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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]


Graduate Admission as a Degree Student

Admission to a graduate program or certificate at SUNY Oswego is limited to those students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. In addition, the application and credentials must receive a favorable recommendation for admission from the appropriate departmental admissions committee and have approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Applicants will receive notification of their application from the Graduate Office.

SUNY Oswego uses an online application system that allows you to save an application in progress. Your application will be reviewed when all components have been completed and submitted. Admission requirements are outlined below:

  1. The graduate application requires all candidates to provide contact information, educational history, and professional history.
  2. All programs also require a purpose statement, a professional resume, two letters of recommendation, a paid application fee, and official transcripts
  3. Additional program-specific requirements may include test scores from GMAT or GRE, a written program document, an art portfolio, proof of educational certification, or an advisement meeting.
  4. International students must submit results from an English Proficiency Test. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 is required; however, some programs require higher scores. (Check the Table of Requirements link below.)

View Table of Requirements for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs  

Graduate Admission as a Non-Degree Student

Graduate students who wish to take graduate or undergraduate courses without entering a degree program may be admitted as non-degree students. Students must complete the online Non-Degree Application. Students must also submit an unofficial transcript when applying that shows evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A copy can be mailed to: Office of Graduate Studies; 606 Culkin Hall, SUNY Oswego; Oswego, NY 13126 or an electronic copy may be sent to: gradtranscripts@oswego.edu.

  • All course prerequisites must be met before being permitted to register.
  • No more than nine credit hours of work completed prior to admission to a degree program will be allowed.
  • No more than six credit hours may be transferred from other institutions into a degree program at SUNY Oswego.
  • It is recommended that students who are considering entering a degree program and choose to take non-degree courses seek advice from the department where the degree is offered.