The purpose of graduate education at Westfield State University is to allow the student to develop as a scholar, capable of original thinking and research in a professional career. A graduate degree represents more than a completion of a prescribed number of courses. It indicates that the student has performed successfully in a field of professional study and has developed specialized skills, independent judgment and scholarship necessary to be a Master in his or her respective discipline.
Applicants' qualifications are reviewed by individual departments as well as by the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education. Criteria used in weighing each application include: undergraduate grade point average, professional training, references, standardized test scores as well as the individuals narrative statement on professional goals and reasons for desiring graduate education.
Application to a graduate program must consist of the following:
Application and $50.00 fee (non-refundable)
Narrative Statement - Your narrative statement is read with great care and consideration. It should be 2-3 pages and include statements about your professional goals, academic experience, factors which led you to consider graduate study and why you feel the University can support your future endeavors. Note: some programs may have specific requirements for the narrative statement. Prospective students should work with an Outreach Specialist to discuss program-specific requirements.
Official transcripts with college seals and in sealed envelopes of all college-level work. If you attended more than one college, submit one transcript from each institution. Please have transcripts sent directly from your former college or university to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education; opened transcripts will not be accepted.
Three letters of professional reference (forms enclosed in application). Students may choose to have their references fill out the recommendation form or write a letter; either is acceptable.
Official scores of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam General Test(GRE) (scores older than five years are not valid please see departmental admissions requirements). Alumni of Westfield State University, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5, are exempt from this requirement. Academic departments may have additional exemptions; see program admission requirements for further details.
Where applicable, a copy of Classroom Teacher Licensure.
Where applicable, (including School Guidance & School Principal) a copy of a passing scores in Communication and Literacy Skills portions of the Massachusetts Educators Certification Tests.
International applicants (where applicable) must provide Official English translations and a Credential Evaluation of all secondary and post-secondary transcripts, an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with passing score, bank-notarized Certification of Finances Form, and a photocopy of the applicants current visa.
International applicants may obtain a credential evaluation of documents from:
Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
PO Box 231126
Boston, MA 02123-1126
(Applicants are responsible for processing fee.)
All Massachusetts residents must submit a Proof of Residency form.
If you are applying to the Applied Behavior Analysis, Master of Arts in Psychology, or Master of Social Work programs, you also need to submit a professional resume.
The application should be typewritten or printed. The $50.00 application fee, payable to Westfield State University, must accompany the application The fee is not refundable. All application materials are to be forwarded directly to the office of Graduate and Continuing Education.
All questions concerning the admission process should be directed to the Admissions Coordinator at (413) 572-8022. Students can also choose to work with an Outreach Specialist to help them through the application process. Call (413) 572-8020 to be connected to the Outreach Specialist for your program of interest.
The application deadline for Social Work, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Psychology degree programs is February 1st. All material must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission. Applications to other programs are accepted on a rolling basis.
The DGCE will accept applications for our Post-baccalaureate music programs on a rolling basis; however, applicants for the music programs are also required to audition for the program during a time period specified by the music department. These auditions only take place during the traditional Spring and Fall semesters. If you are interested in a music program, please contact the music department as soon as possible to make an appointment to audition, or visit the website at http://www.westfield.ma.edu/dept/music/ for information on auditions including upcoming audition dates.
Your narrative statement is read with great care and consideration. It should include statements about your professional goals, academic experience, factors which led you to consider graduate study and why you feel the University can support your future endeavors. Note: some programs may have specific requirements for the narrative statement. Prospective students should work with an Outreach Specialist to discuss program-specific requirements.
Application for admission may be made to the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education by printing one the following forms:
and mailing your completed application to:
Division of Graduate and Continuing Education
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
Attention: Admissions Coordinator