Q: How do I get an application for the Liberal Studies program?
A: Visit the Office of Graduate Admissions, room 2104 Morgan Hall; call their office at (585) 395-2525; or click here.
Q: May I take graduate courses before I’m accepted into the program?
A: Yes. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions if you haven’t taken graduate classes at The College at Brockport before. After submitting a form and the required fee, you may register (on an availability basis) for elective courses that you wish to take.
Q: If I take graduate courses prior to acceptance into the Liberal Studies program, will they count toward the degree?
A: Maybe. The program requires a central theme or focus for the courses comprising each student’s individualized Plan of Study. This theme, and the particular courses that will actually be accepted for the Plan of Study, are determined through advisement as part of the matriculation process. While we will be as flexible as possible, we cannot guarantee that any particular course taken prior to matriculation will be accepted toward the program. In any case, please note the following:
Q: I wish to strengthen my application by taking some graduate courses prior to sending in my application. Are there particular courses I should take?
A: Courses designed exclusively for graduate students (600-level rather than 500-level courses at The College at Brockport), and those that carry liberal arts credit (usually designated as “A” courses rather than “B” courses at Brockport) are likely to be better predictors of an applicant’s success in the Liberal Studies program; therefore, they are generally given more weight in the application review process.
Q: When are applications reviewed? When will I be notified about the status of my application?
A: Applications are reviewed three times each year. Application deadlines (for receipt of all application materials) are October 15, March 15, and June 15. Students will be notified about acceptance decisions by mail, approximately three weeks after the deadline for each review period. Late applications are sometimes considered.
Q: What are my chances for acceptance into the program?
A: Applicants must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate and/or graduate grade point average to be considered for admission. However, admission is competitive and meeting the minimal criteria for consideration by no means assures admission. As space permits, promising students may be given a “conditional” acceptance contingent on successful completion of specific requirements.
Q: In addition to one’s academic record, what other factors are important to the admission process?
A: All the required application material is carefully reviewed. Letters of recommendation, the quality of one’s Statement of Objectives, and the fit between the applicant’s educational objectives and the program’s philosophy all are important considerations. Availability of elective courses appropriate to the applicant’s proposed curricular focus are also critical factors in the review process, and may vary with different review periods.
Q: What should be included in my letters of recommendation?
A: It's essential that your letters of recommendation indicate your capacity to be successful at the graduate level of study. Your academic instructors from your undergraduate (or graduate) study may be able to make evaluations in this regard. Other recommenders may be appropriate provided that the assessment criteria stated on the recommendation form are addressed.
Q: When will I be able to meet with an advisor regarding the program?
A: All students offered admission to the Liberal Studies program are assigned the program director as advisor, and meet with the director as part of the matriculation process.
For answers to other questions, call the Liberal Studies office at (585) 395-2262/5760 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
For more information about the admissions process, visit The College at Brockport Graduate Admissions Web site.
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