CSU Graduate Studies - General Admission Criteria
CCSU School of Graduate Studies

General Admission Criteria

Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education to apply for a Master's Program, post baccalaureate teacher certification, and most other programs. The undergraduate record must demonstrate clear evidence of ability to undertake and pursue studies in a graduate field successfully.  To apply for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, 6th year certificate degrees, and Advanced Official Certificate Programs in Professional Counseling, Superintendent of Schools and Reading, a master's degree is required.  

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 (some programs require a 3.00) on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work is required.  

For those students who apply to the School of Graduate Studies and do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), the quality points of credits for courses taken at the graduate level will be added to the quality points of the undergraduate GPA to compute the total GPA to determine if the required 2.70 has been met.  Along with the overall 2.70, it is expected that students meet the requirements of a 3.00 GPA for their graduate or post-baccalaureate course work.   

When applicable, evidence of successful completion of a master’s degree  from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA, on a four-point scale (where A=4.00), will make the student eligible for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, and the undergraduate GPA will not be counted. 

Teacher Certification Programs

Teacher Certification Programs have specific guidelines for teacher preparation programs that are consistent with state requirements.

After admission to the graduate program a student is required to submit a separate application and accompanying documents for review by the Office of the Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, and the respective department to be accepted to the professional program in the School of Education and Professional Studies. Your assigned adviser will explain the separate process for applying to the professional program and give you the dates of submission.  A complete description of the process is also included in the Graduate School Catalogue.  Further information about the requirements for entry into the professional program may be obtained from the Office of the Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies (Barnard Hall 248).

Ed.D., Sixth-Year Certificates and Other Post-Master’s Study 

Admission to programs of post-master’s study, including Ed.D., and the Sixth-Year Certificates in Educational Leadership and in Reading, is based on performance at the master’s degree level in addition to the undergraduate GPA.  Admission to sixth year certificates is limited to students who hold the appropriate Connecticut teaching certificate. Most programs also limit admissions to applicants who hold an appropriate master’s degree or who present other evidence of advanced course work in the field of study.

Students wishing to develop a program of study for other fields may request admission to a 30-credit planned program of post-master’s study in an available area of interest. All applicants are advised that planned programs of post-master’s study, with the exception of the Ed. D., and the Sixth-Year Certificates in Educational Leadership and in Reading, are non-degree programs and are provided in a limited number of fields.