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These requirements are for applicants to master's degree and advanced certificate programs. Applicants who wish to take graduate coursework without seeking a degree or certificate should contact the Extended Learning office.

Basic Requirements

Cumulative Preferred GPA: 3.0 (Department requirements vary; please see specific program requirements below)

CSDCAS application (for applicants to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology) 
Online application (for all other applicants)


Application fee: $75 for all programs except Speech-Language Pathology (the application fee is waived for EOP/EDP participants and McNair Scholars. Please contact the Graduate Studies office to have the fee waived).

Statement of Intent/Personal Essay 

  • Minimum/maximum: One page preferred.
  • Topic: See specific program requirements. If none are listed, please write a one-page essay about your educational and professional strengths and your reasons for pursuing your chosen degree program.
  • Address to: Admissions committee.
  • Please feel free to view this workshop for tips on how to write a strong statement of intent.


  • Official transcripts with degree conferral are required after you completed your degree from your previous institution.  Official transcripts need to be sent to Fredonia directly from the institution(s) you attended.
  • Applicants who have attended or are attending SUNY Fredonia for their undergraduate degrees are not required to submit transcripts, unless they are applying for the Speech-Language Pathology degree program.
  • International applicants must meet transcript requirements detailed on this page.

Two recommendation letters

  • Online (preferred): see application for details (Speech applicants must use the portal in the CSDCAS application).
  • Offline: Please contact the Graduate Studies office to request this option.

Program-Specific Requirements


Education (all master's-level programs)

  • New York State teaching certification: Must submit within the first semester of graduate work.
  • DASA training: Must submit within the first semester of graduate work.

Educational Leadership (Advanced Certificate)

  • Valid New York State Education Department (NYSED) professional teaching certification or equivalent in a core area.  
  • Master’s Degree in education or a related field with a minimum final GPA of 3.0.
  • Three years of satisfactory teaching or professional experience in a PreK-12 school or its equivalent.
  • Evidence of completion of DASA training for New York State (Applicants may be conditionally accepted pending completion of DASA). 
  • Two written recommendations, one each from the applicant’s district superintendent and immediate supervisor.

Music Performance, Theory/Composition, Music Ed. Recital Track

Speech-Language Pathology

   See this link for detailed information about the application process

TESOL and Language and Learning

   See this link for detailed information about the application process.

International Requirements

Click here for international application requirements.

Graduate Admissions Office

  • 6th Floor, Maytum Hall State University of New York at Fredonia Fredonia, NY 14063

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