Applying to the GSE
Students may pursue either a graduate degree program (usually on campus) or nondegree study (usually off campus), including certificate and endorsement programs. Instructions for both application pathways are provided here.
Applying to a Graduate Degree Program
The fastest way to apply to the Graduate School of Education is online, through Rutgers’ Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Along with the application forms, you will find detailed information and instructions. It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible. In addition to the general deadlines listed below, be aware that programs may, at their discretion, close admission prior to stated deadlines or extend admission past stated deadlines if sufficient time exists to render decisions.
- February 1 for fall admission for most programs; see specific program description for exact date
- Non-degree programs: rolling admission
- Scholarships/fellowships: February 1
A complete application consists of:
- application form and fee,
- official transcripts,
- personal statement or essay,
- letters of recommendation, and
- test scores.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that applications are complete and for adhering to all policies and procedures as stated in the instructions.
If you have questions or need further assistance with the application process, please contact us. We are here to help.
Applying to Non-Degree Certificate and Endorsement Programs
Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University will apply online at the Graduate Admissions website: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu.
All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin a non-degree program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at 848-932-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must complete an online application even if they are planning to apply for certification to the State on their own and additionally must download, sign and submit the GSE Continuing Education waiver form. The form is available on the forms library on Graduate admissions website.
Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet program requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education WILL NOT refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.
- Visit https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu.
- Click on Apply Now and follow the instructions given.
- Choose “Non-Degree Application”, for Application Type
- For Program Name choose “Professional Credit Programs” from the drop down menu.
- Choose the appropriate program.
- For Enrollment Year, select the corresponding year for the semester in which you wish to participate.
- Select “No” for Full Time Study
- Supporting materials must be submitted online or mailed to the Graduate Admissions office at 65 Davidson Road, Room 200L, Piscataway, NJ 08854:
- Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (Official copies must be mailed (still sealed) or submitted electronically directly from the institution)
- Letter of recommendation/experience (Please upload in the letter of recommendation field if submitting a digital copy)
- Copy of the Standard or CEAS certificate (Please upload in the resume field if submitting digital copy)
- Enter payment information for the non-refundable application fee.
- Submit your application and authorize payment for the non-refundable application fee.
Shortly after your application has been completed you will receive verification of submitted application and be assigned an RUID number via email. If an RUID number isn’t received within 24 to 48 hours of completing the graduate application, please call the Graduate Admissions office at (848) 932-7711 for assistance.
Once your application is submitted please allow two to three weeks for the application to be processed. Applicants will be notified of a decision via (email and mail) within that time.
Applicants who have been accepted into the program will receive instructions on how to create a NETID and how to use that NETID to register for classes.
Applicants interested in registering for classes for the upcoming semester should submit an application no less than 45 days in advance of the first day of class in order to ensure processing and class availability. Though applicants may wish to apply even sooner so as to secure a spot in their preferred classes before they become full.
Course Registration Instructions
Participants already admitted to a program may register for courses via Rutgers’ online web registration system. Follow these steps:
- Go to the web registration system to access the student log-in screen.
- Enter your RUID number.
- Enter your Personal Access Code (PAC), which is your month and date of birth (ex: 1106 for November 6).
- To register for a course, click “Add/Drop Courses,” then “Submit.” Enter the index numbers of all courses desired and click “Add/Drop.”
Due to a system-embedded prerequisite block, students are unable to use the web registration system to register for the following Special Education Certification program courses: 05:300:480, 05:300:481, and 05:300:495. To register for these three courses (and only these courses), please send an email to email@example.com and include:
- “Prereq Override Request” in the subject line, and
- your name; RUID; email address; and course name, course number, and index number in the body of the email.
Your registration will be confirmed via email once it has been processed. Building addresses and room locations for classes will be communicated to you via email.
Concerning Nondegree Status
Successful completion of courses taken as a nondegree student does not mean that a student will be admitted to a degree program. Nondegree students may take as many courses as they wish, but only 12 of those credits may be transferred in the fulfillment of degree requirements in most programs. Application of those 12 credits is at the discretion of the academic department.
Admission to degree candidacy is based on academic transcript review, personal statement, GRE scores, academic and professional recommendations, and formal application. These criteria and the procedures through which they are employed are spelled out in the GSE catalog. Faculty are available to discuss admissions procedures and degree requirements with prospective degree candidates.
Concerning the 100-Hour New Jersey Professional Development Requirement
Rutgers’ GSE is a registered provider (vendor #96) of professional development programs, both credit and noncredit, that may count toward New Jersey’s 100-hour professional development requirement.
For questions regarding registration or your student numbers, including RUID, PAC, and NetID, please visit the appropriate University Registrar’s website. For more information on application procedures for GSE’s certificate and endorsement programs, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services by phone, 848-932-3232, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.