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. Start your graduate application.

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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 Deadline page to confirm the deadline for your program of interest.

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.

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

Official transcripts should be mailed to the Graduate Admissions Office (Room 223 North) upon acceptance to a program.

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 your application. 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.

Standardized Tests

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 GRE, click here.

ETS now offers the GRE at home. Applicants can review technical requirements and register for the GRE at and use the ETS Code 2301 to send your official scores directly to Hunter College. GRE scores must be received by the beginning of your first semester.

GRE Exemptions

Applicants may submit a GRE Exemption Request by completing the GRE Exemption Request Form. Per NYS regulations, Hunter College may exempt the GRE requirement based on a student’s demonstration of potential to positively contribute to the teaching and/or educational leadership professions. GRE Exemption Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the application deadline. Applicants seeking a fee reduction or fee waiver for the GRE exam must apply directly to ETS.

Supplemental Materials

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
  • Adolescent English – 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 ABA? Why are you interested in pursuing graduate education and training in ABA? What are your long-term goals related to ABA?
    • The ABA – MS program requires two 180-hour practica. ABA students must complete this requirement at a site affiliated with Hunter College. Please explain your availability to complete this program requirement.
    • The ABA – MS program also includes a capstone experience in which 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.
  • Counseling Programs – 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.
  • Dance EducationAudition required.
  • Music EducationAudition required.
  • 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

Applicants with Foreign Credentials

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

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.

You should submit your application by the deadline for applicants with foreign credentials, and review the additional items below:

  • Original transcripts are needed from all post-secondary schools attended. Note: Transcript evaluations such as WES are not accepted in lieu of original transcripts.
  • 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. Applicants must meet the minimum score requirements in each section and overall listed below.
    • Minimum 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 IELTS scores for all programs:
      • Overall IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score
      • Writing: 6.5 IELTS Reading
      • Speaking: 7 IELTS Speaking
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be sent to Hunter College, Graduate Admissions Office, institutional code 2301.
  • View additional information about the TOEFL requirements at Hunter College.

Find more information about visa procedures for international students on the Graduate Admissions page.

Pay the Application Fee & 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.

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 for more information about how to request an application fee waiver.

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