The admissions process at the graduate level is highly individualized. Each application is thoroughly evaluated to discover the wide variety of skills and talent sought in prospective graduate students. Applications are considered on multiple criteria, such as grade point average, personal statement and letters of recommendation. The overall merits and strengths of the application facilitate a formal admissions decision.

SUNY Potsdam operates on a continuous enrollment policy, which means that once a candidate has submitted all of the required application materials, the Center for Graduate Studies forwards the materials to the appropriate School and academic department for an admission decision.

All paper applications (and materials) must be submitted directly to:

Center for Graduate Studies
Satterlee Hall, Suite 238
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, New York 13676-2294

Degree Seeking Students (masters degree candidates)

For candidates interested in applying for admission to a masters degree program, be sure to read through the admissions requirements and the application checklist.  If you are ready to apply, click on the link below.

Apply online OR download and complete the  Graduate Application Form (PDF) and mail it to the address listed above.

Please note that the application fee is waived for current SUNY Potsdam students and SUNY Potsdam Alumni, as well as active and retired military (and their family members).  Select the "Pay Later" option.

Non-Degree Students (individual coursework)

Students who have an interest in graduate study but who have not yet applied for admission into a master's degree program may under certain circumstances enroll as non-matriculated at SUNY Potsdam. Non-Degree students are those who have not been formally admitted to the College and are not active candidates for a masters degree.

A non-degree graduate student is limited to taking a maximum of 6 graduate credits on a non-matriculated basis. Upon completion of the 6 graduate credits, if not before, the student is required to apply for formal admission to a master’s degree program and must be granted Provisional or Full Admission before being allowed to register for further coursework. Courses taken on a non-matriculated basis will not apply to a graduate program unless approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Students interested in non-degree attendance should apply online OR download and complete the Non-Degree Student Application Form (PDF) and mail it to the address listed above.