How to Apply
Create Your Graduate Application Account
The application for graduate admission is entirely online. You can begin your application, save the information, and come back to it at a later date. To start your application visit Apply Yourself.
For more information including technical support visit Graduate Admissions.
Graduate Programs and Application Deadlines
The School of Education offers a robust set of graduate programs in teacher education, counseling and leadership. To view details about your program of interest, consult our Graduate Programs page for programs by developmental level or specialization, or review our alphabetical list of graduate programs
The application deadlines for each program vary. Most programs accept applications for enrollment in the Fall and Spring semesters. Visit our Application Deadlines page to confirm the deadline for your program of interest. Please note, applicants with foreign credentials must submit by the listed earlier deadline.
Statement of Purpose
All applicants are required to upload an essay (500 words) indicating their objectives for graduate study. This is your opportunity to speak directly to faculty about your interest in the program. Your essay should address why you want to pursue the specific graduate program, and how you will contribute to the field of education.
Some programs have specific prompts for the Statement of Purpose. These can be viewed via the “Statement of Purpose” section of the application, and on the program admission page.
Find more information, including technical support, on the Graduate Admissions page.
Educational History (Transcripts)
In the Educational History section of the application, you must upload transcripts for each post-secondary school you have attended, including graduate and undergraduate institutions where you earned (or will earn) a degree, studied for one semester or more, or study abroad.
Official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office (Room 223 North) upon acceptance to a program.
For Applicants with Transcripts from Non-US Institutions
Applicants with transcripts from non-US institutions must submit original academic transcripts, evidence of degree conferral and a course by course evaluation report. Find more information, including technical support, on the Graduate Admissions page.
Work History and Resume
List your current position and previous positions in the Work History section of the application. You are encouraged to upload your current resume with your employment history, educational history, teaching certifications, and any other relevant experience or awards.
Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Letters of recommendation should speak to your academic ability to succeed in graduate study and to your potential in the field. You will be asked to enter the name and email addresses of two references. Letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the application system.
Find more information, including technical support, on the Graduate Admissions page.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirements
Applicants to graduate programs leading to teacher certification must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test. As of December 2017, certified teachers or administrators who already hold a graduate degree are exempt from this requirement. This exemption does not apply to the EdD in Instructional Leadership program. To view a complete list of programs that do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), visit the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Additional Information page.
ETS now offers the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) at home. Applicants can review technical requirements and register for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) via the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Home page and use the ETS Code 2301 to send your official scores directly to Hunter College. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores must be received by the beginning of your first semester.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Exemptions
Applicants may submit a GRE Exemption Request by completing the GRE Exemption Request Form. Per New York State regulations, Hunter College may exempt the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement based on a student’s demonstration of potential to positively contribute to the teaching and/or educational leadership professions. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Exemption Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the application deadline. Applicants seeking a fee reduction or fee waiver for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) exam must apply directly to ETS.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam is only required for applicants with foreign credentials. Admission is offered only to those students who are fully prepared in English as demonstrated in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Official scores must be sent to Hunter College, Graduate Admissions Office, institutional code 2301. Applicants must meet the minimum score requirements in each section and overall listed below.
Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores for all programs
- Overall: TOEFL iBT: 90/ Paper Based Test: 575/ Computer Administered Test: 233
- Writing: TOEFL iBT Writing Section: 22/ Paper Based Test of Written English: 4.5
- Speaking: TOEFL iBT Speaking Section: 23/ Paper Based Test of Spoken English: 45
Minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all programs
- Overall IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score
- Writing: 6.5
- Speaking: 7
View additional information about the TOEFL/IELTS requirements at Hunter College.
Some programs require additional exams, writing samples, or auditions.
Adolescent Spanish, Italian, French & Chinese Education
Applicants are required to earn a score of Advanced Low on the Oral Proficiency Interview. Register for the OPI exam at languagetesting.com. Unofficial score reports may be uploaded with the application or submitted via email to email@example.com after submission of the application.
Applicants are required to submit a writing sample of about 10 pages (preferably an undergraduate research paper of literary criticism).
Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program
Applicants should upload an additional statement answering the following questions:
- What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? Why are you interested in pursuing graduate education and training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)? What are your long-term goals related to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
- The Applied Behavior Analysis (MS) program requires two 180-hour practica. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) students must complete this requirement at a site affiliated with Hunter College. Please explain your availability to complete this program requirement.
- The Applied Behavior Analysis (MS) program also includes a capstone experience in which Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) students must complete either an experimental thesis or a clinical project. Please give an example of a clinical experience you’ve had that might inform your capstone experience.
Bilingual Education Programs
Applicants should upload a Spanish, French, or Mandarin translation of the Statement of Purpose.
Computer Science Education
Applicants should upload a code sample in a text-based language that is representative of your current programming ability. You may either upload a file, a zip with a project, or a file with a link if your project is hosted elsewhere i.e., GitHub.
Supplemental Essay Prompt: Consider you are a counseling student providing services at a counseling internship placement site, what type of client or client issue would be difficult for you, and why? How do you think you would cope with this situation? Please respond to these questions in 400 – 600 words.
In lieu of an in-person audition, candidates should provide a 5-15 minute video of creative work. Please include a brief written synopsis of the video, describing the context of the piece and how to identify you if there is more than one performer. Upload the video(s) to YouTube or Vimeo as a public, private, or unlisted video and add the link(s) to your CV. Visit the Dance Application page for more information.
An audition is required. Visit the Music Audition page for more information.
Instructional Leadership, EdD
Supplemental Essay Prompt: Please upload a supplemental essay of approximately 500 words describing a specific area of professional interest you want to research in your EdD program and explain how this line of inquiry fits into your professional goals.
Visual Arts Education
Upload your artwork portfolio at hunter.slideroom.com.
Pay the Application Fee and Submit Your Application
Effective for Fall 2019 applicants and thereafter, a $75 application processing fee will be required. You can pay the application fee via credit card upon submission, or via check or money order after submission.
CUNY Sponsored Application Fee
Fall 2021 applicants to the following programs are eligible for a sponsored application fee:
- Adolescent Mathematics, MA
- Adolescent Mathematics Professional Certificate, MA
- Post Master’s Advanced Certificate in Adolescent Mathematics
- Adolescent Special Education Generalist (Grades 7-12) Master’s and Advanced Certificate
- Childhood Special Education: Behavior Disorders (Grades 1-6) Master’s and Advanced Certificate
- Childhood Special Education: Learning Disabilities (Grades 1-6) Master’s and Advanced Certificate
- Childhood Special Education: Severe/Multiple Disabilities
- Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families (Birth – Grade 2) (Early Childhood Special Ed) Master’s and Advanced Certificate
- Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families w/Severe Multiple Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2) Master’s
Current Hunter College seniors may be eligible for an application fee waiver
When submitting the online graduate degree application, please select ‘Pay by Check’ but do not submit a payment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to request an application fee waiver.
For additional information, including technical support, visit the Graduate Admissions Application Fee page.
Applicants with Foreign Credentials
If you completed your bachelor’s degree outside the U.S. where English was not the native language, or if you completed fewer than 90 credits toward your bachelor’s degree in the U.S. you are considered an International Student. Applicants with foreign credentials who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa are currently ineligible to apply to the following programs:
- Applied Behavior Analysis, Advanced Certificate
- Applied Behavior Analysis, MS
- Visual Impairment – Rehabilitation Teaching, MSEd
- Visual Impairment – Combined Rehabilitation Teaching and Orientation and Mobility, MSEd
Find more information about visa procedures for international students on the Graduate Admissions page.