• Graduate School Admissions

    Welcome to the Graduate School at Worcester State University, a “Best Value” university with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence in traditional and emerging fields of study. We offer over 30 graduate-level programs, including master’s degrees, education specialist programs, and teacher licensure programs designed to help you achieve your professional goals while balancing the needs of work, family, and life.

    As a graduate student, you’ll work closely with accomplished faculty members who are experienced practitioners and researchers. You’ll benefit from our collaboration with partners in a wide range of fields, who offer exceptional hands-on learning opportunities and internships. You also will have the facilities and resources of a first-class liberal arts and sciences university at your fingertips.

    The first step in the admissions process is to complete and submit our online admissions application. We are here to answer any questions you may have about enrolling as a graduate student and moving forward with a program that works for you.

  • Graduate School Admissions Process
    The first step in the admissions process is to complete and submit the online admissions application. All remaining documents (with the exception of test scores and transcripts, which are sent directly to Graduate Admissions by the issuing agency) should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602. Once your file is complete, it will be reviewed.
    Graduate Admissions Criteria
    Documents Needed for Admission
    The Graduate Admission Office needs the following documents along with your online application:
    • Your official transcripts with a calculated GPA for the institution awarding your baccalaureate degree
    • Your completed application form and $50 application fee
    • Two current letters of recommendation; three for the M.S. in Management and M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration programs
    • Official transcripts from all institutions where college credit has been earned.
    • Evidence of completion of additional department admissions requirements (Visit our online graduate catalog or download a PDF version for details.)
    • A completed Tuition Residency Statement (occupational therapy applicants only) 
    • Tests results of either your Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Millers Analogies Test (MAT), or General Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), depending on the graduate program to which you plan to apply.
      • The Master of Science in Nursing program does not require test score submissions.
      • The Master of Education program (except the M.Ed. program with no concentration) does not require score submissions if evidence of passing appropriate MTELs is provided.
      • Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT or MAT) are not required for the Master of Science in Non-Profit Management, the Master of Public Administration & Policy and the Master of Public Management programs.
      • If you have an advanced degree, you are exempt from the required test scores with proper documentation.

    International Applicants
    If you are a prospective international graduate student, please visit the International Students page for information on what you need to do beyond the general admissions requirements.

    Taking the Tests
    The GRE (Graduate Record Exam), MAT (Miller Analogies Test), and GMAT (General Management Aptitude Test) are all administered through private testing agencies or other universities. Information concerning test sites and dates may be obtained online. Scores should be sent to the Graduate School. 

    Letters of Recommendation
    Your letters of recommendation should be originals and be related specifically to your ability to an advanced study, to express ideas, and to work effectively in your chosen field of employment. Letters should be no more than 6 months old.

    Speech-Language Pathology Applicants
    If you are applying to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program, you will need to submit a Speech-Language Pathology Application Coversheet along with your application.

    Transferring Courses
    Twelve credits (4 courses at WSU) will transfer into a master’s degree if applicable to the program to which you are applying. These 12 credits include courses taken before admittance at Worcester State as well as credit from another institution. Courses transferred into your program will be approved by your program's coordinator after you have been accepted.

    Graduate Admissions Deadlines
    Completed applications received by the following deadlines will be reviewed for admission decisions for the respective semesters. All graduate programs follow these deadlines, except for Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and EDS in School Psychology

    Fall semester (September start): June 15
    Spring semester (January start): November 1
    Summer semester (May start): April 1

    Applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed if time allows. Otherwise, applications will be reviewed for the following semester.