Admissions & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in you and your career. And like any good investment, it takes time, money, and effort. We understand the financial realities, time constraints, and responsibilities you face and try to help with a supportive community, flexible class schedules, convenient locations, available financial aid counselors, and competitive scholarships. Ready to get started?


You can start our programs in the fall, spring, or summer. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but priority is given to those that have their applications in by these dates:

  • Fall start: August 15
  • Spring start: December 15
  • Summer start: April 15

New first-time enrolled candidates cannot take winter intersession courses.

In order to apply you will need:

A Bachelor's Degree

You need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in order to apply.

Does your Undergraduate Major matter?

In order to enroll in one of our programs, you need a Bachelor's Degree, but it does not need to be in education. It is best that your undergraduate degree is in a related area (like psychology, mathematics, social studies/history, English, or liberal arts).

Minimum GPA

Our programs are competitive and we look for a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies.

What if you don't have a 3.0 GPA?

You can still apply. We look at the whole application, so if your GPA is below 3.0 we recommend you strengthen other areas of your application. You can:

  • add a resume with any experience you may have in the education field
  • aim high for your GRE/MAT results
  • if you have passed any New York state certification exams, submit your scores.

If your GPA is below 2.85, you may apply to take classes as “visiting study,” (up to 12 credits) or non-matriculated. You can reapply after taking visiting study courses, and if you are accepted into the master’s program these 12 credits will be applied towards your degree.

Additional Program Specific Requirements

Please refer to your program of choice for any additional admission requirements.

Education & Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Autism
Accepted candidates may be asked to complete a non-credit writing seminar (EDDN 515) as a condition of admission.

School Leadership, TESOL, Instructional Technology, Teaching Literacy, Gifted and Talented Education, Autism, and Bilingual Education
Candidates must provide a copy of their Teacher Certification.

What is included in your application?

We’ll be emailing you throughout the application process as you submit items, so keep an eye on your inbox to make sure you’re on track! You’ll need to include the following items with your completed application:

Official Transcripts

Send official transcripts from all of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you attended to

If you have a question about your courses and they need to be evaluated, you can discuss this with your academic advisor, who will be assigned after you submit your application. Be sure to check your inbox and look out for info from our admissions department about your application.


You will need to submit two (2) professional recommendations. You should request a recommendation from someone who can speak about your potential to impact P-12 student learning, ideally someone who has observed you teaching. Recommendation forms will be made available through the application submission process.

Personal statement

The personal statement should be no more than 500 words.

Immunization record

Send your immunization record by the start of classes. The filled-out immunization forms can be added to your online application, or if you’re submitting them after you apply, send them directly to the registrar.

COVID-19 Update
As long as courses are fully online as a result of COVID-19, this requirement may be deferred until candidates return to campus for coursework.

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Part of each application is a non-refundable $50 fee, paid online within the online application.


NY State requires that all applicants who enroll in our teacher education and leadership programs must submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) official test scores may be submitted as an alternative. Applicants who submit MAT scores will be asked to complete a writing sample administered by Touro. It will be another criterion within a candidate's application that each program weighs appropriately. Touro's GRE test code is 2902 and MAT test code is 3346.

GRE/MAT Exemptions: Teacher education applicants who hold a current (active and unexpired) initial or professional teaching certification, and school leader applicants who hold a Master’s Degree and a teaching license are exempt from the basic skills (GRE/MAT) requirement.

International Students: TOEFL

All international applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic exam or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. The minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL internet-based score of 80 or above. TOEFL paper-based score of 550 or above. TOEFL score report for Touro College Graduate Education is 2902.
  • IELTS test with an overall score of 6 or above.

Our Office of International Student Services can help you with transcript, visa, and immunization requirements and information.

Visiting Study

As a visiting study student, you can take up to 12 credits at GSE within a certain period of time. If you apply for degree seeking (matriculated) status and are fully admitted into a master’s program, the credits will be applied towards your degree. Why would you want to take a course as visiting study instead of as part of the degree program?

  • To improve your academic record (e.g. if your GPA is below 2.85)
  • If you want additional certification with the state and only need a few courses

As a visiting study student, you are not eligible for financial aid.

Transfer Credits

A limited number of credits may be transferred from accredited graduate programs. Once admitted, the Program Chair will review your transcript upon request for eligible transfer credits. Only courses with a grade of B or higher and completed at an accredited institution not more than five years before the time of admission will be considered. The review for transfer credits must take place within the first term of enrollment, and no later. The acceptance of eligible transfer credits rests at the discretion of the Program Chair and is not guaranteed.

Program Locations

We offer courses at our different campuses – Brooklyn, Bay Shore, Manhattan, Online, Queens. You can take courses at different locations and do not need to apply for each location. Apply to one location and let your advisor know that you would like to take courses at different locations.


Program chairs, site directors, or designated faculty members may contact candidates to schedule an initial advisement meeting. Advisement meetings are conducted one-on-one, in-person, or via video conference online. Applicants may be asked to produce a spontaneous writing sample during the advisement meeting.


If you have questions about requirements or the application process, please contact