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Graduate Admissions

SUNY Potsdam encourages you to continue your education through graduate degree programs in 16 disciplines. Apply today!

The SUNY Potsdam graduate admissions process is a lot like the experience you can expect in each degree program — highly individualized to the applicant and specific to the program of entry.

Please note: GRE test scores are no longer required!

Just as graduate programs at SUNY Potsdam continue the College’s tradition of small class sizes and faculty accessibility, the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education is dedicated to enhancing the entire graduate student experience, and works with you as you explore Potsdam straight through to graduation.

Visit & Connect

  • Chat with a Grad Counselor
    If you are a prospective graduate student looking for information on our admissions process, our counselors are here to chat one-on-one with you for 30 minutes and answer any questions you may have! Schedule your chat today!
  • Virtual Information Sessions
    The Office of Graduate & Continuing Education is pleased to offer prospective students and applicants the ability to connect with our graduate admissions staff virtually via Zoom for an informational session. View available sessions and register!

General Graduate Admissions Requirements

Even though the SUNY Potsdam graduate admissions process is highly individualized, certain application requirements are necessary for all master’s degree applicants.

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The Office of Graduate & Continuing Education
Raymond Hall 206
SUNY Potsdam 44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, New York 13676-2294

(315) 267- 2165

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All graduate applicants must show evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from a duly accredited college or university, typically through submission of an official transcript obtained through the registrar’s office of each prior institution attended.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the purpose of obtaining an admissions decision. However, proof of completion of bachelor's degree requirements, and conferral of that degree will have up to the Friday before the start of classes to furnish an official transcript conferring said degree. 

For MST Adolescent Education program applicants, the equivalent to an undergraduate content major in the chosen field is required (i.e. BA or BS in Physics, English, or Literature).

A minimum undergraduate grade point average as indicated within each specific program of study. All programs utilize the most recent 60 credits for GPA purposes (unless otherwise indicated):

  • The MA Math program requires a minimum 2.75 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours.
  • The following programs require a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours:
    MSEd Curriculum and Instruction
    MSEd Literacy
    MSEd Special Education
    MS Community Health
    MS Instructional Design and Educational Technology
    MS Management
    MST Childhood Education
    MST Adolescent Education (English, Math, Social Studies and Science)
    MSEd Educational Technology Specialist
  • The following programs require a 3.0 overall GPA:
    MM Music Performance
    MM Music Education
    Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) , Inclusive and Special Education
    Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), College Teaching

Note: Conditional admission may be available for certain programs.

Application deadlines refer to a time that all components of an application must be submitted and the application is ready for review by the appropriate admissions committee. For full consideration, graduate applications must be completed at least three business days before the start of the semester.

“Spring” refers to a January start, “Summer” refers to a May start, and “Fall” refers to a start in August or September.

  • Crane School of Music: For Master of Music degree programs in music education and performance, deadlines are as follows:
    Spring - November 15 (Note: This deadline is for all materials except the audition, which may be taken in December)
    Graduate Assistantship and Crane Scholarship consideration for the following academic year - March 2nd
    Summer - May 1
    Fall - May 1
  • Note that deadlines for all other programs are recommended deadlines for full consideration of all available funding opportunities.  However, programs evaluate and admit applicants on a rolling basis.
    Recommended deadlines are:
    Summer - March 1
    Fall - April 1
    Spring - October 15


Some applicants to SUNY Potsdam’s graduate programs need to complete additional application procedures, or receive further information.

Learn more about requirements for the following special cases: