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Information for International Graduate Student Applicants

SUNY Plattsburgh is home to students from more than 60 countries. We delight in welcoming international students from around the globe to SUNY Plattsburgh: an academically-challenging, beautiful, safe, and friendly place where professors and staff will help you discover your full potential. We offer comprehensive services to international students through our Global Education Office.

Getting Started - What You Need to Know

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Documents Required for Graduate Admission

  • Original or certified copies of academic transcripts, diplomas or certificates, or other academic course work are required.  Photocopied or scanned copies are not acceptable as official documents.
  • Include a certified English translation for all documents not written in English.  If you need assistance translating your documents into English, we recommend using the American Translators Association to find a certified translator.
  • Transcripts submitted for admission become the property of SUNY Plattsburgh and cannot be returned to you or sent to another college or university.

 Tests Required for Graduate Admission

All graduate programs will require you to take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam if English is not your first language.  The following minimal scores are needed for program consideration:

  • TOEFL: 83 IBT with no subscore below 20 or 560 PBT with no subscore below 54
  • IELTS: 7.0 with no subscore below 6.5

In addition, the GRE or MAT are required for admission to many graduate programs at SUNY Plattsburgh.  Speech-Language Pathology and Natural Science require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs & Higher Education, and all Teacher Education master's programs (M.S.T. or M.S.Ed.) require either the GRE or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT).


If your graduate program requires an interview, the graduate program faculty will contact you in order to set up a phone or Skype interview (if they have decided to consider you for admission to the graduate program). You should be prepared to answer their questions about why you wish to pursue the particular graduate degree program to which you have applied.

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Financial Documentation

  • International graduate applicants must provide financial documentation to show that they can fund their education in the United States, if they choose to accept an offer of admission. The current estimated cost for one year is approximately $40,700 US dollars.
  • If bank documentation is not provided during the application process, it will be required shortly after the applicant’s acceptance into a graduate program.

Information for Accepted International Graduate Students

Once you have paid your admission deposit and acknowledged any conditions of your admission offer, you will be contacted by a member of the Global Education Office who will help you will the process of obtaining your visa.

As an international graduate student, you are not required to live on campus.  You may, however, find it easier to do so.  For on-campus housing information, consult Housing and Residence Life.  If you are interested in living off campus, please consult the Housing and Residence Life off campus housing listing.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Services

The E.S.L. Bridge Program helps students who are English learners improve their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills before enrolling in full-time academic study. Your graduate program conditions may require you to access ESL services to support you as you pursue your graduate degree at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Contact Information

The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.

Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
FAX: (518) 564-4722
Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions Office—113 Kehoe
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901-2681 USA