Admissions Process

Applications to master's degree programs, advanced certificate programs and nondegree study are handled by the Office of Graduate Admissions. We welcome applications from qualified candidates who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution. International candidates who hold the equivalence of a U.S. bachelor’s degree are also encouraged to apply.

Degree-seeking Applicants

Research Your Program

Gather as much information as possible about the program you are interested in. You may apply to only one program for any given semester.

Complete Your Online Application

Once you are ready to apply, complete the online application form. You may submit an application form only once. If you need to make corrections, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Pay Your Application Fee

A nonrefundable $125 application fee is required of all applicants. Applications for master’s programs and advanced certificates cannot be reviewed without the fee. You can pay your application fee by credit card when you submit your online application, or mail a check or money order to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please make checks or money orders payable to Brooklyn College. If a check is written for you by someone else, be sure your name appears on the face of the check. Nondegree applicants pay the fee after acceptance.

Submit Your Supporting Documents

Only complete applications are forwarded to academic departments for review. We ask that you register your recommenders in our online application system, so that recommenders are able to submit their letters electronically. All other supporting documents, such as official transcripts and essays, should be collected and mailed directly. Mail your materials to us under one mailing using the Document Cover Sheet. Items received without a Document Cover Sheet take longer to process and match to your application.

Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. Transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the institution’s registrar office. Nondegree applicants need only submit unofficial transcripts.

International Transcript Credential Evaluation

International transcripts must be evaluated by a professional agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Evaluations must include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average. This will help us understand your educational background and academic credentials. Allow plenty of time between the evaluation and the application deadline, especially if you are currently residing outside of the United States and require a student visa. For further information, please refer to our guidelines.

Letters of Recommendation

You are required to send two letters of recommendation. Some programs require three. Letters should come from individuals who can assess your potential for graduate study. We ask that you register your recommenders in our online application system, so that recommenders are able to submit their letters electronically.

Personal Statement / Essay

Most programs require a typewritten, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your intended program. This is your opportunity to inform us about your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to your intended academic study. Some programs require other essays in addition to, or in lieu of, the personal statement.


A copy of your most recent résumé is required by some programs.

Portfolios and Manuscripts

A portfolio of artwork or a manuscript is required by some programs.


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by some programs. We accept test scores sent to us directly from ETS only. Our ETS Institution code is 2046.


The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required by some programs.


The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is accepted by some programs in lieu of the GRE. We accept test scores sent to us directly from the Harcourt Test Center only.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

TOEFL score report is required from applicants whose first language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a four-year U.S. undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. We will accept TOEFL scores sent to us directly from Educational Testing Services (ETS) only. Our ETS Institution code is 2046. We will also accept exam scores from IELTS.

Application Requirements Vary by Program

You are advised to review your intended program's requirements.

Nondegree Application Procedure

Students who wish to take courses without pursuing a degree may apply for nondegree status. Complete the online application form and select an academic area in which you intend to take classes. Applicants for nondegree study do not pay the application fee until after they are accepted. Submit an official or unofficial copy of your transcript showing bachelor’s degree notation. No additional supporting documents are required, except an essay for some programs. Please note that:

  • Not all programs offer nondegree admission.
  • Nondegree students are not eligible for financial aid or students visas.
  • Admission as a nondegree student does not guarantee later admittance as a matriculated student.

Reapplication Procedure

To reapply, you need to complete and submit a new graduate degree application online. You do not need to resubmit any supporting documents if you applied within the last two years. No additional application fee is required if you are reapplying for a later semester (up to one year) or currently attending as a nonmatriculated student.

We welcome your interest in our programs and wish you the best as you explore your options for graduate education. We hope you give us your full consideration! If you have any questions, we invite you to contact the Graduate Admissions team.

Office of Graduate Admissions
Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
P: 718.951.5001
F: 718.951.5076