REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINES
The School of Public Affairs uses a self-managed application process in which the applicant has full control over the gathering of necessary documents and materials for the application. This allows the applicant to submit his or her application complete and ready for review, and gives the applicant the ability to expedite his or her application process.
Admission for Spring 2014 enrollment:
November 1, 2013 - Full time & International applicants
December 2, 2013 - Part time applicants
Admission for Fall 2014 enrollment:
April 1, 2014 - Full time & International applicants
May 1, 2014 - Part time applicants
Our spring semester typically begins in late January, fall semester in late August.
Depending on how early an application is received and reviewed, and how swiftly an applicant moves to enroll, students who gain admission to the college for fall may begin taking courses during the preceding summer session(s).
We encourage you to apply early especially if you are interested in financial aid, graduate assistantships and/or scholarships. Applications received after the deadline are reviewed on a rolling basis as time and space permit.
The paper version of our application is no longer available. If you wish to apply, you must submit your application through our online system. We will not accept a paper application after August 31, 2013.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Completed Personal Information Form.
- The non-refundable application fee is $135. Applicants who are Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on Active Duty or members of the National Guard or Reserves are exempt from paying the graduate application fee and should contact the SPA Admissions office and submit their DD-214 form or a copy military ID prior to applying.
Official transcripts of all postsecondary coursework completed at a college or university where a minimum of three courses were completed. Transcripts from foreign institutions should be sent to one of the following approved, accredited independent evaluation agencies prior to submission: AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) or WES (World Education Services). Be sure to request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, recommended United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. Verified transcripts and evaluations should then be forwarded to the SPA Admissions office. Transcripts should be accompanied by official English translations if they are in another language.
Two official letters of recommendation must be submitted. Applicants will register recommenders via the online application, and recommenders may complete the entire process online. If a recommender cannot complete the process online for any reason, they may submit their recommendation directly to the SPA Admissions office. The recommendation letter should be on official letterhead and accompanied by the recommendation form, which is available in PDF form in the recommendation section of the online application. If the applicant is submitting the letter on behalf of the recommender, the documents must be in envelopes that bear the recommender's signature across the seal of the envelope to be considered official. Recommendation letters may be enclosed in ordinary envelopes.
- A one-page resume detailing employment, volunteer and community service experience.
- An essay of 500-1000 words that describes a challenge facing your organization, field of interest, or an issue within public policy. Discuss how your experience and proposed studies will help you address the challenge. Be sure to include why you want to pursue graduate studies at Baruch, and your career goals. Educational Leadership Programs applicants should refer to the application instructions for specific essay prompts. Use a 10 or 12 point standard font with one-inch margins. Grammatical errors and/or misspellings are looked upon unfavorably by the admissions committee. Essays are checked with software that detects plagiarism.
- Official GRE scores (Graduate Records Examination) or the GRE Waiver Request Form. The criteria to apply for the GRE Waiver is contingent upon successful completion of a Master's degree or possession of a competitive undergraduate academic record with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants seeking to be considered for Graduate Assistantships should plan to attend full-time and are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores. To expedite the score reporting process, ETS has assigned the School of Public Affairs the code 2027 as a unique identifier to be used by test takers to ensure the prompt reporting of official GRE scores directly to our Admissions office. For that purpose, test takers should choose this code or simply select the School of Public Affairs from the list of institutions provided. Remember, GRE scores are only valid for five years. In addition, we will accept either the GMAT or the LSAT as substitutes for the GRE. We encourage all applicants to adhere to the GRE requirement to remain competitive.
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) www.gre.org
For GRE testing, registration information and preparation materials click the link above or call 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255).
- Educational Testing Service (ETS) www.ets.org
ETS is the official administrator of the GRE and the world's largest private educational measurement organization. To learn more about ETS click the link above or call 1-609-921-9000.
- International Students are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) scores, official transcripts and translations, and the International Student Supplement (application for I-20 and financial support documents). Please see the website for International Students for additional information. The code to have your TOEFL scores submitted to Baruch is 2027.
- Applicants for the MSEd in Educational Leadership and Advanced Certificates in SBL and SDL programs must refer to the application addendum for additional requirements and guidelines.