Montclair University Essay

Thank you for your interest in applying to The Graduate School at Montclair State University. You can apply in three easy steps:

  1. Choose your program of study: Each program may have their own specific deadline and application requirements. Before you submit your application, it is very important for you to review and take note of the individual application guidelines for your intended course of study. This will help to ensure that your application – with all corresponding materials – is complete and submitted on time.
  2. Create a user account: You will use this account to submit your application, upload supplemental items, and check your application status.
  3. Fill out and submit the online application with or without any supplemental materials: You must submit the online application before uploading required supplemental items. Once you have submitted the application, the system will indicate which specific application documents are required in the Supplemental Items section of the application.
    • Transcripts:
      • Official transcripts are required from every college or university you have attended – they need to be in their original sealed envelopes. Please have the institution send your transcript(s) directly to The Graduate School. The address is provided below.
      • If Montclair State University is listed on your application as a previous or current institution, there is no need for you to request this particular transcript. The Graduate School will obtain it directly from the Registrar on your behalf.
      • If you are an undergraduate student in your last term, please submit an official copy of your current transcript. If you are accepted into the graduate program, a final transcript indicating that you have completed your undergraduate studies will be required before you can register for classes. Applicants who have an international education may not apply as last-term seniors.
      • Applicants with a non-US degree: In lieu of a transcript, please submit a course-by-course evaluation along with U.S. degree equivalency information of your coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices.
    • Letters of Recommendation:
      • Please see the programs of study to learn how many letters of recommendation are required with your application.
      • After you have submitted your application, the online system will allow you to provide the contact information of your recommenders in the Supplemental Items section of your application. They will then receive instructions from The Graduate School on how to submit their recommendations electronically.
      • Whenever possible, recommendations should be from professors in your undergraduate field of study who are familiar with your academic work.
      • If a significant amount of time has passed since you graduated, recommendation letters can be submitted from employers, supervisors or other professionals who can comment on your background, work experience, and motivation to succeed.
      • Friends, family members, or fellow students are not considered appropriate sources for a recommendation letter.
    • Standardized Test Scores:
      • If scores are required for your program of interest, please refer to the reporting codes below to ensure that we are official designated recipients of your standardized test scores.
      • The institutional codes for reporting are as follows:
        • GRE, TOEFL, IELTS: 2520
        • MAT: 1400
        • GMAT – part time MBA: 1T2-NK-80
        • GMAT – full time MBA: 1T2-NK-86
        • PRAXIS I Core Academic Skills:
          • Reading: 5712
          • Writing: 5722
          • Mathematics: 5732
    • Essays/Statements:
      • Many of our programs require a personal statement or an essay. Please refer to the individual page for your program of study in order to find any additional information pertaining to required written materials.
      • You can upload your personal statement or essay in the Supplemental Items section.
    • Application fee:
      • There is a nonrefundable $60 application fee. When you are ready to submit your application, you will have the option to pay via credit card, check/money order, or application fee waiver.
      • Check or money orders should be made payable to Montclair State University, and mailed to the address for The Graduate School listed below.
      • While filling out your application form you will be asked for your preference for paying the application fee or choosing an appropriate application fee waiver.  Please note the information provided in this section for assistance in paying or waiving your application fee when you submit your application.
    • Please mail anything that cannot be submitted electronically to:

      Montclair State University
      The Graduate School
      1 Normal Avenue
      Montclair, NJ 07043

If you have any further questions about the application process, call or email The Graduate School anytime.

Students with Special Needs: Services are available for graduate students with special needs. For more information, please contact the Disability Resource Center of the Students with Disabilities Office at 973-655-5431.

 

In order to gain admission into the program students must submit:

  • An application.
  • $60 application fee (non-refundable).
  • Official copies of the academic transcript from each college and/or university attended, documenting an earned undergraduate degree.
  • A statement of objectives.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a phone interview with a committee of faculty teaching in the program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement waived for admission to this program.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts are required from each school you have attended.
  • An official transcript bears the raised seal of an academic institution and is sent directly to The Graduate School by the institution. You may also include your official transcript in a sealed envelope with the institution’s registrar’s signature or seal with your application.
  • If you studied under a maiden name or prior name, your institution must indicate both prior and current names on your transcript.
  • Do not request a transcript from the Montclair State University Registrar if Montclair is listed on your application as a previous or current institution. The Graduate School will obtain your Montclair State University transcript directly.
  • Including your U.S. social security number on your transcript or transmittal sheet will expedite processing of your application.

Statement of Objectives

Many of our programs require a written statement or an essay. The statement or essay, in which you present your reasons for your proposed graduate studies, is an important component of the admission decision process and applications will not be reviewed without it.

Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:

  • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
  • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career? Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
  • Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?

Letters of Recommendation

  • All applicants, other than non-degree applicants, are required to submit letters of recommendation to The Graduate School. Recommendations from professors in your undergraduate major field of study who are familiar with your academic work are ideal.
  •  If you have been out of school for a considerable time period, you should submit letters from employers, supervisors or other professionals who can comment on your background, experiences and motivation to succeed. Friends, family members or fellow students are not appropriate sources for letters of recommendation, and many graduate programs will not review your application if it includes letters from these sources.

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