Sage Graduate Schools application materials and complete information, procedures and timelines regarding the available graduate programs and certificate programs are available from:
Sage Graduate Schools
Office of Admission
65 First Street, Troy, NY 12180
140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Criteria for Admission to Sage Graduate Schools
Applicants to Sage Graduate Schools must have a minimum grade point average of “B-” (2.75 on a 4.0 scale) for their cumulative undergraduate work, and must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Those lacking the minimum grade point average may be able to demonstrate their readiness for graduate success by completing nine credit hours at Sage as a non-matriculated student with a minimum grade of “B” in each course.
Prospective applicants should obtain a self-managed application packet from the Sage Graduate Schools Office of Admission. The self-managed process ensures that individuals know when each required piece of the application has been submitted. The packet will include instructions to collect the following items and forward them as a package to the Office of Admission:
- A completed application (online);
- A current resume;
- A one to three-page career goals essay (typewritten and double spaced) indicating the reasons for seeking a graduate degree from Sage;
- Official transcripts from each previous college attended;
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to assess the applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate-level academic work.
Any student applying through the Sage Colleges Collaborative Agreements should contact the Sage Graduate School Office of Admission at (518) 292-8615.
International Students must submit the following materials:
- Completed Application (online);
- Academic Credentials. Official documentation (transcripts and/or leaving certificate) from the secondary schools and all universities or colleges the student attended should be sent directly from the institution (s) to the Office of Admission. If the original documentation cannot be obtained, copies certified by a Notary Public or an appropriate school or government
official must be submitted. All applicants must submit proof of completion of baccalaureate degree. Certified translations must be provided for documents supplied in a language other than English. Please note that all transcripts submitted become the property of Sage and will not be returned to the applicant. Course Descriptions (in English) must be provided
in addition to any university or college transcripts. Please note: In some cases, certified course-by-course evaluations of foreign credentials might be requested of applicants.
You may use any of the following Evaluation Services: World Education Services (WES): www.wes.org; Education Credentials Evaluators: www.ece.org; AACRAO: http://www.aacrao.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm; International Educators Research Foundation, Inc: http://www.ierf.org/;
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from a teacher, employer, advisor or professional colleague;
- Resume: A current resume is required;
- Career Goals Essay: A personal statement explaining why you are interested in the program you have chosen to apply for and Sage Graduate School is required;
- Proof of English Proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English
proficiency. The following tests are acceptable: Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 550 (paper), computerized score
of 213 or internet based score of 79; Results from the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of a 6.5; Results from iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) with a minimum score of 5. Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for more than two years
and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.
- Proof of Financial Support. Applicants must complete the Sage International Financial Statement to verify that the applicant has access to sufficient financial resources to attend the College. This form, along with with supporting bank documents, acceptance and enrollment deposit must be submitted before Sage Graduate School can issue the I-20 form
necessary to secure a student visa. Financial assistance is not available to international students. Tuition and Fees vary. Please view the costs for the Sage Graduate Schools at http://www.sage.edu/costaid/graduate/#Tuition for accurate information.
Applications and Deadlines
Applications are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year. The priority application filing dates are April 1 for summer and fall terms and November 1 for the spring term. Students are welcome to begin their studies in fall, spring, or summer terms for most programs. The following programs require a higher GPA, additional admission materials (contact the Office of Admission for further information) and have specific entrance terms and admission deadlines. Please see website for deadline information.
Prerequisites to the Master of Arts in Teaching, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs may be taken in the spring or summer terms as a provisionally matriculated student with permission from the program director.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year with the exception of the Dietetic Internship, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Science and Educational Leadership programs. Admission decisions are communicated within four weeks. The priority application filing dates are April 1 for summer and fall terms and November 1 for the spring term. Students are welcome to begin their studies in fall, spring, or summer terms for most programs, except the Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism, Dietetic Internship, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Doctor of Nursing Science and the Educational Leadership programs which have application deadlines. These programs also have higher GPA requirements; for example, nursing requires a GPA of 3.0. Some programs may require additional supplemental application materials so please contact the Office of Admission.
A provisional admission is offered when a student must complete additional requirements in order to be offered a regular admission, such as completion of undergraduate or graduate prerequisites or coursework to satisfy other requirements, such as equivalence to an undergraduate major. The specification of the provisional admission to Sage Graduate School will be noted in the student’s acceptance letter and on the program of study by the program director and constitutes the conditions the student must meet for regular admission. Students must satisfy the provisions of admission before completing 50% of their program of study. Students who do not satisfy the provisions of admission before completing 50% of their program of study will be subject to dismissal, based on the recommendation of the program director.
A maximum of nine graduate credits or 25 percent of the degree program, whichever is greater, may be transferred from another accredited institution toward the master’s degree at Sage Graduate Schools if such work was taken within five years of the first course counted toward the degree at Sage. Transfer credit is granted at the discretion of the Graduate Program Director and the Dean of Sage Graduate School. Transferred courses must be a “B” or better (“B-“, “S” and “P” grades may not be transferred). The student should initiate a request for transfer of credit by making a written request to the program director.
Students who have previously completed a master’s degree in a related area may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing allows coursework from a previous master’s degree to satisfy up to 30% of the credit requirements in the Sage program, if the program director determines the previous coursework to be acceptable demonstration of program competencies.