Application Requirements


Students applying to MSSE need to submit:

  • graduate application along with the “personal statement of educational objectives”
  • Official copy of transcript(s) of all undergraduate work as well as any graduate courses you have completed. Acceptance to the program requires proof of completion of a bachelor’s 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 completion of 30 semester credit hours in a content area 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 Stare certification.Secondary academic subjects include American Sign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies* or Physics.
  • An official copy of your Graduate record Exam (GRE) results, with a combined verbal and quantitative scores of 280 or better as well as an analytical writing score of 3.0 or better. The official results of graduate admission tests — results that must be verified by the testing agency — are the only parts of your application you do not mail to RIT. Instead, you must arrange for the testing agency to send your test results directly to RIT's Office of Graduate Enrollment Service. RIT's code for ETS reporting is 2760. Please do not include a department code. Applicants should recognize that their performance on the GRE and in their undergraduate studies will be carefully considered by the program admission committee.
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Content Area/Certification Questionnaire
  • Sign Language Self-Assessment. Applicants must demonstrate at least basic skills in sign language as measured by a departmental skill assessment or be willing to take the ASL I course at RIT prior to the beginning of the program or during the first semester.
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants must also submit an audiogram.

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 matriculating into the program.

A request for transfer of graduate credit must be made at the time of application. A maximum of nine semester 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.

Questions related to MSSE, including scholarship opportunities, should be directed to the NTID Office of Admissions.

*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.