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DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Graduate Application and Admission Information Table of Contents Admission Information... 2 Eligibility Pace University Graduate Merit Scholarships Admission
DYSON COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Graduate Application and Admission Information Table of Contents Admission Information... 2 Eligibility Pace University Graduate Merit Scholarships Admission Categories Special Programs... 3 Deferrals and Decision Appeals... 3 International Student Information... 4 Application Instructions...5 Priority Deadline Dates Admission Application...7 Recommendation Forms Graduate Assistantship Application Visiting Student Application...19 Non-Degree Status Application and Registration Form...21 Financial Affidavit for International Students Sponsor Affidavit of Support Financial Affidavit for International Students for The Actors Studio Drama School Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA)...25 Sponsor Affidavit of Support for The Actors Studio Drama School Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) Financial Affidavit for the MS in Publishing Program...27 Sponsor Affidavit of Support for the MS in Publishing Program Financial Affidavit for the MPA Program Sponsor Affidavit of Support for the MPA Program... 30 ADMISSION INFORMATION ELIGIBILITY Applicants to Pace University graduate degree and certificate programs must hold a bachelor s degree from an accredited college or university if postsecondary education was completed in the United States. Applicants who are currently in their senior year at an undergraduate institution may apply for admission, but acceptance can be made only contingent upon receipt of a final transcript indicating all senior year grades and receipt of the bachelor s degree. Applicants who have attended institutions outside of the United States must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor s degree. All information provided in an application must be accurate and complete. Any misrepresentation in or omission of facts from the application will justify a denial or revocation of admission or subsequent dismissal from the graduate program. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to verify any or all information in the application and supporting documentation. PACE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS Merit-based scholarships are awarded to entering full-time and part-time matriculated graduate students who demonstrate exceptional scholastic ability. The Scholarship Committee considers each applicant s academic record to determine the scholarship award. All students admitted to a degree program are automatically reviewed for scholarship. There is no separate application to be completed. Domestic scholarship recipients must register for a minimum of six (6) credits per fall and spring semesters. International scholarship recipients must register for nine (9) credits per fall and spring semesters. ADMISSION CATEGORIES Matriculant Applicants who wish to pursue a graduate degree or certificate at Pace University should apply for matriculant status. The University has established the following criteria as the most critical in the evaluation of applications for matriculant status: scholastic achievement and a desire to excel as evidenced by previous academic work, aptitude for graduate study as indicated by scores on an admission test (if required), motivation, leadership potential, and maturity as evidenced by work and/or volunteer experience, extra curricular activities, recommendations, and responses to questions on the application. An interview will be required for psychology and counseling applicants, this excludes MA Applicants. Conditional Matriculant An applicant who wishes to pursue a degree program but who has not taken a required admission test prior to application may apply as a conditional matriculant. If an applicant is accepted as a conditional matriculant, he or she will be permitted to enroll for a maximum of two courses in the first semester. (Note: Summer I and II are considered one semester.) To continue beyond the first semester, a conditional matriculant must complete Pace graduate coursework with at least a 3.0 GPA and submit an official admission test score report and receive written confirmation of matriculation from the Office of Graduate Admission. The matriculation decision will be based upon a student s undergraduate and graduate records, satisfactory performance on the admission test and other application information. An applicant who needs a student visa is not eligible to apply under this status. Psychology Applicants excluding MA Psychology applicants are ineligible for this status. Non-Degree Status (NDS)* The objective of the non-degree status is to enable students who qualify by virtue of previous education or experience to enroll in appropriate graduate courses on a space-available basis. Students who want to register for coursework under this status must return the Application for Non-Degree Status with a $70 application fee to the Office of Graduate Admission after obtaining written approval from the chairperson of the department offering the course(s). At most, two courses taken in non-degree status may be applied to a graduate program if the student is later accepted by the Graduate Admission Committees. The application for non-degree status can be found on page 21. Auditor* Individuals holding a U.S. bachelor s degree or its equivalent may apply to audit a maximum of two graduate courses at Pace University. The objective of auditor status is to enable students seeking a renewal or extension of knowledge related to their careers to enroll in appropriate graduate courses. Auditors are granted neither grades nor credit for audited courses. An audited course will not be applied to a degree program. Applications for auditor status are available from the Office of Student Accounts and Registrar Services. Alumni Auditor Alumni of Pace University s Dyson graduate programs are eligible to audit graduate classes subject to the approval of the instructor and space limitations. Students must have the necessary background for admission to courses; not every course is open to alumni auditors. Interested alumni should file an Alumni Auditor Application with the Office of Student Accounts and Registrar Services during the second week of the desired semester Visiting Student A student currently in good standing in a comparable graduate program at another institution may apply to take courses in a graduate program of Pace University by completing the Visiting Student Application on page 19. Applicants accepted as Visiting Students may take a maximum of two courses in a Pace graduate program. Registration for courses is on a spaceavailable basis and the courses must be completed in the semester for which the visiting student applied. An applicant who needs a student visa is not eligible to apply under this status. SPECIAL PROGRAMS MPA/JD Written approval of both the Dean of the Law School and the chairperson of the Department of Public Administration are prerequisites to admission to the MPA/ JD program. The applicant must apply to the Pace University School of Law and the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and meet the admission requirements of each school before admission to the joint degree program is approved. The student may, however, apply for admission to the joint program during the first year of study at either school. For admission to the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, a formal application to the Office of Graduate Admission, accompanied by a $70 nonrefundable fee, is required. THE ACTORS STUDIO DRAMA SCHOOL MASTER OF FINE ARTS (MFA) PROGRAM The Actors Studio MFA is a full-time program open to qualified candidates who have earned a bachelor s degree or the international equivalent from an accredited college or university. Guided by the methodology in the system set forth by Constantin Stanislavski in his three groundbreaking books, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character, and Creating a Role, The Actors Studio MFA involves three years of intensive study in the dramatic arts. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS DEFERRALS Students who have been admitted to a graduate program at Pace University but who wish to delay their entrance for a period of time may request a deferral by writing to the Office of Graduate Admission or in the case of psychology, the Director of Graduate Programs, prior to the start of the semester for which admission has been granted. The request must specify the semester the student anticipates entering the program. The graduate admission staff considers each request for deferral individually and retains the right to grant or deny admission for a future semester. DECISION APPEAL An applicant who is not approved for admission may appeal the decision. The appeal should be made in writing to the Office of Graduate Admission within one month of notification of denial INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION APPLICATION FEE Applicants from outside the United States must remit the $70 application fee by international money order or by a check drawn from a U.S. bank. DEADLINE DATE AND STATUS International applicants who require a student visa are advised to apply well before the priority deadline dates, and must apply for full-time matriculated status. TRANSCRIPTS If foreign language transcripts are issued, English translations must accompany the original transcript. Pace will accept translations and evaluations in the following manner: 1) Sent from any NACES (www.naces.org) accredited translation evaluator (Preferred) 2) Sent and attested by the institution of origin 3) the student s Ministry of Education 4) a U.S. consular officer or 5) an EducationUSA adviser (www.educationusa.state.gov). To help expedite the process and review of an application, it is suggested that an academic evaluation of foreign course work be submitted with all translations. All materials submitted become the confidential property of Pace University and cannot be returned or forwarded to the applicant or a third party. TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL) If you earned a bachelor s degree in a country where English is not the official language and English is not your first language, you must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) score that is no more than two years old. Normally, a TOEFL score of 570 (paperbased version), 230 (computer-based version), 88/89 (Internet-based version), or an IELTS score of 6.0 is sufficient to demonstrate the requisite proficiency in English for admission directly to Pace University s academic programs. For the Media and Communication Arts program only, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based version), 100 (Internet-based version), an IELTS score of 7.5, and a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 60 and PTE score of 68 for the Media in Communication Arts program is preferred. If your TOEFL or IELTS scores are below the minimums stated above or Admission determines that you need additional English language preparation to be a fully matriculated student, you could be a candidate for the Pace University Global Pathways program. Once you submit your application, the Admission Committee will advise you about being admitted into this program. STUDENT VISAS To receive Form I-20 from Pace University which is required to obtain an entry visa, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds available to pay for tuition and living expenses for one year of study in the United States. Students must provide evidence of additional financial support of $5,000 per year for a spouse and $5,000 per year for each child that accompanies the student to the United States. All applicants who will require a Pace University student visa must submit the Pace University Financial Affidavit for International Students included in this application packet. All monies pledged on the Pace University Financial Affidavit for International Students must be verified. Monies can be verified in any one or more of the following ways: A. A bank letter on bank letterhead in English, which contains the applicant s or the applicant s sponsor s name, account number, the amount of money in U.S. dollars, and the signature of a bank official; B. A letter of support from a sponsoring scholarship program, fellowship program, or grant organization. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Information regarding applying for your non-immigrant visa or transferring/ changing status if already in the U.S. will be included in your official acceptance packet. In order to assist you, it is required that your home country address be provided on the application for admission. Please note that, as specified by U.S. immigration regulations, students who have entered the U.S. on a tourist visa or on a visa waiver must be in proper status prior to enrolling in classes. Special situations regarding immigration status should be discussed with an adviser in the Office of International Programs and Services. Please submit a copy of the first page (data information) and last page (current address) of your current passport. This should be submitted with the other documentation required for us to issue the form I APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS Please complete and mail your application to the appropriate Office of Graduate Admission. Be sure to sign the last page of the application and all additional papers. To check the status of your application visit applicantportal.pace.edu. Please submit the following: APPLICATION FEE Office of Graduate Admission Office of Graduate Admission Pace University Pace University One Pace Plaza One Martine Avenue New York, NY , USA White Plains, NY , USA Phone: (212) Phone: (914) Fax: (212) Fax: (914) Applications may be printed or typed, and must be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee of $70 in the form of a check or money order in U.S. dollars payable to Pace University. RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE A resume or typewritten outline, describing at least the past five years of your employment history and significant community, professional, or college extracurricular activities, should be sent. Please include recognitions of achievement you have received (e.g. licenses, publications, awards). The Actors Studio MFA applicants should submit an artistic resume and headshot (for actors), or portfolio (for directors), or writing samples (for playwrights). Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health Counseling applicants must submit a CV that outlines your clinical field experience (internship and practica if applicable) and work history. PERSONAL STATEMENT LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS Send an essay explaining to the members of the Graduate Admission Committee why you would like to pursue the program of graduate study you have chosen. Additional information regarding your academic performance, as well as professional experience, may also be included as a supplement. MS in Environmental Science applicants must describe their area of specialty interest in environmental science. MA in Media and Communication Arts applicants must submit a writing sample or a portfolio in addition to the personal statement. MA in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security applicants must submit two separate essays from the following topics: a. Personal statement on a current political or economic issue; b. Experiences and accomplishments essay about a new problem in your current environment and how you would solve it; and c. Self assessment essay about your background and your reasons for applying to this graduate program. Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health Counseling applicants must submit a 750 word essay displaying to the members of the Graduate Admission Committee your exceptional conceptual skills and goals for completing the PhD in Mental Health Counseling, i.e. a narrative of your academic, research, and professional experiences that also includes your research and professional goals and aspirations. It should be submitted in Arial or Times New Roman, 12 point font size, with one-inch margins, double-spaced. Please include the applicant s name and the title of her/his statement. Two recommendations from individuals who can knowledgeably comment on your ability to successfully complete graduate study are required. These references may be either academic or professional and must be forwarded in envelopes sealed by the recommenders. Recommendation forms can be found in this application packet and may be reproduced. Recommenders may write their recommendation on personal stationery or company/university letterhead. MSEd and PsyD applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. The Actors Studio Drama School MFA applicants must submit one academic and one professional recommendation. Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health Counseling applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic in nature, indicating your potential for achievement in doctoral study and potential to complete doctoral work and/or counseling skills. The letters of recommendation should address your intellectual ability, written and communication skills, maturity, initiative/independence, and creativity/ originality. Please arrange for an official transcript from each academic institution you have attended to be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly from the academic institution(s) to Pace University, or if you submit them unopened and in the institution s original sealed envelope ADMISSION CRITERIA The general GRE no older than five years is required for the MA in Psychology program. The Psychology subject test, in addition to the general test, is recommended, but not required of applicants to the MSEd and PsyD programs. The reporting code for Pace University NYC is 2635 and Westchester is For more information about the GRE, visit Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health Counseling must have earned: A master s degree in mental health counseling with a curriculum equivalent to that of the Pace University graduate program in mental health counseling A graduate-level GPA of 3.6 or higher Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: Be eligible for New York State limited permit in mental health counseling Have obtained a limited permit in New York State Be licensed in mental health counseling in New York State Be licensed in mental health counseling in another state Applicants must submit official test scores that are not more than 5 years old for both the GRE general and psychology subject examinations.* * Due to the limited availability of the GRE psychology subject exam, Fall 2014 applications will be reviewed pending receipt of the official GRE psychology subject examination scores. TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL) If you earned a bachelor s degree in a country where English is not the official language, you are required to submit a TOEFL score, the ETS reporting codes for Pace University are: New York City, 2635 and Westchester, For further information, visit the TOEFL website at Note: All documents submitted in support of an application for admission become the permanent possession of Pace University and cannot be returned to the applicant or photocopied for the applicant. For your records, please make photocopies of all materials submitted, except for transcripts and recommendation forms, which must be received unopened, in the original, sealed envelopes. Priority deadlines for ALL graduate programs are as follows: Domestic International Fall Entry Term (September) August 1 June 1 Spring Entry Term (January) December 1 October 1 Summer I (June) and II (July) Entry Terms May 1 March 1 MSEd/PsyD Domestic International Fall Entry Term (September) January 15 November 15 Homeland Security Fall Entry Term (September) June 1 NA ASDS Fall entry only; applicants must submit an application two weeks prior to audition dates listed online at Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health Counseling Admission to the PhD program is highly competitive. All applications must be completed a
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