Required application materials

Prospective students are encouraged to consult the Graduate Catalog and the information below for more information about the application process.

Please note an important update. Applicants no longer are required to submit scores for entrance exams such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office.
    Note: Candidates for admission must present evidence of bachelor's degree conferral prior to the start of their academic program.
  3. Three letters of reference detailing the ability to meet the rigors of graduate study and the commitment to, and competence in, working with students with disabilities.
  4. A personal statement indicating:

a. reasons for wanting to work with students with disabilities, including personal experiences that have influenced this decision,
b. reasons for selecting SUNY Cortland for graduate studies and this program specifically,
c. discussion of long-term professional goals and your view of how this program will support achieving them, and
d. any other information deemed relevant.

 5. Documentation of initial certification in childhood education or in field that incorporates childhood education content — evidence of pending or awarded certification.

 Admissions Criteria

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

If you graduated more than 10 years prior to application, you may be required to provide additional evidence of more recent academic competence, such as continuing education courses, CEUs or other appropriate documentation.


  • Fall semester applications: July 1
  • Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
  • Summer Session applications: April 1
    Candidates who apply by June 1 are eligible to begin classes during Summer Session II.

Applications submitted after a deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

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Contact us

Cynthia Moriarity, M.S.Ed. program coordinator
Cornish Hall, Room 1213