Applying to Graduate School

Though there are two ways to apply to the College of Graduate Studies (online or with a printed application) all students are strongly encouraged to submit the admissions application materials online. See recommended application target dates. It may be helpful to schedule an appointment with the program coordinator or advisor for the degree or program you wish to pursue prior to submitting your application.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Applying Online

  1. Go to the online application at https://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/graduate/user/apply/. Click on Begin your Application.
  2. Complete the first page of the application and click on Save and Continue. You will receive an e-mail with a temporary password and a link to verify your online application account for future access to your application.
  3. After saving, you’ll see a progress bar on the left side of the page that tracks your completion status.
  4. Continue to complete the required application areas (e.g., Program, Academic History, Recommendations, Documents, Residency, and Additional Information).
  5. To access your application for any reason, log in to plymouth.edu/webapp/graduate.
  6. You can submit your application fee online through QuikPAY at any time, but your application will not be considered complete until all required fields show 100 percent completion.
  7. Once all fields, including Application Fee have been completed, click on Submit Application. Review your application summary, confirming all information is correct, and click on Submit Application at the bottom of the page.

Specific admissions requirements vary by degree and program, so be sure to review the requirements for the MA, MAT, MBA, MEd, MS, CAGS, and EdD programs. There are no additional requirements for educator certification or graduate certificate applicants.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with the program coordinator or advisor for the degree or program you wish to pursue.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Submitting a Print Application

  1. Download a print application (PDF). Note: EdD candidates must submit the online application.
  2. Order official transcripts that verify you’ve completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. In addition, please request transcripts from any other undergraduate or graduate institutions you attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school(s) to the College of Graduate Studies.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation from past or present supervisors, professors, or colleagues. Use the recommendation forms provided in the application.
  4. If you are applying for the MA in Historic Preservation or MS (Biology, Applied Meteorology, Environmental Science and Policy), register for and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Educator certification candidates who do not already hold a master’s degree or are not pursuing a master’s degree at Plymouth State must submit passing scores for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests. Test scores are not required for MA in Personal and Organizational Wellness, MAT, MBA, MEd, MS (Athletic Training, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Science Education), CAGS, or EdD candidates, or applicants who already hold a graduate-level degree.
  5. Submit a statement of interest and intent. CAGS and EdD applicants must also submit a professional writing sample.
  6. A professional résumé or curriculum vitae.
  7. All New Hampshire residents must complete and have notarized the New Hampshire Residency Confirmation Form. Non-New Hampshire residents do not need to complete this form.
  8. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $75 for master’s and certification applicants or $100 for CAGS and EdD applicants.
  9. Specific admissions requirements vary by degree and program, so be sure to review the requirements for the MA, MAT, MBA, MEd, MS, CAGS, and EdD programs. There are no additional requirements for graduate certificate applicants.
  10. If you are an international student, please review the additional requirements on the international students admissions page.
  11. Mail the signed printed application, application fee, and all necessary forms and materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
MSC 11
Plymouth NH 03264-1595

Please note: All applications for admission become part of the permanent records of Plymouth State University and will not be returned. Access to this material is limited under the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Materials received as part of the application process will not be duplicated for personal use by the applicant nor forwarded to a third party. Please note: Plymouth is under no obligation to accept more than 12 credits taken at Plymouth State University prior to admittance into a degree program. Courses older than six years at the time of admittance may not be counted toward a degree.

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