Ready to Apply?
SUNY Oswego offers multiple start dates throughout the year, so you can apply when you are ready. Prospective students are encouraged to complete their applications a month in advance of their chosen semester start. See the graduate program deadlines.
Apply to a graduate program
The application for Graduate Studies requires all candidates to provide personal and contact information, and educational and professional history.
All programs require a purpose statement for graduate study, professional resume, two letters of recommendation and an official transcript.
Certain programs require additional materials including: tests, essays/papers, art portfolio, proof of educational certification, or an advisement meeting.
A maximum of 6 credit hours of prior-to-admission coursework may be requested for transfer credit consideration for program application. Submit the Approval of Transfer Credit form for eligibility and consideration.
Take a class as a non-degree student
The non-degree (non-matriculated) application requires candidates to provide contact and educational history.
A transcript as proof of completion of a bachelor's degree is required for admission as a non-degree student. Candidates must upload a copy of an unofficial transcript during the application process. Transcripts must include the name of the degree granting institution. If your name appears different on the transcript, please notify Graduate Studies.
Non-degree students may take up to 9 credits unless approved for professional development status. Certain courses are reserved for matriculated students and therefore not available to non-degree students.
The application for international students follows the same guidelines as domestic applicants.
All non-native English speaking international students must submit either the TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum TOEFL score is 83, and the Minimum IELTS score is 6.5.
Once an admission decision has been made, students receive a letter regarding the decision and a referral to the International Student and Scholar Services Office to coordinate the I-20 process.
In order to issue a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (Form I-20), the following three documents must be on file: a copy of the student's Passport ID, a completed SUNY International Student Financial Statement signed and stamped by the bank and/or sponsor as well as an original bank statement with a bank official's signature and stamp evidencing sufficient funds for one year of tuition.