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Applications to all graduate programs are submitted to the College of Graduate Studies through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Common application requirements include a completed application, $50 application fee, résumé, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and test scores. However, application requirements vary depending on an applicant’s status and program of choice. Please explore the information below for additional details.

International applicants will need to submit additional materials such as academic evaluations of foreign transcripts, and official TOEFL scores, and proof of financial support. Please see our Information for International Graduate Students document for detailed information.

To view the cost of attendance, please visit the Tuition and Fees page. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss options for financing your studies. In addition to financial aid, Bridgewater State University also offers scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and conference grants to matriculated graduate students.

Please access the online application to begin your application as a Degree seeking candidate or enroll in a single graduate course as a non-degree student.

Accounting and Finance

Program Coordinator - Dr. Patricia Bancroft

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Graduate Certificate in Finance

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a four year accredited college or university; if the degree has not yet been awarded at the time of application, the successful applicant must be nearing the completion of the bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • A résumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievements as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate business studies.z
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references
  • Official copy of scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

NOTE: Applicants to the MSA degree program who meet certain provisions will be considered for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, that requirement will be waived. The following provisions qualify an applicant to be considered for the GMAT waiver:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. master’s, doctorate, JD, etc.) in a specialized business field, economics, law or related field, or in a discipline involving a significant quantitative component (e.g. engineering, science, statistics).
  • CPA, CMA, CFA or CFM certification.
  • Candidates graduating with an undergraduate degree in accounting from Bridgewater State University may be eligible to waive the GMAT requirement, providing that they graduate with a minimum overall GPA of 3.20; minimum GPA within the ACFI major of 3.20 (or waived by the department if student is not an ACFI accounting major); and earned no more than one ACFI course grade lower than a B-.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a GMAT score from an applicant even if these conditions are met.

Athletic Training (MS)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Suanne Maurer-Starks

Application Deadlines

January 15 for August admission only.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé and a completed Athletic Training Supplemental Form
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A 3.0 overall GPA based on four years work for the undergraduate degree
  • Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 must submit official GRE exam scores
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least two from professors
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in: Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Introduction to Athletic Training; Health/Wellness; Protective Techniques in Athletic Training (including taping, bracing and protective equipment); Introductory Psychology; Biomechanics/Kinesiology; Exercise Physiology; and a Basic EMT Course with current Emergency Cardiac Care Certification* (Certification in Advanced First Aid, Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and use of barrier devices, and bloodborne pathogens training)

* Provisional admission can be granted to a student currently enrolled in an EMT course.

Business Administration (MBA)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Marian Extejt

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • A résumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate business studies 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university; if the degree has not yet been awarded at the time of application, the successful applicant must be nearing completion of the bachelor’s degree
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references, submitted on graduate-school reference forms
  • Official copy of scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

NOTE: Applicants to the MBA degree program who meet certain provisions will be considered for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, that requirement will be waived. The following provisions qualify an applicant to be considered for the GMAT waiver:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. master’s, doctorate, JD, etc.) in a specialized business field, economics, law or related field, or in a discipline involving a significant quantitative component (e.g. engineering, science, statistics).
  • CPA, CMA, CFA or CFM certification.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a GMAT score from an applicant even if these conditions are met.

Computer Science (MS)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Seikyung Jung

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 900 on the GRE General Test. Students who took the GRE exam after August 2011 will require a combined score of 290 on the new grading scale
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

The Master of Science in Computer Science program seeks to attract individuals from various backgrounds who are highly motivated and prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous advanced degree curriculum. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants should be familiar with the organization of computers and have competencies in a high-level programming language such as C, C++, or Java; discrete and continuous mathematics; and data structures and algorithms.

Counselor Education Programs

Master of Education (MEd) in Mental Health Counseling

Program Coordinator - Dr. Nikki Freeburg

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required if the candidate holds a master’s degree
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taDoon or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. (Candidates who already hold a master's degree are not required to take the GRE, but may be asked to do so by the Department of Counselor Education if their graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement.)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • Candidates with a composite score of 700-899 on the GRE (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale) AND a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; OR
  • Candidates with a 2.50-2.79 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND a composite GRE score that exceeds 900 (or a composite score of 290 on the new grading scale)
  • If a candidate already hold's a master's degree, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Master of Education (MEd) in Mental Health Counseling, Dual License

Program Coordinator - Dr. Nikki Freeburg

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required if the candidate holds a master’s degree
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. (Candidates who already hold a master's degree are not required to take the GRE, but may be asked to do so by the Department of Counselor Education if their graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement.)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • Candidates with a composite score of 700-899 on the GRE (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale) AND a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; OR
  • Candidates with a 2.50-2.79 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND a composite GRE score that exceeds 900 (or a composite score of 290 on the new grading scale)
  • If a candidate already hold's a master's degree, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Master of Education (MEd) in School Counseling

Program Coordinator - Dr. Maxine Rawlins

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required if the candidate holds a master’s degree
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. (Candidates who already hold a master's degree are not required to take the GRE, but may be asked to do so by the Department of Counselor Education if their graduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement.)
  • Qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portions of the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure®(MTEL), and "Documentation of Licensure Status" Form
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • Candidates with a composite score of 700-899 on the GRE (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale) AND a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; OR
  • Candidates with a 2.50-2.79 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND a composite GRE score that exceeds 900 (or a composite score of 290 on the new grading scale)
  • If a candidate already hold's a master's degree, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Master of Education (MEd) in Student Affairs Counseling

Program Coordinator - Dr. Michael Koce

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required if the candidate holds a master’s degree
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education
  • A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • Candidates with a composite score of 700-899 on the GRE (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale) AND a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; OR
  • Candidates with a 2.50-2.79 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND a composite GRE score that exceeds 900 (or a composite score of 290 on the new grading scale)
  • If a candidate already hold's a master's degree, a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling

Program Coordinator - Dr. Nikki Freeburg

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A master’s degree in counseling, which included an applied counseling internship with clinical supervision
  • A 3.5 cumulative GPA in the master’s program
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, at least one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the applicant's counseling activities
  • Successful experience in a counseling capacity demonstrated by at least one year of full-time employment as a counselor
  • A 500-word personal statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.
  • If requested by the Department of Counselor Education: GRE combined score of 1000 or higher

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Post-Masters Licensure in School Counseling

Program Coordinator - Dr. Maxine Rawlins

Application Deadlines

Fall: February 1
Spring: October 1
Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A master’s degree in counseling or related field (i.e., social work or clinical psychology), which included an applied counseling internship with formal supervision
  • A 3.5 cumulative GPA in the master’s program
  • Demonstration of successful experience in a counseling capacity
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, at least one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the applicant’s counseling activities
  • A 500-word personal statement related to the student’s intended counseling program option
  • Qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portions of the Massachusetts Tests of Educator Licensure®(MTEL), and "Documentation of Licensure Status" Form
  • GRE combined score of 1000 or higher (if requested by the Department of Counselor Education)

Applicant Screening Process

Candidates who meet the above criteria will be invited to an admissions interview. Candidates who meet the following criteria will receive a conditional invitation to an admissions interview:

  • A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0-3.49 and a composite GRE score that exceeds 1000 (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale)

Final applicants are required to participate in a one-day Admissions Day. The Admissions Day interview is an opportunity for faculty to assess the applicant's potential for employment as a professional counselor. Admissions Day is held on the third Friday of March and the third Friday of November each year.

Criminal Justice (MS)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield

The MS in Criminal Justice offers two optional concentrations:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Crime and Corrections

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1 Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A composite score of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011 or a comparable composite score on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Educational Leadership Programs

Program Coordinator - Dr. T. C. Mattocks

Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Educational Leadership (LEAD Program for Initial Licensure)

Areas of Licensure:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Supervisor/Director
  • School Business Administrator

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
  • Letter of intent articulating candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership
  • Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought in addition to all Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Prerequisite experience:
    • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator
    • Additional requirements for directors, department heads and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
      • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects the candidate will supervise
        or
      • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) the candidate will supervise
    • Additional requirement for School Business Administrator: a minimum of two years experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems

Postmaster's Licensure in Educational Leadership (LEAD Program for Initial Licensure)

Areas of Licensure:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Supervisor/Director
  • School Business Administrator
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
  • Letter of intent articulating participant’s philosophy of educational leadership and school reform
  • Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought in addition to all Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Prerequisite experience:
    • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator
    • Additional requirements for directors, department heads and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
      • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects the candidate will supervise
        or
      • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) the candidate will supervise
    • Additional requirement for School Business Administrator: a minimum of two years experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership, Initial Licensure

Areas of Licensure:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Supervisor/Director
  • School Business Administrator

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
  • An essay on the candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought in addition to all Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Prerequisite experience:
    • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator
    • Additional requirements for directors, department heads and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
      • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects the candidate will supervise
        or
      • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) the candidate will supervise
    • Additional requirement for School Business Administrator: a minimum of two years experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership, Non-licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • An essay on the candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, Initial Licensure

Areas of Licensure:

  • Principal/Assistant Principal
  • Supervisor/Director
  • School Business Administrator
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from immediate supervisor)
  • Essay on the candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership and school reform
  • Passing score on the Communication and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought in addition to all Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Prerequisite experience:
    • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator
    • Additional requirements for directors, department heads and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
      • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects the candidate will supervise
        or
      • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) the candidate will supervise
    • Additional requirement for School Business Administrator: a minimum of two years experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, Non-licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from an immediate supervisor)
  • An essay on the candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs

Program Coordinator - Dr. Greenberg

Postbaccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Initial Licensure

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A liberal arts or sciences undergraduate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, the Foundations of Reading test, and the Early Childhood Test
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Postbaccalaureate in Elementary Education, Initial Licensure

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A liberal arts or sciences undergraduate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, the Foundations of Reading test and the General Curriculum Test
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education in Elementary Education, Initial Licensure

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test and either the General Curriculum test or the Foundations of Reading test
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Professional Licensure

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) that were required for the applicant's initial teaching license in Massachusetts.
  • An initial teaching license in Massachusetts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education in Elementary Education, Professional Licensure

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR a composite score of 900 (or 290 if taken after August 2011) on the GRE general test.
  • An initial teaching license in Massachusetts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Non-Licensure

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR a composite score of 900 (or 290 if taken after August 2011) on the GRE general test.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education Elementary Education, Non-Licensure

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR a composite score of 900 (or 290 if taken after August 2011) on the GRE general test.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completed Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

English (MA)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Gregory Chaplin

(For Master of Arts in Teaching English -- see "Secondary Education: Professional Licensure" section below)

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 undergraduate degree GPA based upon work completed in their junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011
  • An undergraduate major in English, with at least 24 credits in the discipline, is generally required for admission to this program. Students with deficient academic backgrounds are sometimes accepted into the program with the stipulation that these deficiencies be made up before work actually credited to the degree program begins.
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Health Education

Program Coordinator - Dr. Karen Richardson

Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Health - Health/Family and Consumer Sciences

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation; at least one should be an academic reference from a professor
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.

Master of Education (MEd) in Health Promotion

This program has been temporarily suspended. Please contact Dr. Karen Richardson for more information.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2015 Cohort: April 1, 2015 (late applications will be accepted if received with adequate time for processing)
The Health Promotion department is currently recruiting a cohort to begin in Fall 2015, with plans to accept a cohort every other year. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying for updated information about the program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior year
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans
  • Applicants who do not possess an adequate background in health and/or related areas will be required to make up course deficiencies. Such background course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.

Instructional Technology

Program Coordinator - Dr. Anne Hird

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology (non-licensure)

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant

Postbaccalaureate in Instructional Technology (initial teacher licensure program)

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon course work completed during the junior and senior years*
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.
  • * Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.8 should contact the Graduate Admissions office for a low-GPA remedy.

Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology (non-licensure)

Application Deadlines

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon course work completed during the junior and senior years*
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation. At least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor.
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL), OR a composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.
  • * Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than 2.8 should contact the Graduate Admissions office for a low-GPA remedy.

Physical Education

Program Coordinator - Dr. Karen Richardson

Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Physical Education

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation; at least one should be an academic reference from a professor
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • A personal statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals

MS in Physical Education

Concentrations in:

  • Adapted Physical Education and Sport
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Human Performance and Health Fitness
  • Individualized
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Teaching Games for Understanding

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Teaching Games for Understanding concentration: Summer entry only, every other year. The next cohort begins Summer 2016. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator prior to applying for updated program information.

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA based upon four years of work or a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • Initial Teacher Licensure in Physical Education is required for the Teaching Games for Understanding concentration.
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • A personal statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals

PreK-12 Education for Educators in Non-U.S. Settings (MEd)

Program Coordinator - Dr. J.M. Bodi

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least two should be from professors and the third can be from a professional employer
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Psychology (MA)

Program Coordinator - Dr. John Calicchia

Application Deadlines

February 15 for Fall admission only. No late applications will be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree in either psychology or a closely related field
  • Above average GRE general test scores
  • Field experience is preferred
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Final candidates will receive a personal interview from the Admissions Committee
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Public Administration

Program Coordinator - Dr. Deniz Leuenberger

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA program offers an optional concentration:

  • Civic and Nonprofit Leadership and Administration

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation should come form professors or practitioners familiar with the student's academic ability
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • A composite score of 900 on the GRE General Test (clear admission) or 700 (conditional admission). Students who took the GRE exam after August 2011 will require a combined score of 290 on the new grading scale for clear admission, or a comparable score for conditional admission.
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Final candidates may be interviewed by the MPA program faculty

The GRE requirement may be waived for qualified political science majors in their senior year who meet the following criteria:

  • graduation at the end of the term from BSU or another college or university that has an articulation agreement with the BSU Political Science Department;
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and a GPA in the Political Science major of 3.50 or higher; and
  • successful completion of POLI 279 - Introduction to Public Administration (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of "B".

The GRE may also be waived for applicants with five or more years of public administration supervisory experience AND an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher from an accredited institution.

Any applicant who wishes to waive the GRE requirement must submit a written request to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the time of application. The department reserves the right to require the GRE in all situations.

Certified Public Manager (CPM)

Program Coordinator - Jodie Kluver

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief essay on your interest in public service and how certification as a public manager would support your aspirations for the future

Reading Programs

Program Coordinator - Dr. Nancy Witherell

Master of Education (MEd) in Reading

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 900 (clear admit) or 600 (conditional admit) on the GRE General Test. Students who took the GRE exam after August 2011 will require a combined score of 290 on the new grading scale (or equivalent score for conditional admit).
  • Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active licensure as a Reading Specialist (Initial or Professional) OR a qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
  • One year teaching experience in area of licensure
  • Three letters of recommendation with a rating of 1 (“Highly Recommended”). At least one should be from a teaching supervisor and one from someone who has knowledge of the applicant’s aptitude for advanced scholarship.
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form and evidence of licensure
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Reading

Application Deadlines

October 1 - This program only accepts students every two years. The next cohort begins January 2016.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or University
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0
  • Possession of a Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active licensure as a Reading Specialist (Initial or Professional) OR a qualifying score on the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills (01)
  • Three years of experience teaching in the area of licensure
  • Three letters of recommendation with a rating of 1 (“Highly Recommended”). At least one should be from a teaching supervisor and one from someone who has knowledge of the applicant’s aptitude for advanced scholarship.
  • Evidence of having taken READ 551 - Case Studies in Literacy Acquisition and Development and READ 552 - Literacy Assessment Principles and Techniques at Bridgewater State University or six credits of equivalent course work at another institution of higher education
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form and evidence of licensure
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Secondary Education Initial Licensure (APB Program)

Program Coordinator - Peter Cannone

The Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Program (APB) is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teaching licensure in one of the following fields:

  • Teacher of Biology, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Chemistry, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Dance (all levels)
  • Teacher of Earth Sciences, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of English, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Foreign Language: Spanish, Grades 5-12
  • Teacher of History, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Mathematics, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Music (all levels)
  • Teacher of Physics, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Theater (all levels)
  • Teacher of Visual Art, Grades PreK-8 or 5-12

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

As part of the admission process, each candidate’s transcripts will be reviewed by the APB program coordinator in collaboration with the appropriate departmental graduate coordinator for relevant content area coursework. A list of required topics has been determined by the specialized professional associations -- please see APB Transcript Review document at right for more information. The result of this review may require courses to be taken in the content area in addition to the 15 core APB education credits. Completion of this course work will not be applied to the APB program’s minimum credit requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8*
  • Passing MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, both Reading and Writing subtests
  • Passing MTEL® scores from subject matter test that corresponds to specific teaching license sought
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form and evidence of licensure (if any)
  • Statement of desire to be a teacher, including descriptions of appropriate life experiences and experience with youth at the licensure level
  • * Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for a Low GPA Remedy.

Secondary Education: Professional Licensure (MAT)

Program Coordinators:
Master's Core: Dr. J.M. Bodi
Biology: Dr. Jeffery Bowen
Creative Arts: Prof. John Hooker
English: Dr. Gregory Chaplin
History: Dr. Wing-kai To
Mathematics: Dr. Uma Shama
Music: Dr. Sarah McQuarrie
Physics & Physical Science: Dr. Edward Deveney

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are offered in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Creative Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

Bridgewater also offers an MAT with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with both an initial licensure and a non-licensure option - please see separate TESOL section for admissions information.

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011 (not required for Creative Arts, Physics, Physical Science or TESOL)
  • An initial teaching license
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form and evidence of licensure
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Additional requirement for Creative Arts: 10-15 works of art submitted in digital format, OR an academic writing sample in the field of art, art education or art history, not exceeding five pages.

Program Coordinator - Dr. Mark Brenner

Application Deadlines

January 10 for Fall admission only. No late applications will be accepted.

Application Guide

Please read the MSW Application Guide for detailed information on the program and admissions requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • MSW Application Supplement
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. A liberal arts background with some coursework in the social, behavioral and biological sciences is strongly preferred. Applicants with other backgrounds may be asked to take additional coursework prior to matriculation in the program.
  • Three letters of reference, ideally from supervisors, faculty members and others able to attest to the applicant’s readiness to undertake graduate education in social work
  • A statement of personal and professional goals (see MSW Application Supplement at right for details)
  • Advanced Standing applicants: please include a summary statement of your field experience. Instructions for this statement can be found in the MSW Application Guide at right.

The admission committee’s decision will be based on the applicant’s demonstrated academic ability, interpersonal skills and self-awareness – indicators of the likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the program. In addition, evidence of a commitment to the social work profession and to the mission of the Bridgewater State University MSW program, and of the likely contribution the applicant might make to the citizens of Southeastern Massachusetts will be assessed. Social work requires the ability to withstand difficult emotional challenges, to work with people whose cultural backgrounds and/or personal values differ from one’s own, and to practice in a demanding and changing political and fiscal environment. Special attributes such as linguistic ability compatible with those in the region, a demonstrated commitment working with underserved populations, and particular skills such as those in research and policy implementation will be considered.

Special Education Programs

Program Coordinator - Dr. J. Edward Carter

MEd in Special Education - Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) Initial Licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (both Reading and Writing subtests) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

MEd in Special Education - Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) Initial Licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (both Reading and Writing subtests) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

MEd in Special Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers - Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) Initial Licensure

This program is intended for teachers who hold an elementary or early childhood education initial license and is designed to provide them with an initial license as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities, PreK-8, and a Master of Education in Special Education, which fulfills the coursework requirements for professional licensure in elementary or early childhood education.

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (both Reading and Writing subtests) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form with evidence of Massachusetts Elementary or Early Education Initial Teacher License
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

MEd in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12) Professional Licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (both Reading and Writing subtests) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • An Initial Special Education Teaching License in Massachusetts
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form with evidence of initial license
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals

MEd in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) Professional Licensure

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills (both Reading and Writing subtests) Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • An Initial Special Education Teaching License in Massachusetts
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form with evidence of initial license
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals

Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education (non-licensure)

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Réumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR an acceptable score on the GRE general test.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate Certificate Program

Program Coordinator - Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), TESOL, non-licensure concentration

Program Coordinator - Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA based upon four years of work or a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (at least two academic references)
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), TESOL, licensure concentration

Program Coordinator - Ken Dobush

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA based upon four years of work or a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (at least two academic references)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Accounting

Program Coordinator - Dr. Patricia Bancroft

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Certified Public Manager (CPM)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Deniz Leuenberger

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief essay on your interest in public service and how certification as a public manager would support aspirations for the future

Finance

Program Coordinator - Dr. Patricia Bancroft

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Instructional Technology

Program Coordinator - Dr. Anne Hird

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Coordinator - Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional

Women’s and Gender Studies

Program Coordinator - Dr. Maura Rosenthal

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional