The Graduate School, founded in 1969, offers 26 master’s degree programs and 13 certificate and advanced diploma programs across four academic divisions: Communication & Leadership, Education, Professional & Fine Art, and Psychology & Counseling. The Master of Science in Education degree is awarded in the fields of early childhood education, childhood education, literacy education, special education, and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL). The Master of Science degree is awarded in the fields of educational leadership, art therapy, art therapy/counseling, career development, guidance and counseling, school psychology, communication studies, mental health counseling, and marriage and family therapy. The Master of Arts degree is awarded in art education. The Graduate School offers a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Master of Fine Arts. The College of New Rochelle Advanced Certificates and Advanced Diplomas are offered in selected professional areas.
The Graduate School has a full-time and adjunct faculty of approximately 80 and an enrollment of approximately 700 students. The majority of graduate courses are offered on the New Rochelle campus. However, some of the graduate programs are offered at off-site locations, such as teacher’s centers throughout Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The Graduate School was developed in response to the needs of working professionals who had completed their undergraduate degrees and who wished to pursue advanced degrees. The expertise of the School’s full-time professors is complemented by adjunct professors who are employed in the professional fields that they teach. The School is sensitive to the working and parenting responsibilities of its student body, and seeks to provide convenient access to graduate education. For this reason, in addition to evening courses, there are also weekend and summer session courses.
Over 12,000 women and men have completed their graduate degrees at the College and have entered or returned to professions as teachers, artists, graphic designers, writers, therapists, counselors, or communications specialists. Our programs have offered many students the opportunity to make desired career changes and have confirmed in others the career goals they had previously set.
Aims of the Graduate School
The aims of the Graduate School are shaped by the nature of the College and its Mission Statement. In keeping with these aims, the Graduate School provides educational programs that instruct students with the theoretical foundations, research data, methods and materials of the disciplines, as well as with the contemporary expressions of practical knowledge and field-based education. In addition to expertise we seek to inculcate the values that will provide a better quality of life for those they serve.
Since the best educational approaches value the individuality and hopes of the students, the Graduate School strives for a proper balance between a student’s particular needs and the norms for professional education. Accordingly, a priority is placed on a personalized approach to education. This student-oriented approach is complemented by the School’s commitment to career guidance and to fostering lifelong learning.
The Graduate School is at the service of the wider community in addition to its serving of students. Our Graduate School provides assistance of a varied nature to children and adults within our larger community. It furthers the knowledge of the professions and the general public through the research, publications, and presentations of its faculty and staff. Furthermore, our faculty and staff collaborate with other institutions which serve the public in similar ways.
Our programs prepare individuals for a variety of professions, including careers in the helping professions. As described in the Mission Statement, this recognition of the rights and needs of all citizens is the basis of social justice which brought these helping professions into existence.
Application to the Graduate School
The Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle strongly supports and encourages ongoing education and ongoing professional development. Students are welcome to enroll in many of the courses offered to continue their own professional development. Each division, though, may have certain courses that are restricted to matriculated students only.
In order to take any graduate course for credit, even if one does not intend to pursue a degree or a certificate from The College of New Rochelle, a student must be officially admitted into the Graduate School. In order to pursue a degree or certificate, a student must matriculate.
To apply to the Graduate School, the applicant must submit a completed application form to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The following application materials are required for those seeking matriculation into a degree or certificate program:
- Application form;
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning that one has attended;
- Two letters of recommendation of an academic or professional nature;
- A personal interview;
- A writing sample;
- Proof of immunization. (See Student Services and General Regulations .)
These documents will not be returned to the student.
The Graduate School requires proof that the student holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. The applicant must have maintained at least a B (3.0) average in one’s major field and had an overall grade point average of at least B (3.0). Admission to The Graduate School as a non-matriculate carries no commitment for later admission into a degree or certificate program.
Applicants for matriculation should consult the various program descriptions in this catalog for information regarding further application requirements specific to that program.
Non-matriculated students should meet at least once a semester with the Associate Dean to review and assess their educational goals and objectives. Such a meeting is required of non-matriculated students who have accumulated 12 credits before they may be approved for additional course work upon review of the Dean.
Additional Admission Requirements for Applicants for Degree Programs Leading to Initial Teacher Certification
For applicants of degree programs leading to initial certification as a teacher, the New York State Education Department requires the following undergraduate prerequisites:
- 30 credits in a Liberal Arts major
- 6 credits in Mathematical Processes: coursework in such areas as algebra, geometry, calculus, number theory, statistics, or probability.
- 6 credits in Scientific Processes: coursework in such areas as biology, chemistry, astronomy, earth science, or physics;
- 6 credits in Historical & Social Science Concepts: coursework in such areas as history, anthropology, economics, psychology, sociology, or political science;
- 3 credits in Written Expression: coursework in English or composition;
- 3 credits in a Language other than English (including American Sign Language);
- Artistic Expression: coursework in such areas as art, dance, music or theater;
- Humanities: coursework in such areas as literature, religion (but not theology), philosophy, or cultural anthropology;
- Communication: coursework in such areas as communication, English, written or literary analysis, or composition;
- Information Retrieval: coursework in such areas as library studies, research, computer literacy, or educational technology.
Applicants who have deficiencies in the above listed undergraduate prerequisites may be admitted to the Graduate School with the requirement that all deficiencies be completed before the achievement of 12 graduate credits. Students who do not complete their outstanding deficiencies before completion of 12 credits in their graduate program will not be admitted to candidacy. Denial of candidacy will affect future course registration.
Official transcripts are required from all colleges attended. Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be officially translated and evaluated. For evaluation services, we will accept evaluations made by NACES members.
These documents must be submitted before an official decision about admission can be made. In addition, students with F-1 student visa and obtained a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant F-1 student status through the Registrar’s Office are subject to certain regulations while at the College. Students must report immediately upon arrival to the Registrar’s Office.
Graduate coursework completed at other institutions may be considered for transfer to The College of New Rochelle during the admission process. The Dean must approve all coursework for transfer. The coursework may be approved if it is graduate level from an accredited institution, is equivalent to a course offered in the applicants program, with a grade of B or higher, taken within the last five years, and not counted toward another graduate degree or certificate program. The number of transfer credits is limited to a maximum of 20% of the total program credits. Following admission all subsequent coursework must be completed at The College of New Rochelle (excluding undergraduate prerequisites).
A course may be waived when, in the judgment of the Dean or faculty advisor, a student’s previous educational experience suffices for that particular course. Waiver of coursework is different from transferred credits. Another course of equal credits, and chosen in consultation with the Dean or faculty advisor, must be substituted for the waived course. A waiver form, completed by the Division Office and signed by the Dean will be submitted to the Registrar. Students must obtain approval of the substituted course prior to registration.
Changing from Non-Matriculated to Matriculated Status
Students who have accumulated non-matriculated credits in the Graduate School and wish to transfer to matriculated status may request to do so in writing to the Dean.
Upon review of the students’ record, the Dean will respond to the request in writing. No student is considered matriculated until such notice has been sent by the Dean.
Graduate School Admissions
Office of Admission
4 Hemlock Place
Interim Dean: Dr. David Donnelly
Assistant to the Dean: Aisha Scholes
Associate Dean: Wendi Vescio
Division of Education Chair: Dr. Candace Barriteau-Phaire
Division of Communication & Leadership Chair: Dr. Teri Gamble
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Division of Professional and Fine Art Chair: Dr. Patricia St. John
Division of Psychology and Counseling Chair: Dr. Kenneth Doka
Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships