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Application Checklist

Below you will find a quick checklist guide to completing your application for graduate study at Potsdam. You may also contact the Center for Graduate Studies at anytime to discuss your application. All materials may be submitted to us using the information provided below. We look forward to receiving your application!

There are multiple ways you can submit your application materials to us:


  • Fax materials to us at 1-315-267-3088 or
  • Mail materials (originals preferred) to: Center for Graduate Studies at SUNY Potsdam; 44 Pierrepont Ave., Raymond Hall 206, Potsdam, NY 13676

Application Components

  • Graduate Application: Available Online
  • GRE Exam: Required only for graduate programs seeking initial teaching certification (MST Childhood and Adolescent programs). Candidates who already possess a master's degree in any field do not need to submit the GRE exam. The minimum scores required for the GRE are as follows:
    • Verbal: 149
    • Quantitative: 147
    • Analytical Writing: 3.0

            -- If you have taken the GRE and your scores were below the ones listed, please contact our office to further discuss your application --

  • More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting SUNY Potsdam's code for sending score reports is 2545.
  • Letter of Intent: Submission of a typed Letter of Intent written by the candidate expressing the candidate's professional goals as related to program pursuit, with attention to any specific program guidelines. Your letter of intent should be a minimum of one full page and a maximum of three pages typed.
    • Why you are applying for the program
    • How your degree program relates to your long-range career or professional objectives, and specifically how the program at Potsdam will assist you in achieving the goals you have described.
  • Your letter should address the following:
  • Recommendation Letters with Cover Sheet: These letters are now incorporated within the online application. To begin your application, click here.
    • Educational Technology Specialist
    • Organizational Performance & Technology
    • MM Education, MM Performance
    • Three letters are required for all programs except for the following, which require two:
    • Letters must be professional references, which outlines your academic abilities and/or work experiences that present your readiness for graduate study. Submissions from those that are personal in nature will not be accepted.
  • Transcripts: Evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants finishing their baccalaureate requirements at the time of application may complete the admissions process. Proof of a conferred degree will be required in order to continue in the program beyond the first four weeks of study or the end of the financial liability schedule.
    • Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the purpose of evaluation for an admissions decision (U.S. and Canadian applicants only).
    • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if a degree was not earned are required no later than four weeks from the start of a degree program. Official transcripts involve no student intervention and are forwarded directly from the Registrar's Office of the institution to the Center for Graduate Studies. Transcripts submitted in an admission package will be considered "official" only if they are sealed in an envelope by the school and bear the signature of the Registrar. Canadian students who have attended high school in Ontario are encouraged to also forward an official high school transcript, however it is not required.
    • Current students and alumni of SUNY Potsdam do not need to submit official transcripts for any coursework taken at this campus.
  • A Current Resume
  • Copy of current teaching certification or certification number (required for applicants seeking professional certification). Note: This is not a requirement for MST programs or any non-education related masters
  • Crane School of Music Applicants: For all MM Education applicants, click here to visit the admissions page. For MM Performance applicants, click here to visit the admissions page. Specific requirements that are unique to these programs may be found on these pages in greater detail.
  • International Students: There are two key items that must be submitted for most international students in addition to the items listed above:
    • For non-native English speaking applicants, a standardized exam must be submitted in support of English language proficiency. Exams currently accepted are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, and Pearson PTE. Additional information and minimum scores are available within theInternational Applicantspage. Conditional admission may be available for alternative evidence of English proficiency. Visit the International Applicants page for additional information.
    • All international applicants (with an exception for Canadian students) must provide evidence of an equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. Visit the International Students page for additional information.