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Admission Requirements


To be admitted to the MSSE program, you will need to provide:

  • Official transcripts from previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Evidence of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Evidence of completing coursework in the liberal arts, science, math, humanities and the arts
  • Evidence of successful completion of 30 semester credit hours in an academic subject area as required by New York State for initial certification to teach a secondary content area. Students who do not have the required number of hours must complete the additional credits before applying for New York State certification. Secondary academic subjects include English, American Sign Language, mathematics, social studies*, or science.

*Major in social studies includes economics and government, and requires at least 21 semester hours in the history and geography of the United States and the world.

  • An expository essay
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal resume
  • An official copy of your Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results, with verbal and quantitative GRE scores in the 50th percentile or better as well as an analytical writing score of 3.5 or better. Applicants should recognize that their performance on the GRE and in their undergraduate studies will be carefully considered by the program admission committee.

Applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of sign language as measured by a departmental skill assessment or be willing to take the ASL 1 course at NTID or its equivalent at another college prior to beginning the program.

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Students applying to the MSSE program should complete a graduate application along with the required forms. Deaf and hard-of-hearing graduate applicants also must submit an audiogram with their application to qualify for access services.

Special arrangements may be made to provisionally accept students who do not yet satisfy these requirements. Such students will be expected to complete these requirements before they are allowed to matriculate into the program.

A request for transfer of graduate credit must be made at the time of application. A maximum of nine semester credit hours taken within the last five years may be awarded as transfer credit from other institutions. Only a course with a grade of B (3.0) or better may be transferred.

International Students

International students must demonstrate English proficiency. Get information on which tests of English proficiency we require

If you have additional questions regarding admission to the MSSE program, please contact NTID Admissions.



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