Admission decisions are based on review of a complete application as specified below. Decisions are issued by the academic department that offers the degree program specified on the application. Students are advised to discuss issues and questions about requirements for graduate study directly with departmental representatives. Information on deputies and program heads responsible for master's and advanced certificate programs may be found here.
Students must fulfill both departmental and Brooklyn College requirements in order to be considered for admission.
Degrees Required for Admission
Applicants for admission to master's degree or advanced certificate programs must have completed an approved undergraduate program of study and graduated with a minimum of an acceptable baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. In certain unusual circumstances, students may be admitted for graduate study even if they do not possess a traditional bachelor's degree or may already possess a master's degree. In such cases, students should discuss their credentials for admission with the prospective department or program as early as possible. Some advanced certificate programs require the prior completion of a master's degree in an approved program of study from an accredited institution.
Grade Point Average (GPA) Required for Admission
In most majors, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the undergraduate major and a minimum overall GPA of 2.70 are required. Students with degrees that do not use a 0.00–4.00 grading scheme must be able to show how their academic performance relates to this grading standard. In determining the admission of students who do not have the required undergraduate averages, grades in appropriate graduate courses completed in an approved institution may be considered. However, students who do not meet these requirements are still encouraged to submit an application. If you have any questions reguarding the GPA requriement, please contact the graduate deputy, Miguel Macias, directly.
For applicants for matriculation, a complete and official transcript from each postsecondary institution must accompany the application. Nondegree students may submit official or unofficial transcripts; for the latter, the transcript must be on the institution's letterhead or transcript paper. The transcript must include the student's personal information, courses, grades, GPA, and graduation degree notation. Internet and fax copies of transcripts are not suitable. For students with undergraduate or graduate degrees from Brooklyn College, the Office of Admissions will obtain an official copy of Brooklyn College transcripts for the applicant. All other transcripts must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions. For information on transcripts for international students, see "Additional admission requirements for students with international credentials," below. Upon admission to the Division of Graduate Studies, applicants who are completing their final undergraduate semester must arrange to have a final official transcript indicating that the bachelor's degree has been awarded submitted to the Office of Admissions within the first semester. Failure to supply proof of the undergraduate degree before the end of the first semester in attendance will result in a bar on further registration.
Letters of Recommendation
All applicants for matriculation to the Division of Graduate Studies must submit two letters of recommendation. The letters must be from faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic achievement and plans for graduate study. In some cases, letters of recommendation from other professionals may be acceptable, but letter writers should support the applicant's academic or professional qualifications for graduate study. Applicants who want to submit letters of recommendation from professionals other than faculty members should contact the department of major study for permission. References should mail letters of recommendation directly to the Office of Admissions. Applicants for nondegree status may submit letters of recommendation, but they are not required.
To ensure consideration for admission, it is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the application and all supporting credentials are received by the Office of Admissions by the stipulated dates. Although there are admissions for both fall and spring semesters, not all programs admit for the spring. For up-to-date information on programs that admit new students for the spring semester, see the graduate admissions website.
For the M.F.A. programs in art, creative writing, acting, theater history and criticism, dramaturgy, and performance art management; the M.S. in speech- language pathology; and the M.A. in mental health counseling, complete applications should be filed by Feb. 15, 2014 for fall admissions. These are highly selective programs that normally fill their classes soon after the application deadline. Nov. 1, 2013, is the dealine for the spring semester of the M.S. program. Students who plan to attend in the fall may attend in the preceding summer if courses that fit their program are offered. Some programs have rolling admissions and will consider applications from students who apply after the formal deadlines if space is available in the program.
Students may register for summer classes in nondegree status even if they are not interested in taking classes in the fall. Students who are interested in attending summer classes should apply by mid-May, or as soon as the Schedule of Classes for the summer terms is published, normally in mid-April. Students from other CUNY schools may register as visiting students for the summer session (see the section "Visiting students," below).