Frequently Asked Questions About Graduate Studies
Take a look at some helpful FAQs below.
- Does Plattsburgh offer online graduate programs?
Our school building leader, school district leader, childhood education, adolescence education, and special education 7–12 certificate programs also offer 100% online coursework followed by an in-person internship/student teaching component at the site of your choosing.
Select online courses are available for a number of other programs as well.
- How do I submit my transcripts from prior universities?
Answer: Official copies of all prior college transcripts (including any credit you may have taken in high school) are required by all programs to issue a graduate admissions decision. For a transcript to be considered official, it must be sent to SUNY Plattsburgh directly from your prior institution via mail or electronic upload.
*Emailed transcripts (regardless of the sender) and transcripts uploaded to the admissions portal are not able to be considered as official.
- Can I submit my application after the deadline?
Answer: If you’re ever wondering if a certain program is still accepting applications after the deadline, please contact us!
Some programs have hard deadline, or only accept new students for certain semesters, so be sure to visit the dates and deadlines page for more information. Also keep in mind that if you’re applying for the fall semester after February 15, you will not be eligible for graduate assistantships or the diversity fellowship.
- Do you offer graduate assistantships?Answer: Yes. SUNY Plattsburgh currently offers approximately 25 graduate assistantship positions for well-qualified, full-time matriculated graduate students. Assistantship applications must be submitted to the graduate admissions office by February 15. Please note that assistantships begin during the fall semester. More information about assistantships can be found on our graduate assistantships page and inside your application packet.
- If I graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh, do I have to submit an official transcript?Answer: No. Upon receipt of your application for admission, the graduate admissions office will obtain your transcript from the registrar’s office for use in your graduate file. If you transferred into Plattsburgh as an undergraduate and sent your prior college transcripts to the undergraduate admissions office at that time, we will also obtain those documents. The only transcripts you would need to submit are those that the college has not received before (for example: if you took a few graduate courses at another institution after leaving SUNY Plattsburgh).
- Can I take my entrance exams (GRE/MAT) in Plattsburgh?
- Can I take some graduate credits at SUNY Plattsburgh before I apply for admission?
Answer: Yes. If the course(s) are appropriate for the degree program you’ve selected, you may be able to apply from 1 to 12 credit hours earned as a non-matriculated student toward a graduate degree. To avoid any disappointments, we strongly recommend that you discuss your plans with an advisor in the appropriate department before taking any courses. Please note that no more than 12 graduate credit hours taken as a non-matriculated student (including credits earned at Plattsburgh) may be applied toward a graduate degree at Plattsburgh. You should achieve a grade of B or higher in order to use these courses toward your degree. Remember: there is a risk to taking non-matriculated graduate coursework; you may not be accepted into the graduate program when you finally get around to applying.
For more information about taking and registering for courses as a non-matriculated student, visit the registrar’s webpage and submit the Non-Matriculated Student Registration Form.
- How many credits can I transfer into a graduate program at Plattsburgh?
Answer: Twelve is the maximum number of credit hours that may be transferred into a master’s degree program at Plattsburgh from another accredited institution or earned at Plattsburgh as a non-matriculated student.
Each transferred course must have been completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher. Approval of transfer credit is the responsibility of the faculty of the department/program which supervises the graduate program and the dean of the appropriate division.
- What is considered full-time study?Answer: Enrollment in 12 credit hours of coursework is required for full-time status.
- If I have a criminal record, can I still be considered for admission?
Answer: Yes. State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY Plattsburgh’s admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. After acceptance, the college shall inquire if the student previously has been convicted of a felony if such individual seeks campus housing or participation in clinical or field experiences, internships or study abroad programs. The information required to be disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State corrections law.
Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the dean’s office of their intended academic program.
- Do I have to pay the application fee?
Answer: Yes. The application fee is a non-refundable processing fee required of all applicants, which can be paid online through your Graduate Admissions Application.
EOP/HEOP/SEEK applicants should contact the graduate admissions office to request a fee waiver. Verification of enrollment in one of these programs is required if the applicant’s undergraduate institution was not SUNY Plattsburgh.
- How long will I have to complete my graduate degree or certificate?
Answer: For graduate degree and certificate programs requiring fewer than 60 credit hours, students must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the date of matriculation. For graduate degree and certificate programs requiring 60 or more credit hours, students must complete all degree requirements within ten years of the date of matriculation.
If you are unsure whether you are still within the given time frame to complete your degree, please contact the graduate admissions office at [email protected].
- What if I need to withdraw from my graduate program, either during a semester or for
a couple of semesters?
Answer: Withdrawal from SUNY Plattsburgh is permissible within the guidelines specified in the General Information section of the Undergraduate and Graduate College Catalog.
A Graduate Studies College Withdrawal Form must be completed and signed by your graduate program coordinator. When you plan to return to your graduate studies, you will need to complete an Intent to Return to Graduate Study Form. You will not need to pay any fees to be reinstated as a matriculated student, however, the time limitations for completion of your degree program and application of transfer credits or credits acquired in non-matriculated status does not change.
Financial aid recipients should consult with a financial aid advisor to determine the impact upon their financial aid before processing a withdrawal form.
- Is campus employment available?
Answer: Yes. In addition to graduate assistantships, graduate students may work on campus as work-study or temp employees, for up to 10 hours a week. The Career Development Center, located in the Angell College Center, assists students in locating part-time and summer jobs through various programs, both on campus and with employers in the community.
On-campus employment opportunities include part-time positions through Student Temporary Service, Research Foundation for SUNY, and College Auxiliary Services as well as some campus offices. A student must be currently enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh to use the services of the Career Development Center. Demonstration of financial need is not required.
- Is campus housing available for graduate students?
- Is child care available on campus?
Answer: Yes. The SUNY Plattsburgh child care center offers a variety of full-time and part-time enrollment options. Open year-round, the center is licensed to provide developmentally appropriate early care and education for children between the ages of six weeks and five years. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
For more information, please contact the center at 518-564-2274.
Still have questions? Send us an email at [email protected]