Admissions

Plymouth State University’s accredited graduate programs in business, health and wellness, education, and the arts and sciences provide you with the knowledge and practical skills to achieve your career goals. Whether you are seeking professional development, teacher certification, or an advanced degree, PSU has a program to meet the needs of busy working professionals and continuing undergraduate students.

Questions about Graduate Admissions? Chat with a graduate admission advisor here!

Program Inquiry

If you are interested in finding out more about the graduate programs at Plymouth State, please fill out the brief inquiry form, and we’ll send introductory information to you. Inquire Today!

Visit

Plymouth State offers a variety of visit options for prospective graduate students. Join us for an information session on campus or online, talk with an admission advisor in-person or over the phone, or meet us for coffee at locations around the state.  Schedule your visit!

Admissions Application

Plymouth State University offers an online application for admission to most graduate programs on a year-round basis. Apply Now!

Applications for the Doctor of Physical Therapy are accepted through PT-CAS, and Athletic Training-Professional program through AT-CAS.

Plymouth State University, in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran’s status or disability, in admission or access to, its programs or activities.

Admissions Deadlines

Our MS programs in Applied Meteorology, Biology, Environmental Science & Policy, Athletic Training-Post Professional program, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the EdD have specific admission deadlines.

All other programs use the following dates:

    • Fall 2019 – August 1, 2019
    • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
    • Summer 2020 – April 15, 2020
Admissions Requirements
Applications for all graduate degree programs include: 

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Official transcripts verifying conferral of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, along with official transcripts from any/all other colleges and universities attended. Transcripts can be sent electronically to psu-gradadmit@plymouth.edu or mailed to PSU-Graduate Admissions, 17 High Street-MSC 52, Plymouth NH 03264
  • Statement of interest/intent explaining your motivation for pursuing graduate study and how it relates to your professional and personal goals
  • Current resume
  • Three professional recommendations
  • GRE scores are required for the following programs
    • MS in Applied Meteorology
    • MS in Environmental Science and Policy
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • NH Residents only – signed NH Residency Confirmation Form
  • Application fee
    • $75 for master’s degrees
    • $100 for CAGS and EdD degrees

Applications for Graduate Certificate programs only (not in conjunction with a degree program) include:

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcripts showing conferral of bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Current resume
  • Application fee of $50
Additional Program Specific Requirements

Counselor Education and School Psychology programs

  • Require participation in a group interview – this is a half-day event held throughout the year. Interviews are open to any prospective student and are not dependent on having completed the application process. Schedule your interview here.

Master of Science (MS) programs

  • Please contact the program coordinator for additional admissions requirements
    • Applied Meteorology – Eric Hoffman, ehoffman@plymouth.edu or 535-2321
    • Athletic Training – Julie Bernier, jbernier@plymouth.edu or 535-2518
    • Biology – Heather Doherty, hedoherty@plymouth.edu or 535-3181
    • Environmental Science and Policy – June Hammond-Rowan, jhammondrowan@plymouth.edu or 535-3218

CAGS in Educational Leadership programs

  • Personal interview with the program coordinator – to schedule your interview, please call 603-535-2121.
  • Professional writing sample – you can create a writing sample or use a previously created work that has been submitted academically or written for professional reasons.

EdD programs

  • Limited annually to one cohort of highly qualified individuals who possess a master’s degree and at least five years of successful experience in education or related fields. Preference will be given to those with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) or its equivalent.
  • Admissions deadline is March 1 of each year for cohorts that begin in July
  • Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview with the Doctoral Admissions Review Committee.
  • A complete application will include the following:
    • GPA of 3.0 or better in all college-level coursework
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended – electronic transcripts can be sent to psu-gradadmit@plymouth.edu or mailed to: PSU Graduate Admissions, 17 High Street – MSC 52, Plymouth NH 03264
    • Three professional recommendations that address applicant’s candidacy for admission to the doctoral program; include detailed explanation of applicant’s strengths and ability to conduct research; and address applicant’s potential to successfully participate in, and complete, a doctoral program.
    • Current resume
    • Professional Writing Sample – applicant’s may create a writing sample or use a previously created work that has been submitted academically or written for professional reasons. Must be clear and well organized with logical progression of ideas; include multiple supporting details (literature) with sources cited correctly within the narrative; indicate mastery of grammar, usage & mechanics; and reveal evidence of appropriate use of APA format.
    • Statement of interest indicating applicant’s reasons for applying to doctoral program; preparation and/or readiness for commencing doctoral level coursework; and explain why the program is a good fit
    • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
    • $100 application fee

Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • Applications are accepted annually through PT-CAS for a 30 person cohort with coursework beginning in June of each year. Visit our DPT website for more information.
International Students

Available Programs

MBA – General Management (on-campus cohort only)

MS – Applied Meteorology
MS – Athletic Training
MS- Biology
MS – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
MS – Marriage and Family Therapy
MS – Environmental Science and Policy
MED – School Counseling – K-12 Certification
MED – School Psychology – K-12 Certification
MED – Special Education – Non-Certification
MA – Human Services Leadership
EDD – Higher Education
CAGS – Arts, Leadership, and Learning
CAGS – Educational Leadership – No Concentration & K-12 Curriculum Administrator
CAGS – School Psychology

Admission Requirements

  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Verification of Finances – Documents, including bank statements and other financial documents dated within the past 30 days, that confirm that you have the financial resources to study for a year at Plymouth State, and/or an I-134 Affidavit of Financial Support form must be submitted to the Admissions Office. Applicants must also complete and have notarized the Plymouth State University International Graduate Student Certification of Finances form. Plymouth State will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) based upon documented evidence that funds exist to cover your expenses for one academic year. Regulations limit the employment of non-immigrant international students and their families; therefore, employment cannot be considered as a means of support while you are enrolled at Plymouth State.
  • Visa related documents
    • Copy of most recent I-20 (if applicable)
    • Copy of most recent I-94 (if applicable)
  • Passport – a copy of your valid passport must be included with application
  • Educational documents – Official, notarized transcripts translated into English and evaluated for course-by-course equivalencies, and verifying that a baccalaureate, master’s degree, or both were completed. Preferred evaluation service is World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org.

Upon your admission into a Plymouth State graduate program, you’ll receive an email with your official acceptance letter attached. You must respond to this email indicating your intention to attend Plymouth State University. Once you have responded to this email the I-20 process may begin.

It’s important to understand the process, rules, and regulations regarding studying in the U.S. Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most current information regarding student visas and exchange visitors.

For more information please email psu-gradadmit@plymouth.edu. Telephone callers from outside the United States may need to dial 00 + 1 + 603 + 535 + 2237 to reach us.

Graduate Scholarships and Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the Financial Aid Scholarship website for additional funding opportunities.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.