Sage Graduate School application materials and complete information, procedures and timelines regarding the available graduate programs and certificate programs are available from:
Sage Graduate School
Office of Admission
45 Ferry St., Troy, NY 12180
Criteria for Admission to Sage Graduate School
Applicants to Sage Graduate School 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 School 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;
- 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) 244-6878.
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 Education 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 Education Leadership programs which have application deadlines. These programs also have higher GPA requirements. 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 School 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.