Admissions Requirements for Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Candidates

A completed CAGS application includes:

  • Your completed application, including the non-refundable $100 application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying that you’ve earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution. In addition, include transcripts from any other college(s) or universities you attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions to the Graduate Studies office.
  • Admission test scores are not required for CAGS applicants
  • A statement of interest and intent. In your statement, explain your motivation for pursuing graduate studies, indicate your academic area(s) of interest, and describe how your intended program relates to your personal and professional goals. Typical statements are between two and three typed, double-spaced pages in length. Please place a header on each page with your name and date.
  • A professional résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A professional writing sample (e.g., a paper from a prior graduate course, a written school improvement or committee report which was submitted to colleagues, or any written document suitable for publication in an educational or professional venue)
  • Participation in a face-to-face or phone interview with the CAGS program coordinator
  • Three recommendations in support of your candidacy for admission from past or current supervisors, professors, or colleagues
  • A signed and notarized New Hampshire Residency Confirmation form (NH residents only)
  • Additional requirements exist for international students

Additional program-specific requirements exist for CAGS applicants. Please review all admissions information before submitting your application.

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