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Admission Standards

Admission to graduate study at The College of New Jersey is selective and competitive. Prospective applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the contents of the bulletin and to observe carefully the particular requirements of each individual program or option. Admission decisions are based generally on evidence of achievement in appropriate undergraduate studies, performance on nationally standardized tests, strength of recommendations, and other materials submitted with the application. Standards are applied rigorously but not mechanically, the purpose being to identify applicants who show promise of benefiting from advanced studies and of making significant contributions to both the college community and their chosen professions.

Admission Procedures

Those who wish to apply or to learn more about the graduate program should begin by contacting the Office of Graduate Studies at or 609/771-2300.

Admission Categories


Most students entering The College of New Jersey at the graduate level are candidates for a degree or certification program. Program options and requirements are outlined throughout this website and in the Graduate Bulletin. Students who are applying for admission into a specific degree or certificate program are applying for matriculation.

Individuals applying for matriculation are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign college or university. Applicants should have a 2.75 cumulative average or a 3.0 in the major at the undergraduate level, although some programs may have a higher requirement; must submit letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate their academic performance, relevant work experience, and/or ability to pursue graduate studies; must submit an essay calling for a personal evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses as prospective graduate students; and must provide scores from the general standardized test appropriate to the discipline. Some programs require scores from specialized sections of standardized tests; other programs require interviews or auditions (see program requirements). Graduate program candidates are approved for admission by the program admissions committee and endorsed by the dean. Notification of a decision will occur in writing.


Qualified applicants who wish to pursue graduate studies for professional renewal or personal growth may apply for non-matriculation.* Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a 2.75 cumulative average or 3.0 in the major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign university or college. Admissions are competitive, and decisions are made by program admissions committees. Notification of a decision will occur in writing. A non-matriculant wishing to matriculate into a program must submit a separate application and all documentation necessary for matriculation according to the appropriate deadlines. Subsequent admission as a matriculant is not guaranteed.

Once accepted, a non-matriculant may enroll in graduate classes open to them if they meet the prerequisites and if space is available. Permission from the graduate coordinator and/or the instructor teaching the course may be required for registration for a particular course. Occasionally, a graduate student wishes to enroll in an undergraduate course. On such occasions, the graduate tuition rate would still apply.

A non-matriculant may choose to apply for admission as a matriculant in a graduate degree or certificate program; however, matriculation is not guaranteed. A non-matriculant has one year from the time of initial enrollment to matriculate into a degree program in order to utilize up to six credits taken prior to matriculation toward that degree or program. Failure to matriculate within this timeframe will negate the use of these credits toward a degree or program at TCNJ.

A non-matriculant is not eligible for need-based or federal financial aid.

*Non-matriculation is not available to students intending to apply for matriculation into the RTCM program. Students intending to study at one of TCNJ’s global sites, and are not ready to apply for matriculation into a specific program, may contact the Global Office at regarding attendance as a visiting student.


Applying to Graduate Programs

We offer an extensive array of master ’s programs—more than 40—in arts and sciences, health fields, and teacher education.


Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university; have demonstrated the potential to successfully pursue graduate study, that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade point average of B (3.0), depending on the program. The Nursing program requires a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from an ACN/CCNE-accredited college or university, in addition to a New York State Registered Nursing License and Registration.

The application and supporting documents must be complete before it is reviewed by an advisor for admission.

*Support documents can not be added to the online application, nor can a decision be rendered, until the application is submitted. Submit the application as early as possible and ensure the support documents are received by 5:00 p.m., on the stated deadlines, to the Graduate Admissions Office*

Please mail/bring transcripts to Please mail the Application Fee to:

Lehman College Lehman College
Office of Graduate Admissions Bursar Office
Shuster Hall, Room 150 Shuster Hall, Room 031B
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, New York 10468 Bronx, New York 10468

For a directions and a campus map, click here.


(All applications and supporting documents must be received by 5:00 P.M on the stated deadlines. Only complete applications and documents received by the deadline will be reviewed.)

Please Note: All documents submitted in support of the application for admission belong to Lehman College and will not be returned.
  • Application fee (non-refundable): $125.00 check or money order, payable to Lehman College.
    • The application fee is waived if you are currently attending as a graduate non-degree student.
    • Veterans and current military service personnel are exempt from the application fee. Veterans and current military service personnel must submit their DD-214.
  • Transcript(s): In order to obtain a complete educational history, official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) attended are required. Transcripts from colleges where you earned your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree must show proof of degree and date conferred. All transcripts must be received in a SEALED envelope. All applications and supporting documents received by Lehman College become the property of Lehman College and cannot be photocopied, returned or sent elsewhere.
    • If you are in your final undergraduate semester, submit the official transcript of course work completed to date. Upon graduation, a final transcript showing the degree awarded must be presented.
    • If the applicant is a Lehman College alumni, the Lehman College transcript does not need to be submitted if in attendance from 1993 to present. The Office of Graduate Admissions will retrieve the transcript.
      • Applicants that attended Lehman College prior to this date must request a transcript from the Registrar's Office via the link here
      • Additionally, transcripts from colleges attended prior to Lehman College must be submitted.

The CUNY Board of Trustee policy regarding submission of fraudulent documents in support of an application for admission can be found here

  • Students Educated Outside the United States:

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency. The following are approved evaluation agencies. Click the links below to proceed to their company websites:

*Please note: we will no longer accept evaluations from any other evaluation services.

Official transcripts and other documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. The evaluation and translation should be completed 8-10 weeks prior to the deadline. The CUNY Document Translation Guidelines can be found here.

Students in their final undergraduate semester should submit the official transcript of coursework completed to date. Upon graduation, students must present additional transcript showing the degree awarded and conferral date.

  • TOEFL/IELTS: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required if an applicant fits one or both descriptions below. The TOEFL should not be more than 2 years old.

    1. Academic Records from Non-English Speaking Countries:

    Applicants that submit academic records from a non-English speaking country, demonstrate competency in English through TOEFL IBT score of at least 61 or the Academic IELTS score of at least 6 (higher for some programs).

    2. International Students

    At Lehman, an "international student" is defined as any person studying in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for admission of international students, except for nationals of English-speaking countries. The required minimum TOEFL score is 500 (paper based) and 61 (internet based) for admission to Lehman and is higher in most fields. Information may be obtained from TOEFL/ Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. Residents of English-speaking countries are exempt from taking the test.

  • Essay: Type a career objective essay of 500 words describing your intellectual and academic interests, accomplishments, and goals. If there is anything anomalous in your undergraduate record, please explain. Students applying to the Special Education program must submit an additional scholarly paper. The Counselor Education/School Counseling program requires five additional essays found in the Supplemental Program Requirements and Instructions Form.

    Please Note: Students applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program should also include, as part of the essay, information about the academic subjects you would like to pursue as the focus of your concentration for the MALS degree.

  • Two or Three Recommendations (depending on your program of interest): Ask individuals, preferably instructors or supervisors who can attest to your past scholastic performance and capacity for graduate work, to complete the on-line Recommendation Form. Reference letters submitted on your behalf must be written on official letterhead and signed in order to be accepted. They must be sent to the graduate admissions office electronically through the application system.

Standardized and Other Tests:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required if you do not have a Master's degree for the following programs:
    • English Literature and Composition
    • History
    • Public Health
    • Speech Language Pathology
    • School of Education Programs (GRE not required for Counselor Education)

The Lehman College Institutional Code is 2312. For information go to GRE;

  • G-NAT (Graduate Nursing Admissions Test) is required for the Nursing Department. Applicants must take and pass the G-NAT for admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. For information on scheduling an appointment for the GNAT, contact the Nursing department at:
  • Email:
  • For more information on the G-NAT, click here.
  • ACTFL OPI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Oral Proficiency Interview) is required for Spanish Teaching. For more information, go to the LTI website.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required by students educated in non-English speaking areas. The TOEFL should not be more than 2 years old. The Lehman College Institutional Code is 2312. For information and registration materials contact TOEFL. Required scores vary by program (minimum being 500 for the Paper-Based Test and 61 for the Internet-Based Test). The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic will be accepted, if available. Required scores vary by program (minimum being a 6).

Immunization Requirements:

Accepted applicants who plan to enroll must comply with New York State Public Health Law regarding immunization. Students born on or after January 1, 1957 are required to complete the immunization forms and return them as soon as possible to the Student Health Center. Complete information regarding these requirements and all necessary forms can be found on the The Student Health Center website.

Lehman College does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, or veteran’s status.

“The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about a student’s criminal record and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a child care center, a public school or public school students on the campus.”

Applications must be signed and dated in order to be valid.

Please Note: Additional information may be needed upon review of your admissions application

Prior to enrollment:

  • Updated transcripts with last semester grades and proof of graduation must be submitted in a sealed envelope
  • Proof of immigrant or naturalized citizenship status must be shown in the Graduate Admissions Office (i.e. Green Card, Certificate of Naturalization, I-94 Card, Passport, etc.)
  • To be eligible for New York State resident tuition rates, you must prove that you have been a New York State resident for a minimum of 12 months, and that you are either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or that you possess an eligible non-immigrant status. The information requested will be used to determine if you qualify for the New York State resident tuition rate.
  • If you have transcripts with a name different from the name on your current application, proof of the name change must be documented at the time of admission.

Copies of official documents are not accepted

Application Deadlines

View the priority deadlines below. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the stated deadline. Please do the following in a timely manner so that required information is submitted on or before the deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission.

  • Request official transcripts from all of the post-secondary schools attended,
  • Request recommendations,
  • Upload essays and resume,
  • Send the application fee (check or money order only) to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Bring in Professional Licensure, Certifications, and any additional program requirements,
  • Sit for exams.




      Arts and Humanities

      Art M.A/M.F.AApril 15October 15
      EnglishApril 15October 15
      HistoryApril 15October 15
      MusicApril 15October 15
      Spanish LiteratureApril 15October 15

      Continuing and Professional Studies

      Liberal StudiesApril 15No Enrollment


      GRE required for all programs (Except for Counselor Education)  
      Art Education, Art Teacher, (Pre-K - Grade 12)April15October 18
      Bilingual ExtensionApril15October 18
      Childhood Ed.April15

      No Enrollment

      Childhood Ed. Bilingual Ext.April15No Enrollment
      Counselor Ed/School Counseling and Bilingual Counselor Education/School CounselingMarch 15No Enrollment
      Early Childhood Ed.April 15No Enrollment
      Early Childhood Ed. Bilingual Ext.April15No Enrollment
      Educational Leadership School Building LeaderApril15No Enrollment
      Educational Leadership District LevelApril 15No Enrollment
      English Education (Grades 7 - 12)April15October 18
      Gifted and Talented Ext. Online ProgramApril15October 18
      Literacy Studies (Birth - Grade 6 & Grades 5 - 12)April15October 18
      Math Education (Grades 7 - 12)April15October 18
      Organizational LeadershipApril15No Enrollment
      Science Education (Grades 7 - 12)April15October 18
      Social Studies Education (Grades 7 - 12)April15October 18
      Spanish TeachingApril 15October 18
      Special Education ProgramsApril15October 18
      T.E.S.O.LApril15October 18

      Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing

      Health Education and Promotion M.S. and Health Education M.S.EdApril 15October 18
      NursingMarch 15October 1
      NutritionMarch 15No Enrollment
      Recreation EducationApril 15October 15
      Social WorkFebruary 15No Enrollment
      Speech Language PathologyJanuary 15Extended to October 18

      Natural and Social Sciences

      AccountingMarch 15Extended to November 15
      BiologyApril 15Extended to November 15
      BusinessApril 15Extended to November 15
      Computer ScienceApril 15Extended to November 15
      Geographic Information Science (G.I.S.C.)April 15October 18
      Pure Math M.A.April 15October 18
      Math InstructionApril 15October 18

      Special Programs

      May 1October 1
      College of New Rochelle ProgramsMay 1October 1
      Concordia College ProgramMay 1October 1
      Mercy College ProgramsMay 1October 1

    *Financial Aid, including loans, is not available for Advanced Certificates.