department of liberal studies
The College at Brockport utilizes an online application for graduate admission. Please read the application instructions below
and use the checklist as a guide for submitting Part I and Part II application materials.
Degrees Offered:Master of Arts (MA)
March 15 for summer admission
June 15 for fall admission
October 15 for spring admission
Please note: Applications received after the published deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Part I: Complete and submit the online application along with a non refundable processing fee of $50 fee (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover only) at www.brockport.edu/bounce/webapp.
Part II materials:We strongly suggest that you submit all items as quickly as possible to ensure timely review of your application.
- Please electronically submit the following documents:
- Statement of Objectives: A statement indicating why you are applying to the Liberal Studies program. This statement should include a discussion of your interest in the concept of graduate liberal studies, and what personal, professional, or educational experiences you may have had that are related to your decision to apply to this program. It may be no more than 600 words. We suggest you use Microsoft Word or similar software to create your Statement of Objectives and upload it on the Statement of Objectives page.
- Employment History/Resume: We suggest you use Microsoft Word or similar software to create your resume and upload it on the Resume page.
- Programmatic Focus:
Our program consists of 10 graduate courses, which include four required Liberal Studies courses and six elective courses. The required block includes (a) one course from each of three disciplinary perspectives: the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, and (b) the Project Portfolio, a synthesizing experience entailing both a reflective component and a knowledge application component based on the student's individual Plan of Study.
The six elective courses are selected through advisement once the student is recommended for admission but prior to matriculation. These electives must reflect the programmatic theme or focus that satisfies the degree candidate's personal and/or professional goals. For example, you may wish your course work to center around women's issues or issues of diversity, on environmental studies, increase your familiarity with English literature, expand your knowledge regarding international relations and politics, etc. You may also wish to increase your knowledge and skills in areas related to your professional work. This is a perfectly legitimate basis for your Liberal Studies program, and many of our graduates have benefited greatly in just this way. However, Liberal Studies is not a professional program per se, and candidates are limited to a maximum of six credits of course work specifically focused on professional application.
With the above ideas in mind, in a single, 30 word or less, sentence articulate a proposed theme or focus for your graduate studies, and then elaborate on this theme in terms of the kinds of courses (you do not need to list specific course offerings) you would like to take towards your Liberal Studies program (the theme and course work you propose may be modified during the pre-matriculation advisement process). We suggest you use Microsoft Word or similar software to create your response and upload it on the Programmatic Focus page.
- Three Letters of Reference: (Please note: We do not accept placement or credential files.)
Please read the submission of Letters of Reference procedure.
- Please request one official transcript from each and every college or university you have ever attended, even if you
did not earn a degree there, regardless of perceived relevance of the course work to your current career goals, or the length
of time that has passed since you attended. Transcripts must also be obtained from each and every college or university
ever attended regardless of whether or not credits earned were later transferred elsewhere. Please instruct each institution to send the
transcript directly to The Graduate School via postal mail or electronically via an e-script service such as Scrip Safe. (Please note: The College at Brockport graduates are not required to submit transcripts of their work at The College at
Brockport. In addition, if you were already admitted to The College at Brockport as a non-degree student, you do not
need to resubmit the transcript(s) you provided as part of that process.)
Mail your transcripts to:
The College at Brockport
The Graduate School - Morgan Hall
350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, NY 14420
Send e-script to:
For International applicants:
- Official or true certified copies of your diploma, degree, or certification, in both English and the original language.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; College code 2537) or the IELTS. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version, a minimum score of 213 on the computerized version or a
minimum score of 79-80 on the TOEFL iBT version is required. The IELTS minimum score is 6.5. If the applicant is not able to provide test scores or does not meet the minimum score requirement, conditional admission may be offered based on the completion of an English language course through the College’s ELS office.
- An original bank statement in the student's name or that of the student's sponsor showing a current balance of at least the total cost of attendance. If the student has a sponsor, a letter, signed and dated by the sponsor, is required. It must include the amount (in US dollars) that will be put toward the student's educational expenses. Photocopies will not be accepted.