Admission Requirements for Expeditionary Studies Master’s

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The admission process for the expeditionary studies master’s degree program is designed to both meet the general graduate admissions standards of SUNY Plattsburgh and also to establish sufficient levels of experience and ability in applicants to determine an applicant’s potential for success. In short, make sure you submit all requests below in order to meet both standards.

Application Deadlines

The application calendar is flexible, allowing for rolling admissions throughout the year. Complete applications, however, are due six (6) weeks prior the semester (Spring, Summer, or Fall) in which you wish to begin.


To be considered for admission, you are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a completed Application for Graduate Study, including the 4-page application and official undergraduate transcripts from an accredited university (or universities);
  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree in an appropriate field of study (you may substitute professional/personal experience appropriate to SUNY Plattsburgh’s M.S. in Expeditionary Studies if your baccalaureate is not in an appropriate field of study);
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading scale;
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation indicating your ability to pursue graduate study;
  • Demonstrate adventure sports skills and potential for success through submission of a statement of purpose, a resumé, and a logbook of appropriate experience;
  • Complete a degree completion plan, developed in consultation with expeditionary studies faculty;
  • Submit copies of all professional state, national, and international certificates/certifications; and
  • Attend an interview, if invited.

Contact Information

We invite you to learn more about expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please feel free to contact the chair.

Jerry Isaak, Chair
Office: 102 Broad Street
Phone: (518) 564-5292