Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Submission of a typed Letter of Intent written by the applicant and expressing the applicant’s professional goals as relevant to the program for which application is made;
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned. Official transcripts involve no student intervention and are forwarded directly from the Registrar’s Office of the institution to the Office of Graduate Studies. Transcripts submitted in an admissions package will only be considered “official” if they are received in an envelope bearing the signature of the Registrar across the seal. Canadian students who have attended high school in Ontario should also forward an official high school transcript;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average as indicated within each specific program of study – refer to the individual programs;
  • Submission of a non-refundable $50 (U.S. funds) application processing fee;
  • Specific programs may require additional materials such as letters of recommendation, submission of proof of current teaching certificate consistent with that of the proposed graduate study, and/or other requirements – refer to the Additional Admission Requirements within the specific program of study;
  • Canadian and other international students must provide the following information: certification of finances; and for non-native English speaking candidates a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computerized).

For additional information concerning dates, cost of attendance, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 800-458-1142, ext. 1 or (315) 267-2165 or refer to the Graduate Catalog.

Additional Admission Requirements for MA in English and Communication

  1. Applicants shall have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in
    English, Communication, or Writing from an accredited college or
    university. Outstanding applicants who hold degrees in other areas may
    be admitted, but they should be aware that additional coursework might
    be required.
  2. Submission of three letters of reference, at least two of which shall
    be from undergraduate professors in the academic discipline of the
    baccalaureate degree.
  3. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.00 (A=4.0) in the most recent 60 semester hours of undergraduate study.
  4. A writing sample, preferably a recent essay written for an upper-level
    English or Communication course that shows evidence of scholarly
    research and writing.
  5. Each student must demonstrate competence in a foreign language
    equivalent to that required for the awarding of the Bachelor of Arts
    degree at SUNY Potsdam. 

Admission Application Filing Deadlines
MA in English and Communication program considers applications throughout the year on a rolling basis.  For full consideration, applicants should submit all materials by July 1st for fall admission and December 1st for spring admission.

Admission Review Process
The overall admission process is structured as follows: once a candidate has submitted all of the required application materials, the Office of Graduate Studies will forward the materials to the appropriate School and academic department for an admission decision. The Graduate Admissions Committee of the selected program of study reviews the candidate's application and forwards a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The Dean of Graduate Studies communicates to the prospective graduate candidate the rendered decision.