Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions about our Graduate Program


Q. How do I apply for admission?
A. Go to our Applying/Admissions page.

Q. Can I apply on paper?

A. No. You must apply online. However, in very exceptional circumstances paper applications may be accepted at the discretion of the department. (Contact the departmental graduate secretary for help.)

Q. Can I apply to more than one graduate program?
A.Yes, an online application and fee is required for each program to which you apply.

Q.Do I need to submit a separate application to each graduate program?
A.Yes. However, we can change your application to another program within the Department of Transnational Studies if you choose.

Q.I applied to your graduate program but was not admitted. Do I need to send a complete application if I apply for admission again?

Q. Do I need GRE Scores to apply to your PhD program?
A. GRE Scores are required for the PhD programs. However, if your other application materials are deemed strong enough to warrant admission, the Admissions Committee may waive this requirement at its sole discretion if you make a case for it.

Q. Do I need GRE scores to apply to your Master’s program?

A. No.

Q. Should I wait until I take the GRE and receive my scores before submitting my Ph.D. application?
A. No. However you should plan to take the standardized test at least 2-3 months before the application deadline.

Q. Do international students need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another English language proficiency test?
A. In general yes. However, you may qualify for a waiver. Click here for details.

Q. My scores are not recent, will you accept them?
A. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admissions; older scores will not be accepted..

Q. How can I check the status of my application?
A.To check your application status online you will need your user name and password

Q. Once I submit my materials to the Graduate School, can they be returned to me?
A.No. When credentials are submitted to the Graduate School, they become University property and cannot be returned to you or forwarded to another



Q. When is the application deadline?
A. See the Applying/Admissions page.



Q. Is the application fee refundable?

A. No.

Q. Are fee waivers granted?
A. On occasion. Contact the departmental graduate secretary for details.

Q.I would like to withdraw my application. Will the application fee be refunded?
A. No, the application fee is non-refundable.



Q. Can I request my original transcripts be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to submitting my application?
A. Yes, however you still need to upload unofficial copies your transcripts to your online application. Official transcripts from each and every institution you attended after high school are required to be in the Graduate School by Oct 1st of the year you are admitted. Your official transcripts can be sent to the departmental graduate secretary or you may bring them with you upon admission.

Q. I cannot upload my transcript to my application. What should I do?
A. You may email your unofficial transcript to our departmental graduate secretary .

Q. Am I required to provide a transcript from an institution from where I earned college credit while in high school.
A. Yes.

Q. Am I required to provide a transcript from an institution where I earned college credit and transferred it to another institution.
A. Yes.



Q. What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
A. See the Applying/Admission page.

Q. Whom should I ask to submit an online recommendation?

A. Current or former professors and workplace supervisors.

Q. Can you use my recommendations submitted with my previous application to the Graduate School?
A. Generally no. However, we can make exceptions if the recommendations are recent, contact the department graduate secretary.

Q. Will you accept mailed or scanned copies of my recommendations?
A.Your recommendation letters should be uploaded to your online application by the referee. If your recommender is not able to upload their letter you may contact the departmental graduate secretary.



Q.What should I write in my statement of purpose?
A.The Graduate School recommends you describe your reasons for applying to our program, your preparation for this field of study, future career plans, and
other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your research interests and motivation for graduate study.



Q.When will a decision be made on my application?
A.After the Graduate Committee reviews your application. You can monitor the status of your application by logging back into your application portal.

Q.Can my application be evaluated before the test scores arrive?
A.Unless we have granted you a waiver, test scores are a component of the admissions application; therefore, no review or decision are usually made until all application credentials (including official test scores) are received.

Q.What is the policy on deferred admission?
A. If needed you may defer admission for up to one year, you should contact the departmental graduate secretary.

Q.Is housing available for graduate students?
A.While many graduate students live off campus in nearby apartments, condominiums and houses, the university does provide limited housing on campus for graduate students. Please visit the campus living page here for details.



Q. Is financial aid available?
A. Refer to our Financial Aid page

Q. Can I apply for New York State Residency for Tuition Purposes?
Yes, but only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are qualified to apply for NYS residency.

Q.What are the requirements to be classified as an in-state student, and how can I change my classification?
A.Information about residency requirements is available on the student accounts website here.


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