Graduate Admissions

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Students choose SUNY Cortland for their graduate school experience because of the strong reputation we have for excellence in teacher education, physical education, sport management and other fields.

Cortland prepares you for real-world workplace challenges and for learning inside and outside the classroom with faculty who draw on years of professional experience in the fields they teach.

Whether your goal is to advance your current career or to launch a new one, your Cortland degree will put you on the road to success.

Special note

To alleviate some of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many SUNY Cortland graduate programs are implementing temporary measures to relax some of their admissions requirements. These measures will be in place for applicants starting in the Summer or Fall 2020 terms.

If you are having difficulty completing any portion of your application or gathering required materials, please send an email to

We will review your situation with the appropriate academic department and determine how to proceed, while providing a fair and thoughtful process.

Current short-term measures include:

  • SUNY Cortland is waiving the standardized exam requirement for most graduate programs. This waiver will be extended to applicants for the Summer and Fall 2020 start terms. The waiver applies only to admission for graduate programs. Please be aware that some external certifications may eventually require a standardized exam.
  • For applicants to the athletic training master’s program please contact to request a waiver if you have difficulty with any of the following:
    • completing observation hours
    • acquiring recommendations from a supervising athletic trainer
    • completing CPR certification
    • completing any portion of the application

Additional short-term updates will be shared.

New graduate programs - learn more

Athletic Training (M.S.)

SUNY Cortland’s two-year, full-time graduate program in athletic training will enroll its first students in July 2020. It recently earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

The athletic training profession eventually will require an advanced degree for new certified athletic trainers, and Cortland joins three other New York state institutions that currently offer an accredited master’s degree in the discipline.

Visit the program webpage or contact Alyson Dearie, graduate program coordinator and assistant professor of kinesiology, at with questions.

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Physical Education (M.S.T.)

SUNY Cortland offers a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in physical education for individuals who do not possess a teaching certificate in physical education.

Visit the program webpage to learn more.

Interested students can contact Helena Baert, graduate program coordinator and associate professor of physical education, at or 607-753-5618.

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Graduate Admissions Office
Miller Building, Room 106

Mailing Address
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: 607-753-4800
Fax: 607-753-5988

Monday through Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.