Applying to GSE's Master's Degree Programs

We have a rolling admission's policy and continue to accept applications after the priority deadlines. Contact program coordinators to confirm for your program of interest.

Applying to Teacher Education Programs

Each program has specific admission requirements. Review the admission requirements for your program before submitting your application. If you have questions about whether your qualifications meet those admission requirements, contact Senior Staff Assistant Tami Mann or the program coordinator. Contact information for the program coordinators is on the program pages.

All applicants for admission to master's degree programs must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing. Undergraduates entering their final semester, and undergraduates preparing for an accelerated degree program, may also apply.

Applicants to pre-service programs must have completed a general education distribution of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences. Program-specific prerequisites can be found on respective program webpages. Be sure prerequisites are met prior to application.

International students: New York Education Law now permits teachers to qualify for Permanent or Professional NYS Teaching Certificates when they have verified USCIS Permanent Resident status. Students who do not seek certification to teach in New York state should apply to the Educational Studies program.

Priority deadlines

GSE reviews applications year-round, and most programs admit students to start in either fall or spring.

  • For fall admission, the application priority deadline is Feb. 1
  • For spring admission, the application priority deadline is Oct. 15

Priority applications receive first consideration. However, GSE accepts and will consider applications received after those dates on a space-available basis. Contact program coordinators to inquire whether openings exist.

For the Childhood and Early Childhood programs, admission is for fall only, with a priority deadline of Feb. 1.  Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered as space permits. 

For the Adolescence Education (MAT) programs, note priority deadlines above. Applicants interested in admission for spring should contact the appropriate program coordinator to ensure that spring openings exist. 

Graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships usually are awarded for fall, so application materials should be submitted by Feb. 1 to be considered.

Familiarize yourself with all application procedures for Binghamton University's Graduate School as well as the Graduate School of Education (GSE).

It can take several weeks or months to prepare, collect and submit all required materials. Although programs may consider students after application deadlines, only on-time applications are sure to be considered.

Applicants must submit all of the following materials:

  • Graduate School online application to degree programs.
  • Personal statement. This is the only personal statement you need to submit to apply to the Graduate School of Education. Applicants to the MS in Educational Studies program should follow the essay requirements outlined in that program description. All other applicants to GSE shall submit an essay of approximately 1,000 words (4-5 typed pages, double-spaced) that addresses these four topics:
      Why you choose teaching as a vocation
    • The values and concerns you bring to the study of education, and more specifically, to the field of education for which you are applying
    • Your educational and professional goals
    • What you hope to contribute to your chosen field of education
  • Official transcripts for all college study. Applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • At least two letters of recommendation from superiors who can attest to your competence as a teacher and your potential to successfully complete graduate study.  
  • Graduate Record Examination (General Test only) sent to code 2535. Take the GRE in time for an official score report to be the application deadline. The GRE General Test is a universal requirement for application to all GSE Programs.
  • Résumé, to include current employment, previous professional education experience (including student teaching), volunteer work and other experiences with children and youth.
  • Copy of NYS Teacher Certification, TEACH file or TEACH reference number (required for all in-service programs). A program may accept a teaching certificate from another state, but that does not guarantee that NYS will recognize it, or that our programs fulfill teacher certification requirements in other states.


Last Updated: 4/5/17