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Admissions Requirements

Scholastic Requirements

Depending on the intended master's program, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's from an accredited institution whose requirements for the degree are substantially equivalent to those of York College. Additionally, the applicant must complete the prerequisites specified by the program, and be approved by the admissions committee of the program in which he or she intends to specialize.

General Requirements

The Graduate Admissions Committees consisting of the Chairs and faculty from the different Masters programs render their admission decisions based on the evaluation of the overall academic potential of applicants. Applicants should refer to the appropriate departmental listing in this Bulletin for specific admissions requirements. All students applying for admission as master's degree matriculants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or the foreign equivalent, with an undergraduate record indicating good preparation for the proposed area of graduate study. If five to ten years have elapsed since completion of undergraduate work, additional undergraduate courses may be required as a condition of admission.

*The Physician Assistant has a five year limit on Anatomy and Physiology prerequisite and a ten year limit for all other science prerequisites.

Admission Criteria

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

• A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;

• A satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale;

• Sufficient undergraduate course work to complete graduate work in your chosen program.

*Satisfying minimum standards does not guarantee admission, since the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated in competitive programs. Specific program GPA requirements differ.

Application Fee

A non-refundable $75 application fee is required of all applicants. You can pay your application fee by check or money order payable to York College Office of Admissions.

Application Procedure

Information and applications for the Aviation , Clinical Trial Management and Pharmaceutical Science and Business programs contact:

Telephone number : 718-262-2178


To apply please visit the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program website.

Telephone: 718-262-2607

Admission Status

An applicant may be admitted to graduate work without regard to residence or citizenship under one of two categories:

  1. Fully Matriculated: those students who have fulfilled all general and special admissions requirements.

  2. Non-Matriculated: those students who may take courses for credit but have not been formally admitted to a degree program.

Matriculated: For matriculation, students have fulfilled all the requirements for admission.

Non-Matriculated: A formal application must be filed in the Office of Admissions, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, New York, NY 11451, approximately two months before registration date (check school calendar). Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. If the application and supporting material are acceptable, registration material will be sent with further instructions. A non-matriculation application fee of $75.00 will be charged when the student registers. Acceptance to non-matriculated status does not imply approval to take a specific course. This approval rests solely with the graduate program advisor involved. Students should consult the graduate program advisor in the appropriate department for specific information.

Approval of Credit from Non-Matriculant to Matriculant Status

Approval will automatically be granted for courses taken in support of the degree if the grades received are B or higher. Approval is not automatic for courses in which the grade received is less than B, nor for courses not required for the degree. To have such a course considered for approval, the student must submit a credit approval form, which may be obtained in the Office of Registrar.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status

A full-time graduate student registers for 12 credits. A part-time graduate student registers for fewer than 12 credits. Program directors may give permission for students to register for 15 credits.

Transfer of Credit

Students may request transfer credit for relevant graduate courses taken at regionally accredited institutions, whether or not the master's degree was awarded. Transfer of credits is subject to the approval of the department or graduate adviser and to the regulations of the York program in which the student is matriculated. The following additional limitations apply:

1. In order to be counted toward graduation, the course(s) for which transfer credit is requested must have been completed within five years prior to the awarding of the York graduate degree.

2. Credits for courses in which the student earned a grade below B, or took a non-letter grade such as a pass/fail option, are not transferable.

3. A maximum of 12 credits may be transferred.

All Applicants Must Submit:

1. Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended. Transcripts must arrive in envelopes officially sealed by the institution's Registrar office. Non-degree applicants need only to submit unofficial transcript(s).

2. Three letters of recommendation must be submitted; at least two letters must be from instructors who are in a position to attest to the applicant's capacity to successfully complete a program of graduate studies.

3. The applicant may be required to submit test results for the GRE or GMAT. Students should refer to the application instructions section of the online application or seek advice from the appropriate department Chair or Graduate Advisor.

4. Most programs require completion of a sequence of undergraduate pre-requisite courses, before being admitted into the Master's program.

International Student Admission

For the purposes of admission, an international student is defined as an applicant who currently holds a student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa or seeks status upon acceptance to York College. Admission to York College is based upon the academic record and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)or (PTE Academic) Pearson Test of English Academic) or Duolingo scores for those whose primary language is not English. In addition, all academic transcripts must be official and translated into English or they may opt to have their transcripts evaluated bya member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or one of the evaluation services listed below:

• Josef Silny and Associates, [7]

• Transcript Research, [8]

In addition to any other admissions criteria, all students must demonstrate readiness for college-level work in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to enrollment. International students will need to obtain an Immigration Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), in order to enter and/ or remain in the U.S. as an F1 student. This requirement applies whether you are a new student, a transfer student from another U.S. university/college/school or a student transferring between CUNY colleges.

For more information about the application process for international students, please contact:

The International Student Advisor

York College

94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11451

Telephone: (718) 262-2178

Email: [See page 0]

English Proficiency, the TOEFL/ IELTS / PTE or Duolingo

Proof of proficiency in the English language is required of all applicants:

1. Whose first language is not English, and

2. Who were educated in a country where English is not the official language.

This requirement is not based upon country of citizenship or permanent residency, but on the two stated conditions.

Admission To Master's Degree Program

Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Advisory Committee of the department and the divisional dean. Students may be admitted to the graduate program as fully matriculated or non-matriculated.

Application Deadline Dates:

Application deadlines for fall admissions vary. Visit our website for program deadlines,


Appeals Policy

Applicants who are denied admission may appeal directly to the Program Director of the Master's program to which they have applied. Reactivation of an application for admission by students who have been admitted, but have failed to register for classes will proceed as follows: no fee will be charged for reactivation requests for the next semester. After one semester, students must pay the $125 application fee, and have their record reevaluated based on current requirements. Applicants may not request more than two reactivations. Deadlines for students reapplying are the same as those for new applicants


Graduate students who have not registered for one or more semesters must apply for readmission.

• If the student was in good standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or better, the Registrar's Office processes and approves the application.

• Students not in good standing (having a grade point average lower than a 3.0), must schedule a readmission interview with the department Chair of the Master's program.

• Students who have passed the degree limit time may not be readmitted unless the Provost determines that compelling circumstances warrant an exception to this policy.

• Students dismissed from graduate programs who would like to be considered for readmission must submit a written appeal to the department Chair of the Master's program. The student will be readmitted with probationary conditions if the dismissal appeal is approved.

Submission of Fraudulent Documents

The submission of documents in support of applications for admission, such as transcripts, diplomas, test scores, references, or the applications themselves, that are forged, fraudulent, altered from the original, obtained under false pretenses, or otherwise deceptive is prohibited and is punishable by a five-year ban on applying for admission or five year suspension from CUNY. A second violation is punishable by a lifetime ban on applying for admission or expulsion from York College/CUNY.

Admission of Students Who May Pose a Risk to the College

Please note: The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if, in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination, taking into account any information the college has about the crime committed by the student and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a childcare center, summer camp, public school or public school students on the campus. Additionally, the college may consider factors such as the amount of time since the crime was committed, the amount of jail time served by the student, the number of years the student was on probation or parole, whether the student has satisfied probation or parole requirements at the time of the student's application, whether the student has completed drug, alcohol, sex offender, or other treatment, and what work or educational experience the student has had after the conviction. Finally, if the student is known to have been assisted by a CUNY-sponsored or other re-entry program or initiative, the college will consult with a counselor or representative from said program

Health Requirements

Prior to registration, the following health requirements must be met:

Immunizations for Measles, Mumps and Rubella Public Health Law 2165 requires college students to present a complete record of two live immunizations against measles and a single immunization against mumps and rubella. Students born on/or after January 1, 1957 must submit a complete immunization record signed by a health practitioner. Further information regarding health standards may be found in the Student Rights and Regulations section of this catalog.

Meningococcal Disease Public Health Law 2167 requires institutions, including colleges and universities, to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus. Hunter College of the City University of New York is required to maintain a record of the following for each student: a) response to receipt of meningococcal disease and vaccine information signed by the student; b) record of meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past 10 years; or c) acknowledgement of meningococcal disease risks and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student. Please note that students will not be allowed to continue at Hunter if they are not compliant (have not handed in their Response Form) within 30 days from the first scheduled day of classes. To learn more about meningitis and the vaccine, please consult your physician. You can also find information about the disease at

For more information and to download/print the Immunization Requirement Form please see the following website: forms/. The form must be returned to the Office of Health Services, Room AC-1F01, phone number 718-262-2050. Office hours are Monday-Wednesday 10 AM - 5 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM,* Friday 10 AM - 3 PM.

There are additional requirements for health-related programs. Visit individual program's section for specific requirements.

*Evening hours when classes are in session