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, preference is given to those applicants who apply by February 1 for fall admission.
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.
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. The graduate assistantship application and recommendation forms are part of the application for admission to the graduate program. You can access all three forms by clicking on the "application checklist and forms for all programs except M.B.A." link. Please see the application forms section for specific information.
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 center.
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. No GRE scores are required for applicants entering either graduate program in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology who were Ithaca College undergraduate students in the department and who possessed a 3.50 GPA at the conclusion of their junior year.
Communications Application Requirements
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 relevant educational or professional experience.
Music Application Requirements
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 potential.
Applicants for the M.M. program in conducting are required to submit an initial screening videotape of a rehearsal or performance they conducted recently. Candidates whose videotapes are deemed to be of an acceptable level will be invited to campus for a live conducting audition/interview.
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 500-700 word essay on a contemporary issue in music education that demonstrates the applicant's writing ability and that uses 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
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 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 reading comprehension.
For those who cannot access the Internet to obtain information online, the TOEFL information bulletin 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, P.O. Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA.
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. After admission and status approval, 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 translation.
Fall registration -- July 5
Spring registration -- November 26
Summer registration -- April 3
M.B.A. applicants -- April 3