General Admissions Requirements
All William Paterson University graduate applicants are required to submit the documentation listed below. Please refer to the Our Programs page for additional program specific requirements. Applications that do not have all required documentation will be considered incomplete until all documentation is received. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Any application for a program with a deadline date must be complete prior to the deadline to be considered.
- Completed application
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities
- Proof of Bachelor’s degree (Master’s where required)
Prior to applying, review our listing of graduate programs for specific program requirements. Be advised that some programs have application deadlines. International students should visit our International Students page for instructions and helpful resources.
Please note: Application to the master’s program in Communication Disorders and Sciences should be submitted through the Communication Disorders and Science Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS) https://portal.csdcas.org/
Supplemental documentation should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
William Paterson University offers several options for admission. These include degree, certification, endorsement, non-degree and post-master’s.
Degree, Certification and Endorsement:
You may apply for admission into a degree, certification, or endorsement program and are considered a matriculated student if you are formally accepted into one of those programs. As a matriculated student, you may pursue your studies on a full or part-time basis.
Full-time status: Enrolled in 9-15 graduate credits per semester. (MS in Biology/Biotechnology - 8 or more credits.)
Part-time status: Enrolled in up to 8 graduate credits per semester. (MS in Biology/Biotechnology - 7 credits or less.)
You may apply as a non-degree seeking student for most programs. As a non-degree student, you must possess a bachelor’s degree and may enroll for up to nine (9) graduate credits or three (3) graduate courses. After nine credits, in order to continue, you must file an application for matriculation to be accepted into a degree, certification, or endorsement program. If at any time a non-degree student wishes to apply for admission to the University, formal application must be made and complete credentials must be submitted.
Please note that the nine credit limitation does not apply to senior citizens or to students taking undergraduate courses needed for eligibility for matriculation into a graduate program.
Some programs may not accept non-degree students or may require special permission, based on availability of seats. Additionally, some programs that allow non-degree study, may only allow students to take three to six non-degree credits before requiring matriculation. Please check with the program director to determine the non-degree policy that is applicable to your program of interest.
Students who pursue non-degree study are not eligible for financial aid or application of unemployment waivers. Additionally, individuals who have completed a certificate or endorsement program at William Paterson University must obtain special permission before applying for non-degree status. Please contact us for further information.
A post-master's student (one who has previously earned a master's degree) may earn up to 30 credits in courses designated as open to non-matriculated students. Admission on a non-degree or post master's basis does not imply eligibility for matriculation in any degree program or acceptance into a certification or endorsement program.