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MS Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements top of page

Applicants to graduate degree programs must provide official transcripts, a current resume, and a statement of background and goals. Applications will be reviewed to select students who best demonstrate the following criteria:

  • All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. View transcript requirements.
  • Recommended GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Applicants to degree programs must provide a current resume with their completed application.
  • All statements of background and goals must be completed and submitted with a completed application and will be evaluated critically and used to assess an applicant's ability to succeed in and benefit from the graduate program. View statement of background and goals requirements.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose primary language is not English. A score of 550 on the written; 213 on the computer version; or 79 on the Internet version is required.


  • Basic knowledge of workplace or community issues.
  • Competency in written expression and presentation skills.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who have not received their undergraduate degree from a U.S. college or university must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English as indicated by a Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 on the written version; 213 on the computer version; or 79 on the Internet based version.
  • Access to and the ability to use e-mail and the Internet.

Transcript Requirements top of page

A qualitative evaluation of the applicant's undergraduate and graduate educational work from regionally accredited colleges and universities is part of the admissions committee review process. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 is recommended to be successful in the program.

Sending Transcripts and Other Documents:
Applicants must submit an official transcript from the institution which awarded their baccalaureate degree should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608

  • All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Regarding transcripts, please note:

All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The University reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. An enrolled student may transfer a maximum of 90 credits from international institutions. Thomas Edison State University does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the University does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 visa status. Course-by-course credit recommendations will be reviewed by Thomas Edison State University based upon existing transfer and degree policies in place at the time of application.

Statement of Background and Goals top of page

All applicants are required to submit a statement of background and goals. The statement of background and goals is limited to a 500 word response that addresses:

  • Your professional and personal goals
  • Your reasons for selecting the program for graduate study
  • How you expect the program will help you achieve your goals

This statement is an important part of your application. It allows the admissions committee to evaluate the clarity of your goals and the suitability of your choice of program to meet those goals. In this context, you may wish to briefly summarize any employment, community involvement or personal history and accomplishments that help shape your decision. Define as precisely as possible what you hope to do when you complete the degree.

The statement of background and goals is also used as a writing sample to allow the admissions committee to evaluate your ability to write at the graduate level. Please proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, and clarity.

Type your statement of background and goals and submit it to the Office of Admissions by sending it to