General admission to a graduate degree program as a degree candidate is granted to applicants who have a good undergraduate scholastic record (a 3.00 grade point average [GPA] on the 4.00 system is a minimum criterion) and have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or technical school. Many other degrees, especially those in music, require additional supporting materials or procedures, such as an audition, to complete the application process. These additional requirements are listed under "Application Procedures" and in the appropriate departmental sections of the catalog.
Students entering the graduate programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy are admitted directly from their 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 graduate programs. Students may apply to Ithaca College to transfer into the undergraduate degree in clinical health studies or occupational science.
Ithaca College 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. 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 met the requirements or standards for matriculation. Students who have applied for graduate study and have been accepted pending satisfactory completion of specific course deficiencies fall into this category. Also, students with less than an acceptable cumulative GPA (as determined by the respective graduate program chair and the dean of graduate and professional studies) may be enrolled provisionally until they have completed, with a grade of B or better, the number of graduate credits stipulated by the respective graduate program chair.
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 - unsubsized.) Also, provisional graduate students are not eligible to borrow from the Federal Direct PLUS Loan.
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.
A maximum of 12 credits earned as a provisional student may be credited toward a graduate degree, except in the M.B.A. program, where a maximum of 15 credits earned as a provisional student may be credited toward a 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.
The following procedures must be completed by each applicant for admission to graduate studies.
All prospective graduate students should apply for admission online:
In addition to the online application, the following materials are required and must be submitted to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies:
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.
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: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis; preference is given to those applicants who apply by February 15.
Business administration: Application files for summer or fall admission must be completed by May 15, with preference given to complete applications received by March 1. Complete applications that are received by March 1 will also be given full consideration for M.B.A. merit scholarship awards; no separate scholarship application is required. Application files for spring semester admissions must be completed by November 1.
Childhood education: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis until May 15; preference is given to those applicants who apply by March 1.
Communications: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those applicants who apply by July 5.
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 MM in Composition and Conducting must be completed by March 1 for admission. Composition and Conducting applications must be completed by January 15. Music education files for those who are applying for summers-only study must be completed by April 1 for admission.
Speech-language pathology: Completed files must be received by February 1 for consideration for admission.
Sport management: Application files will be considered on an ongoing basis, with preference given to those files received by March 1 for admission.
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. To apply for an assistantship 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.
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 and Professional Studies. 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.
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 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 programs in exercise and sport sciences, 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.
No GRE scores are 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.
Applicants to the M.B.A. programs are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and arrange for official scores to be submitted 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. If they choose to take the GMAT, scores should be submitted to the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies.
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 expected to submit scores on the state-required Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to the start of the program and, for advising purposes, are encouraged to do so as part of the admissions process. Information about the LAST can be found at the website of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations:
Teacher Certification Examinations
Applicants to the M.S. program in childhood 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 childhood education faculty. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit scores on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to the start of the program and, for advising purposes, are encouraged to do so as part of the admissions process. Information about the LAST can be found at the website of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations:
Teacher Certification Examinations
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 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 the DVD submissions is February 1.
Applicants for the M.M. program in composition must submit at least three representative original scores and recording 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. Generally, 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.
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.
Office of International Programs
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 an English-speaking college). We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum acceptable score for this exam is 6.0.
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 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.
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.