Application requirements

While there are general application requirements for all programs (see below), many of the required supplemental materials vary based on program. Please be sure to review your programs requirements to ensure you submit all necessary materials to complete your application. 

Questions? Contact University Admissions at (201)200-3409 or grad_dept@njcu.edu

Priority Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

International Applicants
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1

International students, please see the International Requirements page for more information on what you’ll need to apply.

General Application Requirements for          Degree-Seeking Students

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended or official NACES course-by- course evaluation of any foreign transcripts
  • Official copy of appropriate program test scores or waiver (GRE/GMAT/MAT) 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation 
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Audition or portfolio (required for Music/Art programs) 
  • Copy of teaching certifications (required for most education related programs; a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website
  • Praxis scores (required for most education related programs)
  • Other supplemental items (as required by your program)
  • Other documentation for international students

General Application Requirements for Certificate/Certification-Seeking Students

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Copies of transcripts from all previous colleges attended or NACES course-by- course evaluation of any foreign transcripts
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Copy of teaching certifications (required for most education related programs; a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website
  • Employment verification letter (required for Supervision, Principal, and LDTC program)
  • Other supplemental items (as required by your program)
  • Other documentation for international students

Interested in just taking a course or two at NJCU? 
If you are interested in taking a course at NJCU, but not working toward a degree or certificate at this time, we do offer options for non-matriculating study. Please note that international students requiring a student visa are not eligible for this option. For more information on how to apply as a visiting or courses only student at NJCU, contact University Admissions at (201)200-3409 or grad_dept@njcu.edu

TEST WAIVER POLICY

Many graduate programs at NJCU require master's degree-seeking students to submit one of the following standardized test scores as part of the admissions process: Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).  We encourage you to take and submit scores to enhance your application for admission. However, some programs will consider students for test waivers if the following undergraduate GPA requirements are met:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher unless otherwise noted
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for Business M.S/M.B.A.programs, Special Education M.A. with LDTC Endorsement Eligibility, Counseling, and Nursing.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher for National Security Studies.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT TEST WAIVERS:

  • Applications for admission to a master's degree program and test waivers are subject to approval by the applicable academic department.
  • The test waiver does NOT apply to any doctoral or professional diploma in school psychology programs.
  • The test waiver does NOT apply to students who wish to be considered for NJCU Admissions Scholarships. All students who wish to be considered for university scholarships must submit standardized test scores.
  • If you do not meet the test waiver requirements, we encourage you to submit your test scores or a letter of appeal for further consideration.