Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!  Oneonta offers scholarships to a number of graduate students who are enrolled in degree programs. More information on scholarships and financial aid

While completion time may vary by student, most students are able to complete their degrees within two years on a full-time basis.  Candidates must meet all requirements within a period of six calendar years.

A complete breakdown of Oneonta’s tuition and fees can be found on the Cost Breakdown page.

Yes.  A limited number of graduate students are permitted to live in Higgins Hall. The Office of Residential and Community Life is available to help with any questions regarding on and off-campus housing. They may be reached at 607-436-3182.

Supplemental Test Requirement by Program
Program Supplemental Test Requirement
M.S. in Biology No
M.S. in Lake Management No
M.A. in Museum Studies GRE
M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics No
M.S. in Education (Technology Specialist) Yes (may submit edTPA, Miller’s Analogies, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in lieu of GRE/GMAT)
M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education (Both birth-grade 6 and grades 5-12) Yes (may submit edTPA, Miller’s Analogies, or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in lieu of GRE/GMAT)
M.S.Ed in School Counselor (K-12) No
M.S.Ed in Special Education (All concentrations) GRE
M.S.T (All concentrations) GRE
CAS in School Counselor No
Bilingual Education Extension Advanced Certificate Passing scores on the CLEP exam in a foreign language, or Oral Proficiency Interview score of Advanced Low, or Advanced Intermediate Score on the Writing Proficiency Test.

Yes. Acceptance of transfer credit upon admission is at the discretion of the academic department.  No more than one-half of the number of hours required to complete the graduate degree program can be transferred from another institution.

Students are permitted to pursue their degree on a full-time or part-time basis.  Students registered for at least 12 semester hours of coursework in a Fall or Spring semester (or 9 semester hours in the case of graduate assistants) are considered full-time.  Any less than this is considered part-time status at the university.

Students who wish to take courses and do not wish to apply to apply to a degree program may apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student.  Students are encouraged to consult with faculty within that program prior to completing an application.  If you decide to apply to a graduate program at a later date, your non-degree courses may be subsequently applied to a degree program with approval from the faculty.

Yes. SUNY policy prohibits SUNY Oneonta’s application for admission from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history.  After acceptance, the college shall inquire if the student has been previously convicted of a felony if the individual seeks campus housing or participates in clinical or field experiences.  The information disclosed under SUNY policy regarding such felony convictions shall be reviewed by a campus committee consistent with the legal standards articulated in New York State Corrections Law.

Students who have been previously convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements.  Students concerned with such matters are advised to contact the Dean of their intended academic program to discuss their options.

Feel free to send us an email at, or call us at 607-436-2523.  We’re here to help!

Key Dates & Deadlines:

Fall | Spring

Office of Graduate Admissions
SUNY Oneonta
Office of Graduate Admissions
Welcome Center
108 Ravine Parkway Oneonta, NY 13820

Phone: 800-SUNY-123 x2523
or (607) 436-2523
Fax: (607) 436-3074
Email Us

Office Hours

Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Telephone Hours

M, T, Th, F: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
W: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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