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General Requirements For Admission

Admission to Union Graduate College is based upon evidence of intellectual achievement, motivation, and aptitude. All students must have, or be a candidate for, an undergraduate degree from an accredited college before applying for graduate admission status. A grade average of “B” (3.0 cumulative index) or better in undergraduate work is expected for admission. Students with advanced degrees or substantial graduate work will also be judged on the record of previous graduate accomplishments.

We encourage students with a broad range of backgrounds and lifestyles to apply.

When To Apply

Application Filing Dates

Accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, although some deadlines apply, see below:

  • Management
    • MBA
    • MBA in Healthcare Management
    • MS in Healthcare Data Analytics
    • Clinical Leadership
    • Joint MBA programs with Albany Law School
    • Joint MBA/MS programs with Albany College of Pharmacy
    • Certificate Programs (Exception: Current MBA students interested in a certificate must submit a completed certificate program application, along with the $75 application fee, prior to the first week of the winter term of the year of expected graduation)
  • Education
    • MAT Summer - Recommended March 1st
    • MAT Part Time - Rolling Admissions
    • MST - Rolling Admissions
  • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Engineering & Management Systems
  • Bioethics
    • MS Bioethics (Summer Start - recommended deadline is June 1)
Union College Combined Degree - Required to file application by 10th term (fall Senior Year)*:

  • BS-BA/MAT (as early as 8th term)
  • BS/MS School of Engineering/Computer Science with Union College (as early as end of sophomore year)
  • Accelerated/5 year BS-BA/MBA (as early as end of sophomore year)
*Separate applications and admission decisions to each school are required.

Combined degree program applicants with Union College are required to file their applications prior to the end of the tenth term. The MAT applicant may file as early as their eighth term and all other applicants may file during their sophomore year.

Required Materials

Applicants to all programs are required to submit:

  • Application first page
  • Application fee of $75 US
  • All official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (MAT requires three, two of the letters must be academic; bioethics requires three)
  • Testing (see below)
  • Essay (see program application for essay instructions)
  • Resume
  • International Students - see Paragraphs below for additional requirements
Personal interviews are required for the MAT and MST programs and strongly recommended for all other programs. Applicants are notified within four weeks of an admission decision after all application materials are received.

Once submitted, all application materials become the property of The Graduate College and are not returnable.

The application fee is waived for Union College students, alumni and applicants to the Engineering and Computer Science programs through the Engineering Consortium (BPMI, KAPL, General Electric and Plug Power).

Additional MAT Applicant Requirements

Applicants to the MAT program must have completed the equivalent of at least 30 semester hours in the liberal arts major area (English, foreign language, mathematics, science, social science) in which they seek certification. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in this discipline is expected.

Course Prerequisites are:
  • PSY246 ( Educational Psychology )
  • Liberal Arts Core
  • EDS500E ( 25 Hours of Classroom Observation )

Admission Prerequisites for the MS Degree Program for Teachers

Generally applicants must be science or math teachers holding provisional certification with the N.Y.S.


The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required for applicants to the MBA programs. Union Graduate College will also accept an adequate score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For GRE, the school code is 2920. Joint applicants from Union College or Siena College for the MBA programs may waive the GMAT if their undergraduate grade point average is equal to or higher than a 3.4 cumulative average. For other colleges where we have articulation agreements, the GMAT is not required for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences joint students may submit a PCAT score in lieu of the GMAT. ACPHS students who did not take the PCAT will be required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. ACPHS students with a 3.2 or higher at start of junior year may waive the GMAT requirement. Students who have been admitted to Albany Law School and are applying to the JD/MBA joint degree program, may waive the GMAT requirement in lieu of their LSAT score. Other applicants with advanced degrees may petition the Director of Admission for a GMAT waiver consideration.

There is no standardized test requirement for the Joint MS in Clinical Leadership with Albany College of Pharmacy application process.

The GRE may be requested by the MAT program in specific instances.

The Bioethics admissions committee may also request a standardized test.

Standardized Tests

English Language Ability:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – Must score a minimum of 213 on the computer based or 550 on the paper based or 80 on the internet based TOEFL. Non-U.S. applicants who have not studied for at least two years in an English-speaking program must also submit an official score from the TOEFL
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Overall score of 6.0 (with a potential request for a telephone interview)

All other programs do not require entrance exams. Information and the test applications can be obtained from Pearson View at www.vue.com. Official scores must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Registration before applicants are considered for admission.

Joint Albany Law School students should request a copy of LSATs be sent from the Law School to The Graduate College.

UGC's codes are:
2 PK-PN-52 MBA Health FT
2 PK-PN-50 MBA Health PT


Students may request up to a one-year deferment of their admission. The request must be made in writing to the Director of Admissions and Registration. Extensions beyond the one-year deferment must be submitted in writing to the appropriate admissions committee through the Director of Admissions.

Course Load Status: Full-time/Part-time

The classification of a full-time student is based on a course load of two or more courses per term, with a minimum of six courses during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.

Full-time students in the MS programs require three to four academic terms to complete and the MBA programs require two years to complete. Part-time students take two to four years depending on the program. Students must complete program requirements within six years of matriculation date.

Non-Matriculated Status (course work prior to formal application)

All programs except Bioethics allow non-matriculated students. Part-time students may enroll in graduate courses as non-matriculated students before admission to a graduate program, provided they satisfy the course prerequisites and have a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA. Applicants with under-graduate GPAs below 2.7 may petition the Admissions Committee to waive the 2.7 requirement for non-matriculated course work. There is a limit of two non-matriculated courses for the MAT. All other degree programs have a limit of three. SOM certificate programs allow one non-matriculated course. Non-matriculated students are required to consult with a graduate program advisor before registration. All students must submit an application for graduate admission, unofficial college transcripts, and an application fee before registering for their first course. Official transcripts are required for the admissions decision. If applicants will be taking more than one course per term, the immunization form must be submitted within 30 days of the start of first class, as required by New York State law. Before registering for their third MAT course or fourth course for other programs, an admission decision must be made on the student’s application.

Combined Union College and Union Graduate College Degree Programs

Union College undergraduates with excellent academic records may apply for a combined degree program with in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Masters of Arts in Teaching, MBA, or the MBA in Healthcare Management programs. A cumulative average of 3.0 in undergraduate course work is expected. Acceptance into the program enables students to apply for up to three graduate college courses for credit (depending on the major) in fulfillment of both undergraduate Union College and Union Graduate College graduate degree requirements.

International Admissions

Union Graduate College welcomes international applicants. Applicants must provide proof of financial independence and submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. One of these tests is required for all programs unless an Applicant has studied in an English-speaking university for a minimum of two years. A professional international course by course evaluation is also required of all degree work. The Admissions Committee may request a telephone interview. It is recommended that international applicants currently studying or living outside the United States who require an I-20 or DS-2019 submit their applications five months prior to the first term they plan to start their studies.

Intent to Enroll/Resource Fee

All programs require a response form and a $350 resource fee to secure a place in the class. All certificate programs require a resource response form and $150 resource fee.

Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is responsible for recommending and applying graduate policy for the admission and academic performance of students. The Committee consists of faculty representatives, a student representative, Deans from the Graduate Schools, Vice President of Enrollment Management, Registrar and President of The Graduate College. The Committee reviews petitions for applicants accepted by The Graduate College’s Admissions Committees to degree status that fall below the 2.7 minimum requirement and reviews petitions submitted by students with academic considerations. Students who wish to petition the Committee with regard to grades, graduate status, or other matters, must do so in writing to the Chair of the Academic Committee

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