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Application Instructions - 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.

Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (MA)

Department Contact:
Dr. Rajasethupathy
(585) 395-5760

Application Deadline:
March 15 for summer admission
June 15 for fall admission
October 15 for spring admission
** International applicants may apply for fall or spring admission (summer admission not an option)

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

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:
    1. 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.
    2. Employment History/Resume: We suggest you use Microsoft Word or similar software to create your resume and upload it on the Resume page.
    3. Programmatic Focus:
      1. Our program consists of 10 graduate courses, which include four required Liberal Studies courses and six elective courses.The required block includes:
        1. one course from each of three disciplinary perspectives: the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.
        2. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
    4. Three Letters of Reference: (Please note: We do not accept placement or credential files.)
      Please read the submission of Letters of Reference procedure.
      1. Letter of Reference I
      2. Letter of Reference II
      3. Letter of Reference III
  • Domestic applicants (International applicants refer to Part III materials below): 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:

Part III materials - International applicants:

  • In addition to completing Part I and Part II, international applicants are required to submit additional documents as part of the application process. Click on the following link for a complete list of those documents and related instructions: International Part III materials.

We look forward to receiving your application!
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Last Updated 3/3/16