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Applying to Graduate Programs

We offer an extensive array of master ’s programs—more than 40—in arts and sciences, health fields, and teacher education.

Instructions

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university; have demonstrated the potential to successfully pursue graduate study, that is, have attained a minimum undergraduate grade point average of B (3.0) in the field selected for the graduate program and a minimum overall grade point average of B- (2.7) in the undergraduate record. The Nursing program requires a bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from an ACN/CCNE-accredited college or university, in addition to a New York State Registered Nursing License and Registration..

The application and supporting documents must be complete before it is reviewed by an advisor for admission.

*Support documents can not be added to the online application, nor can a decision be rendered, until the application is submitted. Submit the application as early as possible and ensure the support documents are received by 5:00 p.m., on the stated deadlines, to the Graduate Admissions Office*

Please mail/bring in the Application Fee and Transcripts to:

Lehman College
Office of Graduate Admissions
Shuster Hall, Room 150
250 Bedford Park Blvd., West
Bronx, New York 10468

For a directions and a campus map, click here.

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(All applications and supporting documents must be received by 5:00 P.M on the stated deadlines. Only complete applications and documents received by the deadline will be reviewed.)

Please Note: All documents submitted in support of the application for admission belong to Lehman College and will not be returned.

  • Application fee (non-refundable): $125.00 check or money order, payable to Lehman College. The fee is waived if you are currently attending as a graduate non-degree student at Lehman.
  • Transcript(s): In order to obtain a complete educational history, official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities) attended are required. Transcripts from colleges where you earned your Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree must show proof of degree and date conferred. All transcripts must be received in a SEALED envelope. All applications and supporting documents received by Lehman College become the property of Lehman College and cannot be photocopied, returned or sent elsewhere.
    • If you are in your final undergraduate semester, submit the official transcript of course work completed to date. Upon graduation, a final transcript showing the degree awarded must be presented.
    • If the applicant is a Lehman College alumni, the Lehman College transcript does not need to be submitted if in attendance from 1993 to present. The Office of Graduate Admissions will retrieve the transcript.
      • Applicants that attended Lehman College prior to this date must request a transcript from the Registrar's Office via the link here
      • Additionally, transcripts from colleges attended prior to Lehman College must be submitted.

The CUNY Board of Trustee policy regarding submission of fraudulent documents in support of an application for admission can be found here

  • Students Educated Outside the United States:

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency. The following are approved evaluation agencies. Click the links below to proceed to their company websites:


*Please note: we will no longer accept evaluations from any other evaluation services.

Official transcripts and other documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. The evaluation and translation should be completed 8-10 weeks prior to the deadline. The CUNY Document Translation Guidelines can be found here.

Students in their final undergraduate semester should submit the official transcript of coursework completed to date. Upon graduation, students must present additional transcript showing the degree awarded and conferral date.

  • TOEFL/IELTS: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be required if an applicant fits one or both descriptions below. The TOEFL should not be more than 2 years old.

    1. Academic Records from Non-English Speaking Countries:

    Applicants that submit academic records from a non-English speaking country, demonstrate competency in English through TOEFL IBT score of at least 61 or the Academic IELTS score of at least 6 (higher for some programs).

    2. International Students

    At Lehman, an "international student" is defined as any person studying in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for admission of international students, except for nationals of English-speaking countries. The required minimum TOEFL score is 500 (paper based) and 61 (internet based) for admission to Lehman and is higher in most fields. Information may be obtained from TOEFL/ Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. Residents of English-speaking countries are exempt from taking the test.

  • Essay: Type a career objective essay of 500 words describing your intellectual and academic interests, accomplishments, and goals. If there is anything anomalous in your undergraduate record, please explain. Students applying to the Special Education program must submit an additional scholarly paper. The Counselor Education/School Counseling program requires five additional essays found in the Supplemental Program Requirements and Instructions Form.

    Please Note: Students applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program should also include, as part of the essay, information about the academic subjects you would like to pursue as the focus of your concentration for the MALS degree.

  • Two or Three Recommendations (depending on your program of interest): Ask individuals, preferably instructors or supervisors who can attest to your past scholastic performance and capacity for graduate work, to complete the on-line Recommendation Form. Reference letters submitted on your behalf must be written on official letterhead and signed in order to be accepted. They must be sent to the graduate admissions office electronically through the application system.

Standardized and Other Tests:

  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is required if you do not have a Master's degree for the following programs:
    • English Literature and Composition
    • History
    • Public Health
    • Speech Language Pathology
    • School of Education Programs (GRE not required for Counselor Education)

The Lehman College Institutional Code is 2312. For information go to GRE;

  • G-NAT (Graduate Nursing Admissions Test) is required for the Nursing Department. Applicants must take and pass the G-NAT for admission to the Graduate Nursing Program. For information on scheduling an appointment for the GNAT, contact the Nursing department at:
    • Tel.: (718) 960 -8214
  • Email: nursing.department@lehman.cuny.edu
  • For more information on the G-NAT, click here.
  • ACTFL OPI (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Oral Proficiency Interview) is required for Spanish Teaching. For more information, go to the LTI website.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required by students educated in non-English speaking areas. The TOEFL should not be more than 2 years old. The Lehman College Institutional Code is 2312. For information and registration materials contact TOEFL. Required scores vary by program (minimum being 500 for the Paper-Based Test and 61 for the Internet-Based Test). The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic will be accepted, if available. Required scores vary by program (minimum being a 6).

Immunization Requirements:

Accepted applicants who plan to enroll must comply with New York State Public Health Law regarding immunization. Students born on or after January 1, 1957 are required to complete the immunization forms and return them as soon as possible to the Student Health Center. Complete information regarding these requirements and all necessary forms can be found on the The Student Health Center website.

Lehman College does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, or veteran’s status.

“The college reserves the right to deny admission to any student if in its judgment, the presence of that student on campus poses an undue risk to the safety or security of the college or the college community. That judgment will be based on an individualized determination taking into account any information the college has about a student’s criminal record and the particular circumstances of the college, including the presence of a child care center, a public school or public school students on the campus.”

Applications must be signed and dated in order to be valid.

Please Note: Additional information may be needed upon review of your admissions application

Prior to enrollment:

  • Updated transcripts with last semester grades and proof of graduation must be submitted in a sealed envelope
  • Proof of immigrant or naturalized citizenship status must be shown in the Graduate Admissions Office (i.e. Green Card, Certificate of Naturalization, I-94 Card, Passport, etc.)
  • To be eligible for New York State resident tuition rates, you must prove that you have been a New York State resident for a minimum of 12 months, and that you are either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or that you possess an eligible non-immigrant status. The information requested will be used to determine if you qualify for the New York State resident tuition rate.
  • If you have transcripts with a name different from the name on your current application, proof of the name change must be documented at the time of admission.

Copies of official documents are not accepted

Application Deadlines

View the priority deadlines below. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the stated deadline. Please do the following in a timely manner so that required information is submitted on or before the deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission.

  • Request official transcripts from all of the post-secondary schools attended,
  • Request recommendations,
  • Upload essays and resume,
  • Send the application fee (check or money order only) to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Bring in Professional Licensure, Certifications, and any additional program requirements,
  • Sit for exams.

      SCHOOLS

      Fall

      Spring

      Arts and Humanities

         
      Art M.A/M.F.A April 15 October 18
      English April 15 October 18
      History April 15 October 18
      Music April 15 October 18
      Spanish Literature April 15 October 18
           

      Continuing and Professional Studies

         
      Liberal Studies April 15 No Enrollment
           
           

      Education

         
      GRE required for all programs (Except for Counselor Education)    
      Art Education, Art Teacher, (Pre-K - Grade 12) April15 October 18
      Bilingual Extension April15 October 18
      Childhood Ed. April15

      No Enrollment

      Childhood Ed. Bilingual Ext. April15 No Enrollment
      Counselor Ed/School Counseling and Bilingual Counselor Education/School Counseling March 15 No Enrollment
      Early Childhood Ed. April 15 No Enrollment
      Early Childhood Ed. Bilingual Ext. April15 No Enrollment
      Educational Leadership School Building Leader April15 No Enrollment
      Educational Leadership District Level April 15 No Enrollment
      English Education (Grades 7 - 12) April15 October 18
      Gifted and Talented Ext. Online Program April15 October 18
      Literacy Studies (Birth - Grade 6 & Grades 5 - 12) April15 October 18
      Math Education (Grades 7 - 12) April15 October 18
      Organizational Leadership April15 No Enrollment
      Science Education (Grades 7 - 12) April15 October 18
      Social Studies Education (Grades 7 - 12) April15 October 18
      Spanish Teaching April 15 October 18
      Special Education Programs April15 October 18
      T.E.S.O.L April15 October 18
           

      Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing

         
      Health Education and Promotion M.S. and Health Education M.S.Ed April 15 October 18
      Nursing March 15 October 1
      Nutrition March 15 No Enrollment
      Recreation Education April 15 October 18
      Social Work February 15 No Enrollment
      Speech Language Pathology January 15 Extended to October 18
           

      Natural and Social Sciences

         
      Accounting March 15 Extended to November 15
      Biology March 15 Extended to November 15
      Business March 15 Extended to November 15
      Computer Science March 15 Extended to November 15
      Geographic Information Science (G.I.S.C.) April 15 October 18
      Pure Math M.A. April 15 October 18
      Math Instruction April 15 October 18
           

      Special Programs

      May 1 October 1
      College of New Rochelle Programs May 1 October 1
      Concordia College Program May 1 October 1
      Mercy College Programs May 1 October 1

    *Financial Aid, including loans, is not available for Advanced Certificates.