Application Requirements


Students applying to MSSE must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Submit a professional resume.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit official copy of transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not needed.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8-3.24, GRE scores must be submitted (combined score of at least 280 and analytic writing score of 3.0 or better).
  • Have a level of writing proficiency appropriate to graduate study as indicated by a review of undergraduate writing-intensive courses and an expository essay.
  • Submit an expository essay that indicates evidence of professional commitment and potential for success in the program.
  • Participate in an individual interview.
  • Submit minimum of two letters of recommendation--one professional and one academic.
  • 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 (or its equivalent) at RIT/NTID or another college prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants must also submit an audiogram.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (internet-based) are required.

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

Additionally, 30 semester credit hours in a content area are required by the New York State Education Department for initial certification to teach a secondary content area (grades 7-12). 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, English, mathematics, social studies, or science. Please note: The social studies content area includes economics and government, and requires at least 21 semester hours in the history and geography of the United States and the world.