We are pleased you want to apply for admission to a SUNY Cortland graduate program. We suggest you spend some time reviewing the helpful hints on this page before you begin the application.
We use an online application process through an external processing site. You can complete the application and submit most of the additional documents through the online application. The primary documents you must submit directly to the Graduate Admissions Office are your official college transcripts.
SUNY Cortland students or graduates will not need to submit transcripts because they are already on file at the college.
Pay the $65 application fee. You can pay either online or by check or money order.
The fee is waived for currently enrolled SUNY Cortland students or alumni.
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - April 1
Applicants are encouraged to submit their online application and all supporting documents as early as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until a program is filled. If a deadline has passed, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to inquire about program availability. For summer and fall term entry, application review for most programs begins in January. For spring term entry, application review begins in August. Some departments review applications even earlier. Most applicants are notified of their admission decision within three to four weeks, unless otherwise specified by the department.
Not all programs begin each semester. Please review your program choice to determine the proper term of entry.
1. Review the Admission Criteria
Before you start your application, it's a good idea to review the admission criteria for your program choice. Some programs have very specific course or certification requirements. Without them, you will not be eligible for admission.
As an example, most of the Master of Science in Education programs require you to have an initial teaching certification prior to the beginning of the program. In addition, the certification may need to be in a specific area.
2. Gather the names and email addresses of your references.
The online application allows you to input the names of your references and then the system sends them an email. They are provided with a secure link to your application where they can upload their recommendation and have it attached to your online application.
Information concerning which programs require recommendations can be found by viewing this document.
3. Prepare your personal goal statement or review the criteria for your program and determine the topic you should be covering in your statement.
4. Make sure you are aware of the following:
- the degree you will receive
- the program name
- the concentration for your program (if any is available)
The online application will ask you for each of these, so it is best to be aware of them.
As an example, if you want to study the non-teacher certification Management of Leisure Services in Recreation, you would want to know the following:
Degree: Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Name: Recreation
Concentration: Management of Leisure Services
5. After completing the application, remember to select the “submit” button. We cannot process your application until after you have submitted it to our office and paid the $65 application fee.
** Information concerning how to pay the application fee is available in the application. Please note that current SUNY Cortland students or alumni do not have to pay the fee.
When you are ready, you can start your application here: SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Application