying for graduate study and including a brief personal statement. Please view the list of Graduate Degree Programs to see required essay length.
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.
GRE and GMAT:
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