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Application Process

I. Online Application

Apply online through the Office of Graduate Studies. If internet access is not available, a paper form may be requested by emailing

Additional information can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies or view application deadlines.

II. Supplemental Materials

All supplemental materials should be mailed to:

The College of New Jersey
Office of Graduate Studies
Trenton Hall, Room 109
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08628 USA

III. Application Fee

  • The application fee is $75 (waived for students formerly enrolled at TCNJ).
  • Checks or money orders with the applicant’s name printed on the front are payable to “The College of New Jersey.” Do not send cash. Payment will not be accepted by instructors on-site.
  • Applications cannot be reviewed without payment of this fee, which is non-refundable.

IV. Transcripts

  • An official transcript is required from each college you have attended other than TCNJ.
  • If your transcripts will be sent under a different last name (i.e. a maiden name), please inform The Office of Graduate Studies by e-mail at
  • Transcripts are accepted as official when they are received in their original sealed envelope. Transcripts stamped as “Issued to Student” cannot be accepted as official.
  • Students who attended a non-U.S. institution must have all educational documents evaluated by an accredited agency. For a list of accredited agencies, click here.  Please select a “Course-by-Course Evaluation.”

V. Recommendations

  • Please provide a recommendation form to two individuals who can evaluate your academic performance, relevant work experience, and/or ability to pursue graduate study.
  • Each recommender should mail the form directly to TCNJ or email a PDF to

VI. Student Essay

  • Applicants must write a 1-2 page personal statement expressing professional goals, what they bring to international education, and reasons for wanting to enroll as a graduate student at TCNJ.
  • The essay may be included with the supplemental documents noted above, uploaded through the online application, or emailed to as an attachment.

VII. Standardized Test Scores

EFFECTIVE FALL 2015, all candidates applying for an initial teacher certification must submit ONE of the following:

  • Free resources through ETS and Khan Academy are available to students to build the reading, writing and mathematics skills needed to prepare for the Praxis Core test.
  • Alternatively, applicants may submit passing scores from the GRE, SAT, or ACT. Please click here for more information.
  • International applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if their native language is not English.
  • All test scores should be sent to The College of New Jersey (Code #R2519).
  • Plan to take the exam at least 2-3 weeks before the deadline.
  • If you meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for a waiver. View Graduate Admission Testing and Waiver Information (PDF).

VIII. Resume/CV

  • Resume/CV may be uploaded through the online application.

IX. Copy of Teacher Certification

  • Required for admission to programs leading to principal licensure only.

Information for certificate students moving on to the Master’s program:

If you have already completed your certificate program and are planning on continuing to the Master’s program, you will need to complete an application. To complete an application for the MEd, visit the Office of Graduate Admission’s application website and click the “Apply Now” button. Do not create a new account. Instead, you should login to the application account you created when you applied for matriculation into the certificate program. Then, start a new application for the Master’s program. Your login for the application account is not the same as your PAWS login. If you forget your password for the application account, you can enter the e-mail address that you used to open that account, click Forgot Password, and the system will e-mail you a new password. In completing the M.Ed. application, please note that you will not need to submit an application fee, nor will you need to provide additional supplemental documents.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at

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