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Graduate Application Requirements

Application Form

All applications should be submitted online. If internet access is not available/extenuating circumstances exist, a paper form may be requested.

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Application Fee

The application fee is currently $75.  Applications cannot be reviewed without payment of this fee and fees are non-refundable. This fee is waived for students who formerly enrolled at TCNJ. A check or money order payable to The College of New Jersey must be included in the envelope of supplemental documents. Do not send cash. Please print applicant’s name on the front of the check or money order.

Transcripts

An official transcript is required from each college you have attended other than The College of New Jersey. Official transcripts should be requested for The College of New Jersey from each institution you have attended and must arrive prior to the appropriate deadline.

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  • If your transcripts will be coming to us under a different last name (i.e. a maiden name), please be sure to inform our office by e-mail at graduate@tcnj.edu.
  • Transcripts are accepted as official when they are received in their original sealed envelope. Transcripts stamped as “Issued to Student” cannot be accepted as official.  
  • The College of New Jersey will accept electronic transcripts for enrollment purposes if certain criteria are met regarding the transcript. Please see Acceptance of Electronic Transcripts (e-transcripts) for Enrollment  Purposes.
  • All students who attend a non-U.S. Institution must have all of their educational documents translated into English and evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an accredited agency as to the U.S. equivalency of their course work. (see http://www.naces.org/members.htm for an agency listing)

Recommendations

Please provide letter of recommendation forms to two individuals who can evaluate your academic performance, relevant work experience, and/or ability to pursue graduate study. 

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  • Supply one recommendation form and self-addressed envelope to each recommender. Explain to the recommender that the completed recommendation is to be placed in the envelope which is then sealed, signed and returned to you. An indication to the recommender of an expected date of return may encourage promptness on his or her part.
  • The unopened envelope should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies in the envelope of supplemental documents.
  • Recommendation letters are not required for non-matriculation applications.

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Student Essay

A student essay is required with all completed applications. The essay may be included with the supplemental documents noted above or may be uploaded through the online application. 

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  • The essay should not exceed 2 pages. 
  • The essay should be a personal statement expressing your professional goals and reasons for wanting to enroll as a graduate student at The College of New Jersey.

Resume / CV

Resume/CV is required and may be uploaded through the online application. Your resume/CV should be accompanied by a bulleted list of all of your activities with participation dates.

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