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The School of Graduate Studies at Southern Connecticut State University is one of the largest graduate schools in New England. Our mission is to promote excellence in all aspects of graduate education.  

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Size of Campus: 168 acres

Number of Students:
10,680 undergraduate and graduate students; more than 2,600 students living on campus

Number of Faculty: 439 full-time faculty, 84% of whom hold the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their field,
and 593 part-time faculty members, many of whom are practitioners in their fields

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: The School of Graduate Studies works with Southern’s Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Health and Human Services to offer more than 55 graduate degree programs ranging from Business to Secondary Education, Biology to Studio Art, and Communication Disorders to History. Master’s degrees are awarded, as well as graduate certificates, sixth-year professional diplomas, and doctoral degrees in Educational Leadership and Nursing Education.

Geographic Diversity:
37 states represented: top five are Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; 26 foreign countries represented, including Germany, China, South Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom

Graduate Student Budget:

• In-state tuition and fees per year: $1,219*
• In-state MBA tuition per year: $12,408*
• Out-of-state tuition and fees per year: $24,019*
• Out-of-state MBA tuition per year: $25,425*
• In/out-of-state Accelerated MBA program: $8,348 per semester*
• In-state EdD Educational Leadership: $562 per credit plus fees*
• Out-of-state EdD Educational Leadership: $579 per credit plus fees*
• In/out-of-state Part-time EdD Nursing Education: $752 per credit plus fees*

* Estimated expenses for the
academic year, September through May 2016–2017; additional costs may be incurred, including housing, books, supplies, medical insurance, and personal expenses for students living year-round in the New Haven area.

Admission Requirements:
• Degree from an institution accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States; if you are pursuing a master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree is required. For a sixth-year certificate, a master’s degree is required.
• Appropriate academic background in or for the program in which graduate study will be done
• Recommendation of the graduate program coordinator; specific graduate programs may have higher admission standards and/or require scores on standardized examinations such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) as well as letters of recommendation. Read the program section of the graduate catalogue to determine additional graduate program admission requirements.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Application fee is $50. Although the School of Graduate Studies has a rolling admission
process, a number of departments have established application deadlines. Applicants are urged to submit the completed application and credentials well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission. 

Graduate Programs

• Art Education, CT teacher certification
• Bilingual Education/TESOL MS
• Biology MS, CT teacher certification
• Business Administration MBA, Accelerated MBA
• Chemistry MS, CT teacher certification
• Communication Disorders MS, CT teacher certification
• Computer Science MS
• Counseling MS, SYC, CT teacher certification
• Creative Writing MFA
• Educational Leadership SYC, EdD, CT teacher certification
• Elementary Education MS, CT teacher certification
• Elementary Education Classroom Specialist SYC
• English MS, MA, CT teacher certification
• Environmental Education MS
• Exercise Science MS, CT teacher certification
• History MS, MA, CT teacher certification
• Library & Information Science MLIS
• Marriage & Family Therapy MFT
• Mathematics MS, CT teacher certification
• Nursing MSN, EdD
• Physics, Applied MS
• Political Science MS
• Psychology MA
• Public Health MPH
• Reading MS, SYC, CT teacher certification
• Recreation & Leisure MS
• Romance Languages MA, CT teacher certification
• School Counseling MS, CT teacher certification
• School Health Education MS
• School Psychology MS, SYC, CT teacher certification
• Science Education MS, CT teacher certification
• Social Work MSW
• Sociology MS
• Special Education MS, SYC, CT teacher certification
• Sport & Entertainment Management MS (fully online)
• Women’s Studies MA, certificate

Southern offers graduate programs in over 55 areas of study in the fields of education, library science and information technology, business, health and human services, and arts and sciences. We have approximately 3,000 students pursuing graduate studies, including more than 800 full-time graduate students.

A student-centered university
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the campus has a vibrant, culturally rich, and ethnically diverse environment. This public university offers unique research opportunities, access to fascinating internships, a vibrant campus, and a commitment to preparing strong leaders.

Many of our graduate programs are designed specifically for working professionals who are seeking to enhance their skills while continuing to advance their careers. Our flexible full- and part-time programs, such as our Accelerated MBA program with Saturday and online programs, and our fully online MS in Sport and Entertainment Management, allow students to complete their graduate studies without putting their careers on hold.

Southern continues its development as a thoroughly modern campus, with a new School of Business and an expanded library renovation project in progress. Southern’s ongoing expansion of its science programs was greatly enhanced with the construction of a 103,608-sq. ft., four-level academic and laboratory science building, completed in summer 2015.
Faculty expertise
Southern’s nationally renowned graduate faculty represent a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and scholarly achievements. Many have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship and contributions to their professional disciplines. Faculty lend special expertise to the social, economic, governmental, business, and educational issues that impact businesses here in Connecticut and the region. Southern students are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our professors.

Graduate housing
The Department of Residence Life offers several housing options for graduate students at Southern Connecticut State University. The Townhouses, as part of the North Campus Residence complex, offer comfort and location for graduate students. Townhouses are fully carpeted, air-conditioned two bedroom apartments, which are located close to the main academic buildings of the campus. Additionally, these apartments offer two phone lines, cable, a full kitchen with microwave oven, and two full bathrooms.

Graduate students also have the option of living in The North Campus Mid-Rise, which offers the same level of comfort as the Townhouses within the University’s six-story apartment complex. All students in the Townhouses or the North Campus Mid-Rise receive a $250 declining balance card, which is good at all food service outlets on campus.

Make New Haven your own
New Haven is a coastal, multicultural city of more than 130,000 people, just 90 minutes from New York City and fewer than three hours from Boston, with quick and convenient public transportation available to both metropolitan centers. The City of New Haven is a vibrant center for arts, culture, history, and entertainment. It’s home to five colleges and universities, so wherever you go, you’ll find yourself immersed in a dynamic college experience.



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78 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Applied Behavior Analysis                
Athletic Training                
BSN to MSN Programs              
Clinical Psychology                
Community Counseling                
Computer Science                
Creative Writing                
Early Childhood Education                
Educational Leadership              
Elementary Education              
Environmental Education                
General MBA              
Health Education              
Library/Information Sciences                
Marriage/Family Counseling                
Modern & Romance Languages                
Nurse Administration              
Nurse Education              
Parks/Recreation Studies                
Political Science                
Post-Secondary Education                
Psychology - General                
Public Health                
Public Policy                
Reading & Literacy              
School Counseling              
School Psychology              
Social Work - MSW                
Speech Pathology              
TESOL Education                
Teacher Certification                
Teaching Art              
Teaching English              
Teaching Foreign Language              
Teaching History              
Teaching Math              
Teaching Other Subjects              
Teaching Science              
Weekend MBA Programs                
Women's Studies            
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Student Body

2,750 students

894 full-time

1,798 part-time




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