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Formal admission is necessary to pursue a complete degree or certification program.
Those seeking formal admission to a degree program must submit the following documents to the Graduate Admissions Office located in the Kelley Administrative Center:
- A completed online formal application along with a non-refundable application fee of $65.
- All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly to:
Office of Graduate Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5495
- At least two letters of recommendation. Suggested recommendations include your undergraduate or graduate professors; your major advisor; your work supervisor; or a professional in the field that you wish to study who knows you.
- Applicants for all state certification programs must also:
- Have taken one of the following tests: the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT or GRE and provide official scores for their file. Applicants who do not have passing scores on one or more sections may be required to remediate any deficient area. Remediation may include re-taking and passing the sections that were not passed, taking additional coursework, or other remediation activities. If additional courses are required the candidate must complete the coursework at a grade of B (3.0) or above and provide an official transcript to the Dean's Office prior to student teaching or internship. Please see advisor for additional details and recommendations. If students provide their social security number to ETS www.ets.org/praxis when registering for the Praxis Core exam, the reported score will automatically be uploaded to their Fairfield application file. Fairfield University's code is 3390.
- Possess a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.67 (B-) or above. Waiving of this minimum GPA requirement is on a case by case basis by departmental approval.
- Pass an Admission interview.
Under our Non-Matriculated Status option, qualified students may begin studies before completing the formal application process or gaining admission to a degree or certification program. This option provides a wonderful opportunity for qualified students to explore degree options and to confirm personal goals and readiness for graduate study. Qualifications considered include a Bachelor's degree (required) and other qualifications related to your preparedness for graduate-level studies in the field of interest to you.
The non-matriculated application process is simple and involves the following steps:
- Apply online
- Submit the application fee
- Answer "Yes" to the Non-Matriculated student question
- Choose term to begin course work
- Upload unofficial undergraduate transcript with degree posted to application file*
* In order to become a fully matriculated student see Formal Admission Process
Non-matriculated status students may take a total of six credits in certification programs or nine credits in non-certification programs prior to formal matriculation. Courses will count toward degree or certification requirements with formal admission; however, successful completion of coursework does not automatically guarantee formal admission.
Maximum credits allowed before formal admission
The total number of credits earned before formal admission to a program (i.e., the total number of transfer credits plus any credits earned as a non-matriculated student) may not exceed 6 (six) credits for applicants to certification programs or 9 (nine) credits for applicants to non-certification programs.
Required Background for Admission
- Applicants for the Master of Arts degree must hold an earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must give promise of meeting the standards set by the School. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.67 is strongly recommended.
- Applicants for the Sixth Year Certificate must hold an earned Master's degree from an accredited college or university, completed with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
- Additionally, individual departments may set specific requirements concerning interviews, adequate scores on tests, course waivers, computer literacy and major and distribution of undergraduate coursework.
Dates & Deadlines
Please be advised that the following must be received at the graduate admission office on or before the application deadlines given below in order for your application to be reviewed for formal admission by your program of interest: formal admission application and fee, supplemental application, personal statement, resume, two references on forms provided and all transcripts. Praxis Core scores or waiver (if necessary) must be submitted and on file before you can be formally admitted.
Fingerprinting and background checks are required for certification programs. Please contact your course instructor and/or program director for updated information.
|Bilingual Education||Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.|
(Clinical Mental Health Counseling
and School Counseling)
|October 1, January 15|
|Secondary Education||Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.|
|Teaching and Foundations||Applications will be reviewed when they are fully complete. Submit the application and all supporting materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying to allow time for application review and program availability.|
|Marriage & Family Therapy||
|School Psychology||December 1|
|Social Work||Advanced Standing
Priority Deadline: February 15
Final Deadline: April 15
Priority Deadline: May 15
Final Deadline: August 15
Students requesting Non-Matriculated Student Status are welcome to submit their application any time before the official first day of classes for a semester. This application is generally submitted during the registration period prior to the beginning of classes. For example, during July-Early September for the fall term; November – Early January for the Spring term and April – July for the Summer term. Your application must be approved and on file before you may register for coursework.
Students that are Non-matriculated Student Status are not eligible for any tuition or financial aid support.
- Apply online - Graduate Admission Application
- Submit $65 application fee
Application process and instructions for International Students.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No. The GREs are not required for admission to any of the programs offered by the School of Education and Human Development.
Yes - if seeking admission to programs leading to an initial educator certification. You will need to provide documentation of scores on the Praxis Core, SAT, ACT, GRE, or equivalent test. If you provide your social security number to Educational Testing Services (ETS), the reported score will automatically be uploaded to your Fairfield application file. Fairfield's code is 3390.
A program that leads to Connecticut State Department of Education certification as a classroom teacher or a school support professional (such as a school psychologist or school counselor).
Programs like the one in Marriage and Family Therapy or Clinical Mental Health Counseling are considered non-certification programs since they do not lead to state certification. However, Marriage and Family Therapy AND Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs do lead, with the MA degree and additional clinical experience, to Connecticut licensure.
Most classes are offered Monday through Thursday evenings from 4:55 – 6:55 p.m. and 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. Some classes are offered on weekends. Very few professional classes are offered during the day.
This depends on how many courses you take each term. A part-time graduate student takes 1 to 2 courses per semester while a full-time student must take 3 or more courses. Most courses are 3 credits each. The time to completion also depends on how many credits are required for the program. Both certification and degree requirements vary by program.
A minimum of 33 credits is generally required for graduation for the MA degree and 30 credits for the SYC degree; some programs require more credits for the MA, such as the Counselor Education Program (48 credits) or the Marriage and Family Therapy Program (60 credits). State educator certification credit requirements vary with the certification desired. It is possible to complete the certification and degree programs concurrently or separately.
Students need to complete all degree requirements and file an application for graduation within six years from the date of enrollment in the first course completed for credit toward the degree.
For certification programs, as many as six credits may be transferred if they relate to the candidate's present program.
For non-certification programs, as many as nine credits may be transferred if they relate to the candidate's present program.
Documentation (e.g., syllabus, course description, work done) to demonstrate the equivalence or quality of the courses for which transfer credit is requested may be required.
Note: The total number of credits earned before formal admission to a program (i.e., the total number of transfer credits plus any credits earned as a non-matriculated student) may not exceed 6 (six) credits for applicants to certification programs or 9 (nine) credits for applicants to non-certification programs.
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