Graduate School Requirements : Off-Campus Programs


Applicants to Alfred University off-campus programs should contact the following individuals early in the application process:
Downstate applicants should contact Tim Werner: phone 516.221.4082.
Upstate Extension (Victor, NY) applicants should contact Jay Cerio, Ph.D. Director, Graduate Extension Programs, phone 607.871.2659 or email.

Interviews
Matriculation dates
Residency requirement
Official transcripts
Standardized tests
Transfer credits

Letters of recommendation
Statement of intent
Health & immunization records
International students
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Interviews
An interview is required for the following graduate programs:

  • M.P.A. in Public Administration
  • M.S. Ed. in Literacy
  • M.S. Ed. in Counseling
  • C.A.S. in Mental Health Counseling
Matriculation dates
M.S. Ed. in Counseling and M.P.A .students may enroll once a year, during the summer term. M.S. Ed. in Literacy and C.A.S. students may enroll in both the winter (January) and summer terms.

Residency requirement
Students are required to attend courses on Alfred University's campus for one week during the summer semester. Students will receive specific information about Alfred University on-campus courses after matriculation. All arrangements for on-campus reservations are made through the Office of Residence Life: ph. 607.871.2186 or email

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Official transcripts
Applicants must provide official transcripts/mark sheets (in English) from each and every college or university previously attended, including proof that he/she holds the baccalaureate degree. These records must be sent directly from the college or university with appropriate certifications. Photocopies or facsimiles are not accepted.

Applicants who are currently enrolled should submit a transcript (official academic record) of courses completed to date along with the application; as soon as coursework is completed a final transcript and degree certificate should be submitted. The records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received, and any diplomas or certificates earned.

Alfred University Admissions reserves the right to require an independent evaluation of international transcripts. Students with international transcripts should contact the Admissions Office early in the application process.

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Standardized tests

  • M.S. Ed. in Literacy - documentation of current N.Y.S. teacher certification is required.
  • M.S. Ed. in Counseling - applicants must submit a structured writing sample, administered at the interview.

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Transfer credits
Alfred University may accept six graduate credits for transfer into the literacy or counseling programs. Students who are interested in transferring credits into the program should submit a request, along with the official transcript and course descriptions at the time of application. The request will be reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee and the Graduate Program Director. Course credentials and relevance apply. Course Transfer Request Form

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Letters of recommendation
Applicants to the following programs must submit two letters of recommendation.

  • M.P.A. in Public Administration
  • M.S. Ed. in Counseling
  • M.S. Ed. in Literacy
  • C.A.S. in Mental Health Counseling*

Format for letters
The name, title and contact information for each reference must be listed on the application form. Three methods of submission are acceptable for recommendations. Applicants may choose one of the following options:

  1. A traditional letter of recommendation submitted on official letterhead with an original signature. Photocopies of letters will not be accepted.
  2. A Reference Report, available online, which may be printed and submitted with an original signature.
  3. A traditional letter of recommendation and the Reference Report may be submitted together. Both must include an original signature.

*C.A.S. in Mental Health Counseling applicants must have current and, if necessary, former supervisors fill out the Applicant Evaluation Form. The forms, complete with original signatures, must be sent by the supervisors directly to Graduate Admissions. Two evaluations are required.

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Statement of intent
Applicants must submit a written statement describing career goals and reasons for the chosen field of graduate study. Outline topics of special interest and include relevant experience such as internships, co-ops, or other professional activities. Applicants may choose to submit a professional resume.

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Health and immunization records
All applicants must comply with New York State health and immunization requirements and submit health forms and records requested by the University. View required health forms

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International students
Alfred University cannot issue I-20 forms for non-resident applicants to our extension programs due to the part-time nature of these programs. Permanent residents of the United States are encouraged to apply and should contact the Graduate Admissions Office early in the application process. Documentation of residency status is required.

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