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Apply for an Online Graduate Degree

Admission to the graduate degree programs at Thomas Edison State University is competitive. You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and you must be ready to participate in an online environment, via the Internet and e-mail, and engage intellectually with the materials, the mentors and the other students.

Although we do not require the MAT or GRE, if you’ve taken these tests, you may send us the results. If you are an international student whose primary language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — the test is required for both the degree and certificate programs.

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements.

If you’re applying for a graduate degree program in an area other than nursing or educational leadership, follow these steps:

  1. Plan to apply at least six weeks before the term starts. While we accept applications throughout the year, you should apply at least six weeks before the beginning of the term you’d like to start.
  2. Explore our online graduate degree programs.
  3. Complete the application. The application includes a statement of background and goals as well as an essay. Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation and a current resume. Submit the application and all supporting materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  4. Applicants must have an official transcript from the institution which awarded their baccalaureate degree sent directly to the University.
  5. If you are an international students whose primary language is not English, submit your TOEFL scores. These must come directly from the University Board.
  6. Expect an answer within two weeks from receipt of your completed application.
  7. Explore your financial aid options.

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Graduate Admission Deadlines

To start in the January term:
Apply by November 15

To start in the April term:
Apply by February 15

To start in the July term:
Apply by May 15

To start in the October term:
Apply by August 15

Graduate Admission Deadlines for the School of Business and Management

To start in the January term:
Apply by November 15

To start in the March term:
Apply by January 15

To start in the May term:
Apply by March 15

To start in the July term:
Apply by May 15

To start in the September term:
Apply by July 15

To start in the November term:
Apply by September 15