Graduate Studies - Application Instructions
CCSU School of Graduate Studies


Congratulations on your decision to apply to the School of Graduate Studies at Central Connecticut State University.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to visit our graduate studies website at for detailed information on our graduate programs and admission requirements. Also, please be sure to review information on the additional materials that may be required by the department for particular graduate programs.

How to Apply

Please complete every question. If you are unsure how to answer, please refer to the detailed Admissions Information and Instructions located below. We will be happy to answer any additional questions. Kindly call the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at (860) 832-2350.

Admission Information and Instructions

Admissions Policy

All official transcripts requested should be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office at CCSU. Unofficial or student issued copies will not be accepted. Any additional materials required must be sent directly to the academic department. Please note, in addition to all other graduate admissions requirements, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

The information furnished by you on your Application for Admission, together with all other information and materials received by the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from any source, will be kept completely confidential. It will not be disclosed to anyone, except for official purposes only, information may be released according to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

A non-refundable application fee of $50, payable online, accompanies your online application. We accept Visa, Master or Discovery cards, and electronic check.

Applicants must request that all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts be submitted directly to the CCSU Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office from every institution attended or where a course was taken except Central Connecticut State University. This includes transcripts for courses taken and transferred to another institution. Hand delivered transcripts, transcripts sent from the applicant, or faxed transcripts are not considered official and will not be accepted. Note: original study abroad transcripts may also be needed and requested. Applicants who hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.00 or higher GPA on a four-point scale (where A = 4.00) are required to request that official transcripts be sent from the institution where the undergraduate degree was obtained and from where the Master's degree was obtained. Official transcripts must also be sent from each institution where any other graduate level courses were taken. (Please note that applicants to the MAT program and to teacher certification programs are required to submit all undergraduate transcripts as well). The Graduate Recruitment and Admissions office will maintain the right to request other official transcripts to review courses that are essential to the applicant's program of study.

Applications must be complete and received by the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office no later than June 1st for fall semester and November 1st for spring. PLEASE NOTE: There are other specific program deadlines. Please refer to the graduate studies website for these specific deadlines listed under the "admissions" section of the website.

International Students

The Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office requires additional credentials for international applicants. Deadlines for applying are May 1 for the Fall Semester and November 1 for the Spring Semester. As stated above, refer to the graduate studies website for other specific program deadlines.

International applicants must meet all regular requirements for admission. In addition, applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), when required.

International applicants must submit the following in addition to the application form, application fee, official transcripts and records of undergraduate and graduate studies, and any program-specific application requirements:

  1. An Affidavit of Support (Declaration of Finance) form, which includes provisions for indicating and verifying financial capability and responsibility (not applicable for students in programs that are completed entirely on-line). This form and supporting documents should be sent to the Center for International Education at CCSU; Barnard Hall Rm 123.;
  2. Original translations of academic records produced and verified by the educational institution in the home country, or by a U.S. academic credential translation service, if such materials are not in English. Notarized copies of originals are acceptable as well.
  3. An original foreign credentials course-by-course evaluation report from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). A list of NACES members can be found at The evaluation should include verification of the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. Proof of competency in English as indicated by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of no less than 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT), a score of 6.5 on the IELTS, or a score no less than 105 on the Duolingo English Test (DET) unless waived by the University. NOTE: Conditional Admission may be offered if an international student meets all academic and departmental requirements for admission, including the approval of the graduate school, but demonstrates "insufficient English language proficiency" by a TOEFL score that does not meet the CCSU graduate school requirements but has at least a score of 483 (paper), 160 (computer), 56 (iBT) or a score of 5.5 on the IELTS.

Admission to Central Connecticut State University depends upon the academic credentials presented by the applicant. No applicant is rejected because of race, color, religious belief, or national origin. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment of, or employment in its programs and activities of qualified handicapped persons defined under the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University's non-discrimination opportunity policies extend to employment practices, admissions of students, programs, and services within the institution or provided to the community.

Campus Safety Statement

In accordance with the State of Connecticut's Campus Safety Act (PA 90-259), Central Connecticut State University will provide a copy of the Uniform Campus Crime Report to any individual who sends a written request to: Central Connecticut State University, Police Department, P.O. Box 4010, New Britain, CT 06050-4010.

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