Graduate Admissions Requirements

Applicants to graduate programs at Fitchburg State must have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or have completed the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree of university-level degree program. 

All applicants for admission to graduate study are required to submit the following credentials in additional to the individual program requirements found within each graduate program page: 

  • Official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Professional resume 
  • Official transcripts of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable) 
  • Graduate application and $50 fee
  • Online programs, with the exception of online accelerated programs, require a GPA of 2.8. 

Please note that every program has individual requirements in addition to these general guidelines. Please refer to the program page you’re interested in to review specific requirements. 

We believe in more than test scores

We no longer require graduate testing for any of our programs. However, if you are seeking initial licensure through a master’s, CAGS or graduate certificate you are required to pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Test. 

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How long are my test scores valid for?

MTEL test scores do not expire. TOEFL and IELTS scores are good for up to 2 years from date of exam. 

What are your minimum test score requirements?

  • The minimum passing test score for the TOEFL is 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (Internet based test). The minimum passing score for the IELTS is 6.5.
  • The MTEL Communication and Literacy Test is scored on a pass/fail basis.

How do I prepare for my graduate testing?

Preparing for your graduate testing is an important part of the admissions process.

  • MTEL -- Practice Test

How do I get a copy of my graduate admissions exam?

The Office of Admissions requires that you send in the original copy of your graduate exam scores directly from the test provider. We do not accept electronically scanned test score reports via email.

I sent my test scores with a previous application. Do you still have them on file?

The Admissions Office keeps admissions materials for up to three years.