Central Connecticut State University




Graduate Admissions


Central Connecticut State University welcomes advanced-level applicants with a broad range of abilities, interests, and backgrounds. Students are admitted to either full-time (nine hours or more) or part-time (eight hours or less) study. Applications are accepted for both the fall and spring semesters. (Some programs have summer matriculation.)

To be considered for full-time or part-time admission, applicants should submit the completed Application for Graduate Admission to the University, accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50. Students may apply online at www.ccsu.edu/grad.  The Application for Admission is also available upon request or may be obtained in a number of campus offices. As part of the application and admission process, an applicant must request that official undergraduate and graduate transcripts be submitted directly to the Graduate Admission Office, located in Davidson Hall, Room 115, from every institution at which courses were taken, except Central Connecticut State University. Failure to identify on the application form all institutions attended, or to have transcripts sent from each of them, may be considered sufficient reason for non-admission or for subsequent dismissal from the graduate program. Applicants who have attended Central Connecticut State University must list all dates of attendance so their official record can be appropriately evaluated. All academic credentials submitted by an applicant become part of the studentís permanent file at the University and cannot be returned.

Many graduate programs have established additional admission requirements beyond the minimum requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Prospective applicants should consult the program description section of this catalog, or the graduate website at www.ccsu.edu/grad , to determine the requirements of the program to which they are applying. Such program-specific admission standards may include a higher minimum cumulative average; an undergraduate major or its equivalent in the program for which admission is sought; scores from the Advanced Test of Graduate School Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT); evidence of language proficiency; and additional evidence of admissibility, such as letters of reference, statements of goals and objectives, personal interviews. If so required by the program of application, applicants must provide the additional evidence of admissibility directly to the department.

Further, some programs can accept only a limited number of qualified applicants and may review admission files only at certain times of the year.

Applicants to all programs are urged to consult the appropriate program description, the School of Graduate Studies, the graduate website, or the department chair to assure that all special admission requirements are met.
Admissions requirements are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadlines. It is strongly recommended that applicants apply for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by November 1. However, unless other programmatic deadlines have been set, all applications must be received no later than July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
It is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials one year before the semester they wish to begin their program to ensure adequate time for processing visa applications and for making other arrangements. However, all international applications must be received no later than May 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. (A March 1 deadline exists for the programs that allow summer matriculation.)

Please note that some programs have established earlier deadlines or admit students only once per year.

International Students. International applicants must meet all regular requirements for admission (including such tests as the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test when required). In addition, applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), when required, and provide a Declaration of Finance form, which documents financial responsibility. Qualified applicants who cannot demonstrate financial responsibility will not be admitted. Presently financial aid is not available for non-U.S. students. A limited number of graduate assistantships may be available to students who are available for on-campus interviews and/or who have successfully completed a semester of graduate study at Central Connecticut State University.

International applicants must submit the following in addition to the application form, application fee, official transcripts and records of undergraduate and graduate studies, and any program-specific application requirements:

(1) two letters of academic and character reference;
(2) a Declaration of Finance form, which is provided to international applicants and includes provisions for indicating and verifying financial capability and responsibility (not applicable for students in programs that are completed entirely on-line);
(3) translations of academic records produced and verified by the educational institution in the home country, or by a U.S. academic credential evaluation agency, if such materials are not in English;
(4) proof of competency in English as indicated by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of no less than 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT), unless waived by the University.

Information about the TOEFL test is available from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6154, USA. An undergraduate academic degree from a U.S. institution of higher education or from an overseas institution where the primary medium of instruction is English may be considered as proof of English competency. Central Connecticut State University reserves the right to require additional evidence of competency or to require that students admitted to graduate programs take courses to develop their English language skills. Decisions regarding the need for such courses will be made by the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in conjunction with the studentís advisor and appropriate staff from the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education.

Central Connecticut State University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant, permanent resident students, provided they meet all admission standards. These students will be required to submit proof of immigration status.

Intensive English Language Program. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers dynamic English language instruction to international students, faculty, foreign professionals, and other non-native English speakers. The Intensive English Language Program includes highly participatory instruction in reading, writing, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and speaking. Students are placed in the appropriate level, based primarily on the results of a placement exam which is administered the first day of the course. The IELP also administers an institutional TOEFL test five times per year.

Registration for these courses is done directly through the IELP office in the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education, Barnard Hall.

Please contact the office at 832-3376 for application, course scheduling, or other information.

Re-Admission of Former Students. Students who wish to be considered for re-admission after one year of being withdrawn as a full-time student from a graduate program must be reactivated by completing a Request for Reactivation form. After two years of not being registered for classes, graduate students will be notified that they are in danger of becoming inactive and being dropped from their program, unless they register for courses in the next semester. Once students are made inactive, they must reapply and pay a re-enrollment fee of $50 to continue in the program. Any semesters in which the student has not taken course work still fall within the six-year time limit for completing the graduate degree program. Only students in good standing (3.00 graduate GPA or higher) are considered for reenrollment. Students may request file reactivation or reenrollment when their program has not been completed.

If a former student wishes to enter a program other than the one to which she or he was originally accepted and completed, a new application (including the application fee and official transcripts from any additional institutions) must be filed. Good standing status on the accumulated graduate record (3.00 or higher GPA) also applies to such students.

Admission for a graduate program is based on the applicantís academic record. Masterís degree applicants must hold a bachelorís degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The undergraduate record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and successfully pursue studies in a graduate field. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work is required. (Some programs require a cumulative GPA above the 2.70, as well as other additional materials. Students are advised to check additional materials required by departments.)
For those students who apply to the School of Graduate Studies and do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), the quality points of credits for courses taken at the graduate level will be added to the quality points of the undergraduate GPA to compute the total GPA to determine if the required 2.70 has been met. Along with the overall 2.70, it is expected that students meet the requirement of a 3.00 GPA for their graduate or post-baccalaureate course work.

When applicable, evidence of successful completion of a masterís degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA, on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), will admit the student to the School of Graduate Studies, and the undergraduate GPA will not be counted.

Applicants to the Ed.D. program and to Sixth-Year Certificates in Educational Leadership and in Reading must hold masterís degrees and bachelorís degrees from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. The academic record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and successfully pursue studies in the graduate field. Each program has its own requirements. Applicants are advised to consult the program description sections of this catalog or the graduate website about specific application requirements relevant to the graduate program.

Other Post-Masterís Study. Students wishing to develop a program of study in other fields beyond the masterís may request admission to a 30-credit planned program of post-masterís study in an available area of interest. All planned programs of post-masterís study, with the exception of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Sixth-Year Certificates in Educational Leadership and in Reading, are non-degree programs and are provided in a limited number of fields. Admission to programs of post-masterís study is limited to students who hold an appropriate masterís degree and, if applicable, the appropriate Connecticut teaching certificate or who present other evidence of advanced course work in the field of study. Acceptance is based on performance at the masterís degree level (minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 scale where A=4.00). Additional admission requirements are described in the program descriptions section of this catalog.

Official Certificate Programs (OCP) are academic programs of study that have been designed for those interested in developing expertise in a particular field of study. These do not lead to degrees and requirements are individually prescribed dependent on the program. The Graduate Application form lists the OCP that are available. Applicants are advised to consult the program description sections of this catalog to determine specific requirements for each of the programs.

Teacher Certification Programs. Central Connecticut State University offers programs of preparation for teacher certification at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Consistent with state requirements for the undergraduate academic preparation of teachers, only those applicants who present at least a 2.70 (B-) undergraduate cumulative average may be considered for admission to a certification program at the graduate level.

After admission to the graduate program, a student seeking acceptance to the Professional Program in the School of Education and Professional Studies is required to submit a separate application and accompanying documents for review by the Office of the Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, and the respective department. The application must be submitted by September 10 (for fall consideration) or by February 10 (for spring consideration) of the semester in which the student is first eligible. (Note: These dates and processes differ for applicants to the Summer through Summer Program in Elementary Education and accelerated programs for teacher certification in mathematics or Spanish. Applicants should consult directors of these programs.) An eligible student is someone who has: been admitted to the graduate program; completed or is enrolled in no less than six credits of post-baccalaureate course work at CCSU; met special departmental requirements; and passed the basic skills examination for prospective teachers (Praxis I or the Pre-Professional Skills Test-PPST) or received an official waiver.

A complete application for the Professional Program in Education includes two letters of recommendation from persons able to testify to the candidateís suitability as a prospective teacher; an essay which demonstrates a command of the English language, describing in written narrative the reasons for wanting to enroll in the Professional Program and emphasizing experiences which are relevant to teaching; verification of a satisfactory Praxis I or the PPST test completion or an official waiver; a copy of the letter of admission to the graduate program; and a signed copy of the official planned program of graduate study.

The student is responsible for presenting a complete application packet to the Assistant Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies (Barnard Hall 248).

Students admitted for graduate study, but not yet admitted to the Professional Program for teacher certification, develop, with their assigned advisor, a planned program of required courses. The length of the planned program depends on the undergraduate preparation of the student. Most students must devote the equivalent of at least two years or more of full-time study in order to complete undergraduate coursework and professional education, including student teaching, in areas of study required for certification.

Students must be accepted to the Professional Program before registering for student teaching. Those requesting student teaching in the fall semester must submit student teaching applications by March 1 of the preceding spring semester. Applicants requesting student teaching in the spring semester must apply by October 1 of the preceding fall semester.

Additional information about the requirements for entry into the Professional Program may be obtained from the Office of the Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies (Barnard Hall 248). Student teaching applications and information are available in the Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching (Barnard Hall 309).

An applicant for graduate study in masterís or some Official Certificate Programs who does not meet regular admission standards, but has an undergraduate GPA between 2.40 and 2.69, may be considered for conditional admission when the department of application has agreed in advance to make this option available to prospective students. The conditional admission program is an arrangement which allows students to demonstrate the ability to perform successfully in a graduate degree program. The conditional admission plan is available only in a limited number of fields by departmental agreement.
Conditional admission does not apply to graduate study in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Sixth-Year Certificate programs in educational leadership and reading, and advanced OCP.
Students admitted conditionally, where appropriate, are notified of pre-admission requirements. When any course requirements set forth are completed with grades of B or better and conditions are met with a GPA of at least 3.00, the academic advisor must then recommend full acceptance to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Applicants who are denied admission to a graduate program at Central Connecticut State University may request a review of this decision. Such requests must be made in writing to the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and should include additional academic information (such as scores from standardized tests, grades in very recent courses, or letters of recommendation from instructors) which was not submitted with the original application. The dean will first consult the department offering the program for reconsideration of the applicant. Depending on the nature of the appeal, further consultation may be made with an appropriate designee of the academic school or the department chair of the relevant program before making a decision. The dean, School of Graduate Studies, will notify the student of her decision in writing. If an unfavorable decision is rendered, the applicant may request that the appeal be sent to the Graduate Standing Appeals Subcommittee of Graduate Studies.



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