The following procedures must be completed by each
applicant for admission to graduate studies, whether as a degree candidate
or an extramural student.
Deadlines for application,
transcripts, letters of recommendation, and, where appropriate, GRE
scores are March 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring
semester. For programs in speech-language
pathology and teaching students with speech and
language disabilities the deadline is February 1.
Ithaca College admits
students on a rolling admission basis. Applications
are processed in the order they are received. Provided all application
procedures are completed by the deadlines, applicants will be notified
of their entrance status by the Division of Graduate Studies no later
than June 15 for the fall semester and summer session, and December
15 for the spring semester.
Application for admission to a graduate degree program should be made
on the appropriate form (see "Application
Forms") and sent to the Division of Graduate Studies.
A nonrefundable application fee of $40 must accompany the application
form for degree candidacy.
Application for admission as an extramural student should be made on
forms available from the Division
of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.
All applicants, including Ithaca College graduates, must arrange to have official transcripts of all completed work beyond secondary school sent directly to the Division of Graduate Studies.
Applicants for admission to a degree program must
submit two academic recommendations directly to the Division of Graduate
Studies. To apply for an assistantship (not available in the M.B.A.
program), applicants must submit two additional recommendations evaluating
prior work performance. Please see the application forms for specifics.
Recommendations for admission should be from persons able to comment
on the student's academic capabilities (for example, former teachers
and deans) and must be sent by those persons directly to the Division
of Graduate Studies. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted
in an official placement package sent directly to the Division of Graduate
Studies by a college or university placement office.
Before the first day of classes, every new graduate student is required to complete a health certification form and submit it to Ithaca College's J. David Hammond Center for Student Health Services. Students who do not comply with this requirement will not be allowed to remain on campus and their course registration will be canceled. In the event that a student does not receive a copy of this form in the mail, one may be obtained from the health
Applicants to programs in exercise and sport
sciences, speech-language pathology, and teaching students with speech and language disabilities must submit Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) scores to the Division of Graduate Studies.
Applicants to the M.B.A. program must arrange
for official Graduate Management Admission Test
(GMAT) scores to be submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies.
Applicants to the graduate program in communications
should include with their application a short letter stating their purpose
for pursuing graduate study at Ithaca College and describing any educational
or professional experience related to this area.
Applicants for all M.S. and M.M. degree programs, except composition,
in the School of Music should have an audition or submit a taped performance
on their major instrument or voice. Contact the graduate
chair in music regarding the content of the audition or tape recording
to be submitted. Applicants for the M.M. in performance who submit tapes
may also be required to audition in person to demonstrate their recital
Applicants for the M.M. program in conducting are also required to submit
an initial screening videotape of a rehearsal or performance they conducted
recently. The purpose of this tape is to aid in the assessment of conducting
Applicants for the M.M. program in composition should submit representative
scores and tapes. A live interview is recommended.
Applicants for the M.M. or M.S. program in music education must submit
a ca. 500-word essay on a contemporary issue in music education which
demonstrates the applicant's ability to craft the English language,
using and/or citing scholarly sources where appropriate.
Special Information for International Applicants
Ithaca College encourages applications from international
students and values the cultural diversity they bring to the campus
community. The Office
of International Programs provides cultural adjustment
counseling, orientation to the United States, immigration assistance,
and other support services.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
website provides extensive information about the tests, including tutorials,
practice questions, and access to required publications. Most publications
can be downloaded or ordered online.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take
the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
by arrangement with the Educational Testing Service, unless there is
other evidence of English language competence (for example, successful
completion of intensive English training or graduation from an English-speaking
college). The test scores must be reported directly by the testing organization
to the admissions office at Ithaca College. A satisfactory command of
English is essential for graduate study. TOEFL scores of 550 (213 on
the computer version) and above on the three components of the examination
will be considered satisfactory. The three components are listening
comprehension, structure and written expression, and vocabulary and
For those who do not have Internet access in order
to obtain information online, the TOEFL Bulletin of Information and
registration form can be obtained in a number of cities outside the
United States. They often are available at American embassies and consulates,
offices of the United States Information Service (USIS), United States
educational commissions and foundations, and binational centers. They
also may be obtained by writing to Test of English as a Foreign Language,
Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, U.S.A.
Ithaca College offers a four-week intensive ESL (English as a
second language) class before the beginning of the fall semester.
This noncredit course is designed to address the special needs of incoming
international students who have studied English as a second or foreign
language. It focuses on three main areas: development of speaking and
listening skills, emphasis on academic skills (writing and research),
and cultural introduction to the United States and the American educational
system. For further information, contact Diana Dimitrova by phone (607-274-3306)
or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Documents and Credentials
Before an international student can enroll at Ithaca College, the College's
international student adviser must approve the student's visa eligibility
and financial status. A financial statement and supporting documentation
must be received by the Division of Graduate Studies at least eight
weeks before the student expects to arrive in the United States.
These documents must show that all educational expenses, including tuition,
room, board, books, and international travel, can be fully met by the
student, his/her family or a sponsor, and other sources of financial
assistance for the duration of the student's stay in the United States.
If a student is admitted and approval is granted, the student will be
sent an I-20 or DS-2019 form. Upon arrival
on campus, he or she should report directly to the Office of International
Programs. All new international students are required to attend the
International Student Orientation.
All credentials issued in foreign languages, including transcripts and
recommendations, must be accompanied by an official English language
Application deadlines and fees -- all
application materials for international students must be received by
the following dates: