2016-2017 Graduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog > Admission
All applicants to the Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University must meet the following requirements:
A completed application for admission to the Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University will include the following components:
Applicants to the Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University are notified of their admission status by a letter from the graduate dean before the beginning of the term of planned study. Typically, applicants will be notified of an admission decision within three weeks after all application materials are received. Admission decisions are not subject to appeal. Admission decision classifications are as follows:
The Graduate College reviews applications for admission under a "rolling admissions" process. This means that applications are reviewed throughout the year and admissions decisions are made weekly. However, to assure full consideration for admission before the beginning of the semester in which you would like to enroll, please submit your application for admission with all required documentation two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
Some programs admit students only once a year or have specific application deadlines, which are enumerated below:
In addition to fulfilling the general application procedures, international applicants must present evidence of fluency in English, either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for admission is 560 on the paper test, 220 on the computer test or 83 on the Internet test. The TOEFL score should be submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. ESU’s Institutional Code Number is 2650. The minimum acceptable score for IELTS is "Band 6."
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International applicants also must submit a statement and documentation of financial resources. The statement must demonstrate sufficient financial resources to meet the cost of living in the United States, the cost of travel to and from the student’s native country, and the cost of graduate education at East Stroudsburg University. Applications will not be processed without the financial statement and application fee.
International applicants must submit an official English translation of their transcripts, including a credential evaluation equivalence course-by-course report of their baccalaureate degree from World Education Services, Inc. (WES) or other service approved by the Graduate College. For further information concerning WES, contact WES at 800-937-3895 or at www.wes.org.
International applicants must furnish proof of health insurance (certification must be in English) meeting the required criteria or purchase student health insurance from East Stroudsburg University, which is recommended.
Due to the time required to secure immigration documents and address other matters, international applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials as early as possible. The Graduate College works in collaboration with other offices on campus to assist international applicants and students. For further information, please contact the Graduate College.
Applications for the Educational Leadership and Administration, (Ed.D.) program are accepted every other Fall term. Please review program website for specific deadlines.
From the Pennsylvania Department of Education and other national certification programs, East Stroudsburg University offers state-approved certification preparation programs leading to certification in:
Earth & Space Science (7-12)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
General Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Speech & Language Impaired (N-12)
Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12)
Reading Specialist (K-12)
Special Education Supervisor
The university also offers programs of study to prepare students for national certifications, including the Behavior Analyst, Applied Behavior Analyst, and National Board Certified Teacher.
Applicants for these programs should follow the same procedures for admission, plan of study, and registration, as described for degree program students in this catalog. Interested applicants should contact the Graduate College office to confer with the graduate admissions coordinator, in consultation with the respective graduate coordinator, for further information, before beginning the admissions process.
All applicants to the Graduate College at East Stroudsburg University are strongly encouraged to take a graduate college admissions test, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). However, some programs require specific tests, as follows:
In addition to the requirements enumerated for all applicants to the Graduate College, specific programs have additional application requirements, as follows:
Application for Admission
Applicants for Certification, Specialist, Supervisor, and Letter of Eligibility Programs
Examination and Other Admission Requirements
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