Gaining acceptance into Marist's highly competitive Master of Education program depends on a variety of factors, including undergraduate academic performance, professional work experience, personal interview, and an application essay. 

New classes begin every August. Applications are accepted year round with a fall deadline of April 15.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Graduate Admission Application (available online)
  • A $50 application fee (you may pay this online if you are completing the online application or you may send a check or money order payable to Marist College)
  • earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade-point average of minimum 3.0;
  • completion of an academic major or its equivalent in the area of certification sought; or a minimum of 30 credit hours in the content area completed before admission to the program;
  • a current résumé;
  • submission of a written personal essay describing the applicant’s background, experiences, and goals, and how these factors relate to the person’s future work in education;
  • two letters of recommendation with the required recommendation forms (preferred from former professors);
  • interview with the Director of the Graduate Education programs, which includes a short written task.
  • NOTE: Cooperating teachers who take graduate education courses as an exchange of a teaching voucher need only to complete an application form, to provide a statement that the course they intend to take is a voucher exchange, submit the original voucher, and receive permission from the Program Director who will advise on the appropriate course. There is no limit to the number of graduate courses a cooperating teacher with a valid voucher may take; however, if the person later decides to become a degree candidate, he/she must then satisfy the requirements for matriculation. It is important to note that a maximum of nine (9) credits may be applied toward the degree using courses taken with a voucher.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of credits will be determined on an individual basis:

  • No more than six (6) graduate credits will be accepted from another institution.
  • A grade of B or better is required for acceptance of any transfer credits.


Send all application materials to:
The Office of Graduate Admission
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387 


The Professional Education Unit at Marist College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Marist College located in Poughkeepsie, New York. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.