Application requirements

The Nathan Weiss Graduate College welcomes applications for graduate admissions from all candidates who meet the requirements of the University and the program in which an application is being submitted.

APPLY ONLINE

All applicants should submit an online application.  The application system allows the student to save their progress, as they are completing the application.  Applicants applying to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching Holocaust, should click here to apply.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • $75 non-refundable application fee ($150 for international applicants)
  • Bachelor's degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (candidates with under a 3.0 will be considered based on the strength of the overall application)
  • Official copies of ALL post-secondary transcripts (this includes transcripts that reflect transfer credit)
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Personal Statement
    • The personal statement is the applicant's opportunity to introduce themselves to the admissions committee and describe, in detail, their academic and professional goals and how and why Kean University fits into their aspirations.  Personal anecdotes, life lessons, descriptions of personal influences are all appropriate content.  Students applying to programs with supplemental applications and Speech-Language Pathology have additional essay questions.  The personal statement should be limited to three typed-written pages, double spaced.
    • Applicants to Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.) and Social Work (M.S.W.) programs are expected to address a different question.  Please consult the individual program pages for the appropriate topics.
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation (Please consult with the individual program requirements as to how many recommendations are required)
    • Please use our Recommendation Form.  The author of the recommendation should complete our form and attach a type-written narrative recommendation, completed on professional letterhead.  Additionally, the letter MUST be sealed in an envelope; we do not accept faxed or emailed letters of recommendation.
  • Standardized Test Scores (Please consult with the individual program requirements to see which, if any test is required for admission)
  • TOEFL (required for all international students who's native language is NOT English)
  • Departmental interview (not required for all programs)
  • Copy of license (not required for all programs)
  • Supplemental Application (not required for all programs)

STANDARDIZED TESTS

It is important to consult the individual program requirements to learn if the program you are applying to requires submission of official scores.  When registering or ordering official score results, please use the following codes to ensure proper delivery of your scores:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Institution Code 2517
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) - Institution Code 2517- Kean University
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)- Recipient Code 1398
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)- Institution Code 2517

TRANSCRIPTS

New Students:
Applicants must submit an official copies from each college or university in which you have enrolled for any period of time showing all courses, grades and degrees received, if any.

For example, if you took courses at Union County College and Essex County College and then transferred to Montclair State University where you received your Baccalaureate degree, you must submit official transcripts from all three institutions. Please request that the colleges send the transcripts directly to you in their own sealed envelopes or they may send the transcripts directly to us. Be sure not to open these envelopes as this will cause the transcripts to become unofficial and will delay your application process.

CURRENT OR FORMER KEAN GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Transcripts need not be submitted if you attended a graduate program within the past five years.

CURRENT OR FORMER KEAN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
Kean transcripts need not be submitted. All other transcripts for coursework completed at other institutions must be submitted, including those for credits transferred to Kean and including transcripts previously submitted.

DEPARTMENTAL INTERVIEW

Applicants will be notified if they are required to schedule a departmental interview.  It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for the interview with the graduate coordinator who will have a copy of all application materials.

MAILING APPLICATION MATERIALS

Once an online application has been submitted, all supporting materials need to be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Copy of licenses (if required)
  • Any other supporting materials required for your application

All materials should be sent in one package to the following address:

Kean University
Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Office of Graduate Admissions
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, New Jersey 07083

DEFERRAL REQUESTS

The Nathan Weiss Graduate College recognizes the need for students to defer their acceptance, however, deferrals must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • For students who have been accepted into a program that admits both for the fall AND spring semesters, they will be allowed to request a deferral for up to one academic year.  For example, if a student is accepted in fall 201, they may defer for the fall 2012 semester and the spring 2013 semester.  If the student wishes to defer past the spring 2013, they must re-apply to Kean University.
  • For students who have been accepted into a program that ONLY admits for the fall semester (Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, PSYD, School Psychology, and Occupational Therapy), they may request a deferral for one academic year.  For example, if a student is accepted in fall 2012, they may defer their acceptance to fall 2013.  However, if the student wishes to start past fall 2013, such as fall 2014, they must re-apply to Kean University.  Additionally, any student requesting a deferral for a program that ONLY admits in the fall semester, must have the approval from the program coordinator.
  • In all instances, a deferral will not be processed without the required non-refundable tuition deposit for their respective program.

If you have any questions or concerns with this policy, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Updated 1/4/13