Degree Candidate (Matriculated)
Consideration for admission to a graduate degree program as a degree candidate is granted to applicants who have a good undergraduate scholastic record (minimum 3.00 grade point average [GPA] on the 4.00 system); who have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or technical school; and who have met all other application requirements of the degree program. (Note that several other degree programs -- especially those in music -- require additional application materials or procedures. These additional requirements are specified on the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies website under “Program-Specific Requirements and Deadlines.”
Students entering the six-year B.S./D.P.T. program in physical therapy and the five-year B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy are admitted directly from the prerequisite undergraduate programs at Ithaca College and need not complete the application for admission to the graduate program. External applicants (non-Ithaca College students) are not considered for admission to these combined undergraduate/graduate degree programs. Undergraduate students may apply to transfer into either combined degree program. See “Undergraduate Admission” for further information.
Undergraduates in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College or State University of New York College at Cortland and Ithaca College undergraduates in speech-language pathology and audiology are granted admission into the respective graduate program upon receipt of an application, provided they possessed a 3.50 GPA at the conclusion of their junior year and approval of the graduate dean. No letters of recommendation or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for these students, but college transcripts are.
Provisional is an enrollment status applicable to students who have not fully met the requirements or standards for matriculation. Students may be admitted provisionally because of a GPA less than 3.00; because of low test scores (as determined by the appropriate graduate program chair and the dean of graduate and professional studies); and/or because of insufficient prerequisite coursework. While provisional admission status does not allow a student to matriculate, it does permit enrollment in coursework toward a master’s degree at Ithaca College. Provisional status will be reviewed by the graduate chair after a student’s first term of a full-time credit load (or its equivalent) and may be converted to matriculated status when prerequisites and/or academic standards have been met.
A maximum of 12 credits earned as a provisional student may be credited toward a graduate degree, except in the M.B.A. program, in which a maximum of 15 credits earned as a provisional student may be credited toward a degree.
Please note that provisional students are limited to undergraduate borrowing levels (up to $5,500 on the Federal Direct Loans -- subsidized; and up to $2,000 on the Federal Direct Loans -- unsubsidized). Also, provisional graduate students are not eligible to borrow from the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.
Seniors Taking Graduate Courses
Ithaca College seniors may take certain graduate courses for undergraduate credit. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better and have completed at least 90 credits. They also must obtain the approval of the instructor, their undergraduate adviser, the chair of the graduate program, the dean of the school, and the dean of graduate and professional studies. Under exceptional circumstances, Ithaca College seniors may take certain graduate courses for graduate credit, provided they obtain the approvals previously specified. Courses taken for graduate credit do not count toward an undergraduate degree.
Students who are not seeking advanced degrees or who are not admitted to degree programs may apply for enrollment in graduate courses as extramural students. This category requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or technical school and permission of the graduate chair. Registration is through the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies
The maximum number of credits earned as an extramural student that may be applied toward graduate degree requirements is determined by each graduate program. A maximum of six credits may be taken in the M.B.A. program on an extramural basis. A maximum of nine credits may be taken in the SLP and TSSLD programs on an extramural basis. All other programs permit a maximum of 12 credits taken on an extramural basis. Extramural students are eligible to apply for matriculated status upon completion of a maximum allowable credits with a GPA of 3.00 (B) in these credits, provided that no more than one grade below B has been earned. These credits may be used to fulfill program requirements only if they are approved by the graduate committee of the major field. Credits earned more than three years before admission to a degree program cannot be applied to meet degree requirements.
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies Application Procedures
The following procedures must be completed by each applicant for admission to graduate studies.
All prospective graduate students should apply for admission online:
Additional Application Materials Needed
In addition to the online application, the following materials are required and must be submitted to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies:
- $40 application fee (A nonrefundable $40 application fee must accompany the application for degree candidacy.)
- official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended
- two letters of recommendation (for printable version of the forms: /gps/gradprograms/admission/index.php)
- any additional materials required by department or school
Your application fee and these materials must be received by Ithaca College by the appropriate deadline. If we do not receive all of your materials, your application will be incomplete and no decision will be made.
Admission Application Deadlines
Deadlines for application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and, where appropriate, GRE or GMAT scores must be met. For assistantship application deadlines, refer to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies website.
Division of Graduate and Professional Studies
Adolescence education: Adolescence education: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those applicants whose files are complete by February 15. (The program has only one start date each year -- in late May.)
Business administration: Application files for summer or fall admission must be completed by March 1. Application files for spring admission must be completed by November 1.
Childhood education: Childhood education: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference is given to those applicants whose files are complete by February 15. (The program has only one start date each year -- in late May.)
Communications: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those applications received by April 1 for fall semester admission and December 1 for spring semester admission. To be considered for an assistantship, completed files must be received by February 15.
Exercise and sport sciences (ESS): Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis with priority given to those applications received by March 1 for the fall semester. Applications received after March 1 may be put on a wait list. Spring admission is by special permission only from the ESS graduate chair.
Health promotion and physical education: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those completed by April 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.
Music: Fall application files for all programs except the master of music in composition and conducting must be complete by March 1. Composition and conducting applications must be complete by January 15. Music education files for applicants for summers-only study must be complete by April 1.
Occupational therapy (professional entry-level master's degree): Completed files must be received by March 1 to be considered for May admission. (The program only has a May start date.)
Speech-language pathology: Completed files must be received by February 1.
Sport management: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those received by March 1.
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 and Professional Studies.
Applicants for admission to a degree program must submit two academic recommendations directly to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. Recommendations should be written by persons able to comment on the student’s academic capabilities (for example, former teachers and deans). Letters of recommendation may also be submitted in an official placement package sent directly to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies by a college or university placement office.
To apply for an assistantship, applicants must submit two additional recommendations from different people evaluating prior work performance. The graduate assistantship application and recommendation forms are part of the application for admission to the graduate program.
Before the first day of classes, every new graduate student is required to complete and submit health certification information to Ithaca College’s J. David Hammond Center for Student Health Services. This includes the New York State immunization requirements. Entrance medical requirements are submitted directly to the Hammond Health Center via a secure web portal that is linked from the health center's web page. Students who do not comply with this requirement will not be allowed to remain on campus, and their course registration will be canceled. More information and forms are also available on the health center's web page.
Hammond Health Center
Applicants to the M.B.A. programs must submit official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies. Other standard test scores will not be accepted as substitutes.
Students applying to the master’s degree program in sport management may choose to take either the GMAT or the GRE. Official score reports should be submitted to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Applicants to programs in exercise and sport sciences, the professional entry-level master’s degree in occupational therapy, speech-language pathology,* teaching students with speech and language disabilities, and sport management must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.
*Note: GRE scores are NOT required for applicants entering either graduate program in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology who were Ithaca College or State University of New York College at Cortland undergraduate students in the field and who possessed a 3.50 GPA at the conclusion of their junior year.
Adolescence Education Application Requirements
Applicants to the M.A.T. program in adolescence education are required to submit a short essay as part of their online application; the topic for the essay is included in the online application form. Finalists for admission are also required to participate in a campus interview with M.A.T. faculty. Candidates are required to submit scores on the state-required Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) by the end of the first summer in the program but, for advising purposes, are encouraged to do so as part of the admission process. Information about the LAST can be found at the website of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations:
Teacher Certification Examinations
Childhood Education Application Requirements
Applicants to the M.S. program in childhood education are required to submit a short essay as part of their online application; the topic is given in the online application form. Finalists for admission are also required to participate in a campus interview with childhood education faculty. Candidates are required to submit scores on the state-required Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) by the end of the first summer in the program but, for advising purposes, are encouraged to do so as part of the admission process. Information about the LAST can be found at the website of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations:
Teacher Certification Examinations
Communications Application Requirements
Applicants to the graduate program in communications should include with their application a short essay stating their purpose for pursuing graduate study at Ithaca College and describing any relevant educational or professional experience.
Music Application Requirements
Applicants for all School of Music degree programs except composition and conducting must perform an audition on their major instrument or voice. While on-campus auditions are highly recommended, applicants may submit a DVD with the permission of the director of music admissions (email@example.com). Audition requirements for each instrument can be found online. Questions regarding repertory should be directed to the faculty member in the appropriate instrument area.
Graduate Audition Requirements
Applicants for the M.M. program in conducting are required to submit an initial screening DVD of a performing group they have conducted recently, approximately 15-20 minutes in length. It is preferred that the DVD be a rehearsal and that the conducting applicant be facing the camera. The purpose of this recording is to aid in the evaluation of the candidate’s conducting competency. Finalists will be invited for an in-person special audition, which will include an interview and live conducting in the major area. The deadline for DVD submissions is February 1.
Applicants for the M.M. program in composition must submit at least three representative original scores and recordings (if available). Scores should exhibit a variety of instrumentation and/or vocal forces. After an initial screening, selected candidates will be invited for an interview with the composition faculty (usually scheduled on School of Music audition days). The deadline for scores submissions is February 1.
Applicants for the M.M. or M.S. program in music education must have completed the requirements for New York State initial or provisional certification, including successful practice teaching in music, or the equivalent requirements for another state. Typically, students entering this degree program have professional music teaching experience. All candidates must submit a 500-750 word scholarly essay on a contemporary issue in music education that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to craft the English language, using and citing scholarly sources.
Special Information for International Applicants
Ithaca College encourages international students to apply 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.
Office of International Programs
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 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 a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction). We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum acceptable score for this exam is 6.0.
Test scores must be reported directly by the testing organization to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ithaca College. A satisfactory command of English is essential for graduate study. TOEFL scores of 550 or higher on the paper version, 213 on the computer version, or 80 or higher on the iBT on the three components of the examination are considered satisfactory. The three components are listening comprehension, structure and written expression, and vocabulary and reading comprehension.
For those who cannot readily 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 and Professional 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.
All application materials for international students must be received by the individual program deadlines.