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 1-315-267-4802 or
  • Mail materials (originals preferred) to: Center for Graduate Studies at SUNY Potsdam; 44 Pierrepont Ave., Satterlee Hall Suite 238, Potsdam, NY 13676

Application Components

  • Graduate Application (online or download PDF): Non-refundable $50 application fee in U.S. funds (SUNY Potsdam alumni, current students, and U.S. military personnel are exempt from this fee)
  • GRE Exam (or equivalent): Required only for teacher preparation program candidates who are seeking their initial certification (MST Childhood and Adolescent programs only).  All other graduate programs do not require an exam.  More information on the GRE exam can be found by visiting www.gre.org.  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.
    • Your letter should address the following:
      • 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.
                   *Please Note: For Literacy graduate programs, your letter of intent must be completed according to the guidelines found here:

                                                                         Literacy Programs Letter of Intent Requirements.
  • Recommendation Letters with Cover Sheet (Each letter must be accompanied with the cover sheet that is completed by both you, and the recommender.  (Download the cover sheet):
    • Three letters are required for all programs except for the following, which require two: 
    •  Educational Technology Specialist
    •  Organizational Performance & Technology
    •  MM Education, MM Performance
    • 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. 
    • Should the recommender wish to give you the letter, it must be in an envelope, sealed and the back signed by the recommender prior to it being in your possession.
  • 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 and Cambridge. Additional information and minimum scores are available within the International Applicants page. 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.