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Requirements for Admission

Applicants for admission to a graduate degree program must meet at least two minimal requirements:

  1. Possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or have evidence of equivalency if a degree was awarded at a foreign institution of higher education.
  2. Demonstrate potential for graduate work, ordinarily by having maintained a "B" average during undergraduate study and/or previous graduate study.
  3. PELA

Additional prerequisite requirements, standards for admission, and evidence of suitability for advanced study are required by individual programs.

Admission Criteria for Graduate Programs

A.C.T. 1


Individuals who are seeking K-12 certification must have earned a bachelor's degree in the major area for which they are applying. For example, a teacher of English must have a bachelor's degree in English. In addition, a passing score on the Praxis II Subject Assessment Tests and a minimum GPA of 2.75 are required before admission.


Individuals who are seeking elementary teacher K-5 certification must have earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts or pure sciences, or have successfully completed at least 60 liberal arts credits. In addition, she or he must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and have passed the Praxis Test in Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects before admission.

A.C.T. 2

An individual who is seeking admission to A.C.T. 2 must be a teacher who is currently certified or have completed A.C.T. 1 to be eligible to enroll in A.C.T. 2 for an additional certificate, Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

A certified teacher applying for additional endorsement in Teacher of Students with Disabilities must submit a copy of their initial certification.

M.A. in Education

Individuals who are seeking a M.A. in Education must be a certified professional educator. In addition, she or he must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Individuals who are seeking a M.A. in Educational Leadership must submit:

  • Evidence indicating possession of a standard teaching certificate
  • Evidence indicating three years of exemplary certified teaching experience
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation from school(s) of employment
  • Evidence of academic accomplishment

In addition, she or he must successfully complete a personal interview.

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Individuals who are applying for admission must present the documents listed below to a selection committee comprised of Department of Education faculty. This committee will access the documentation based upon the New Jersey Professional Standards for School Leaders (NJPSSL):

  • An M.A. in Educational Leadership or related field.
  • Evidence of leadership experience, including Certification as Principal and/or Supervisor
  • A record of outstanding academic success in prior graduate work including official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended
  • Writing ability, as evidenced by a professional or academic document or publication.
  • One letter of recommendation from a college/university professor attesting to candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work in the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to professional competency (in addition to the one letter from a college/university professor).

The final step in the admission process will be a successful interview with a faculty committee.

In addition, accepted candidates are required to complete a leadership self-assessment and meet the minimum Technology Standards for School Administrators (based upon a College selected assessment).

M.S. in Health Administration

Computer literacy is vital for successful completion of the program. Students who need to increase their computer competency should speak to the director about options for obtaining the necessary computer skill level.

M.A. in Justice Administration & Public Service

Applicants must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 average or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • A record of academic success in prior undergraduate courses;
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's ability to perform a high level of academic work as a self-directed learner and to his/her good character. One letter should be from someone who has worked with or supervised the candidate;
  • A successful interview with a faculty member in person or via phone or webcam;
  • A writing sample will be submitted by the student at the time of the interview;
  • Demonstrated competence in technical knowledge as it relates to participating successfully in the online environment.

M.S. in Management

Candidates with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than management or business are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they may be required to take one or more undergraduate courses as prerequisites to satisfy admissions criteria and/or prerequisites for courses. In particular, Principals of Management (BUS 211) or its equivalent is a program prerequisite.

M.S. in Nursing

Applicants must complete the following prerequisites before admission to the program:

  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse and have a minimum of two years work experience in clinical nursing.
  • Have completed undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research and physical assessment.
  • Computer skills - proficiency in word processing, email and library online searches.
  • Meet health requirements of the Nursing Program.
  • Submit a personal statement, resume and two letters of professional recommendation.
  • Complete a successful personal interview.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must score 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) or higher on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Programs and courses taken at colleges in countries outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) for a course-by-course evaluation.

M.S. in Nutrition

Individuals seeking direct admission to the graduate program in Nutrition must hold a baccalaureate degree in nutrition, foods, or dietetics from an accredited undergraduate institution. Other individuals with an undergraduate degree in other areas are encouraged to apply with the understanding that they may be required to take various undergraduate courses as prerequisites to satisfy the admissions criteria.

Generally, applicants must have achieved a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Students who have background and potential for success but whose GPA is less than 3.0 may be admitted to the graduate program on a provisional basis.

Option A

Applicants pursuing Option A who have completed a supervised practice program must submit verification of completing that program before starting the graduate program.

Students who apply to the graduate program under Option A but who have completed their supervised practice program in dietetics at another institution must have completed their experience at a college or university-based program in order to receive transfer credits. Transfer credit will only be given if graduate credit was received for this experience. Supervised practice programs may vary extensively in program format/structure, lecture content and clinical practice program's emphasis. It is because of these variations that the Admission Committee will evaluate each student's supervised practice program transcript on an individual basis.

Students must be able to provide an official transcript, a catalog description, and a course outline. in addition, students may be asked to submit samples of their work completed during the supervised program as part of the review process.

Option B/Option C

Applicants pursuing Option B or C whose undergraduate degree is in an area non-related to nutrition may be required to complete graduate course prerequisites prior to being matriculated into the program. Students may, however, take 10 credits toward their graduate degree program while concurrently completing their prerequisites. this may be done only with the permission of the director of the program.

The prerequisites for the graduate program in Nutrition include the following: Introductory and organic chemistry, biochemistry, statistics, physiology, and advanced nutrition. Transfer of credit into the graduate program (other than Supervised Practice Program credit) will be subject to evaluation and approval by the Program Director. All transfer credits must carry a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). A maximum of nine credits total (both supervised practice and other graduate credit) will be accepted in transfer. All courses in the Multidisciplinary Core must be taken at CSE.

Dietetic Internship Program

Applicants to the Dietetic Internship (DI) must follow the procedures described in the DI application packet, including the instructions for participating in the computer matching process.

Application materials must be submitted directly to the DI office as outlined in the application materials; the process is separate from other graduate program admissions. Individuals interested in applying, should contact the DI Director with any questions.

Interns are matched with the program through the national matching process for the April match. All students matched to the DI must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or foreign equivalent and a Verification Statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), meeting requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Final acceptance into the program is based on the ability of the applicant to meet all admission criteria, health and medial requirements, proof of medical insurance, and student health care background clearance.

Graduate Programs in Psychology

Graduate programs in Psychology are coeducational. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree, with a minimum of 12 credits in psychology, which includes:

  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology (Child Development, Adolescent Development, Adult Development or Life Span Development course)
  • Theories of Personality and Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology)
  • Elementary Statistics and Experimental Psychology are prerequisite courses for PSY 63: Research Methods and Advanced Statistics

The baccalaureate degree must be from an accredited undergraduate institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Students will be invited for an interview based on their academic achievement, letters of reference, personal statement and relevant experiences. The interview will include a case review and a standardized personality assessment. Transfer of credit into the graduate program will be subject to evaluation and approval by the program director.

All graduate transfer credits must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A maximum of 10 transfer credits will be accepted for the master's in counseling psychology program.

M.A. in Theology

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of a least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Transfer of credits in theology will be subject to evaluation and approval by the program director. All transfer graduate credits must carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Each candidate will have a personal interview with the Director of the M.A. in Theology program and another faculty member.

How to Apply

Students seeking admission should contact the Office of Admission and should carefully review the admissions requirements for their particular academic program. Full admission refers to acceptance as a matriculated graduate student. Full admission is a formal process which takes approximately two weeks from the time all necessary admission materials have been submitted. Students who do not complete the admission process cannot gain full admission status to the program.

Students with a baccalaureate degree may enroll in course work as non-matriculated students prior to full admission in most programs. Accumulated credit hours completed during the admission process are evaluated at the time of full admission to determine applicability to the degree program being pursued. No more than ten credit hours of advanced standing will be accepted at the time of full admission. Upon gaining full admission status, students will be subject to all policy and rule changes affecting their degrees which may differ from those in effect when they commenced course work.

Students whose overall grade point average at application is less than 3.0 and/or have not fully met all other admission criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis at the discretion of the graduate program of study coordinator. A grade of "B" or better must be obtained in two or more graduate courses completed during the period of provisional acceptance to gain full admission.

Prospective students must submit the following to the Office of Admission:

The College strongly encourages you to call the Office of Admission to arrange to meet with an admission counselor. Generally, a personal interview will be required. For out-of-state students, a telephone interview may be substituted.

Application Deadlines

The Office of Admissions adheres to a rolling admission policy. It is strongly recommended that all admission materials are submitted at time of application or within 30 days thereof.

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