General Application Questions

How do I submit an application?

We do not accept paper applications. Please apply online.

How much is the application fee? How do I pay it?

The application fee is currently $75 for degree applications and there is a $20 fee for non-degree applications. You can pay the application fee using a credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover or American Express) via the online application system. An application will not be considered if the fee has not been paid.

What is the deadline for my program?

Please visit the Program Deadlines and Requirements website for deadline information as it differs by department and program. Application submission closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the day of the published deadline.

What credentials (supporting documents) do I need for my program?

All Degree Applications require at minimum:
Application
$75 Application fee
All non-UAlbany Transcripts
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Some programs require additional credentials; please visit the Program Deadlines and Requirements website for a complete list of program specific credentials.

All Non-Degree Applications require at minimum:
Application
$20 Application Fee
Official Transcript showing your highest degree conferred
Some programs require additional credentials; please click here for a complete list of program specific credentials.

Where do I mail my additional materials?

For faster processing and application review, please do not mail materials but submit them online through your application account (except for required official transcripts and test scores). If you mail credentials, please send your application materials to:

Office of Graduate Education
University Administration Building Room 121
University at Albany
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12222

Do I need to request an official transcript to send to Graduate Education if I am a University at Albany Student?

You do not need to send Graduate Education an official copy of your University at Albany academic transcript. You will need to send official copies of your academic transcript for any other institution you have attended other than the University at Albany.

Do I submit my transcripts electronically?

The Office of Graduate Education will accept electronic transcripts submitted via a secured system from the school/university or by a company contracted by the school/university. Transcripts submitted via email by the school or applicant as an attachment or uploaded with the application will not be accepted as official copies.

What is your Institution code for reporting GRE, TOEFL, and GMAT scores?

The GRE and TOEFL code for the University at Albany is 2532.

The GMAT codes can be found at point of test registration under: State University of NY-University at Albany.

IT CAN TAKE 1-3 WEEKS FOR SCORES TO BE RECEIVED AND PROCESSED BY THE UNIVERSITY. Be sure to request them in sufficient time prior to the application deadline.

Can I submit my GRE Scores (or any other credential) after the application date?

For full consideration, your application must be completed (application, fee, and all credentials) by the deadline. While we may forward your application to the department for review if it is late, we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed or that it will not be penalized. If you expect to submit any part of your application late, please contact the department you are applying to first.

Can my application be reviewed without my GRE Score (or any other credential)?

Academic departments are not mandated to review incomplete materials. It is at the discretion of the academic department on whether or not they will review an incomplete application.  Please contact the department to discuss this. 

I have submitted my application complete and by the deadline. When can I expect a decision?

The Office of Graduate Education does not review the degree applications and cannot give exact time to decisions. However, most departments begin returning decisions 6 to 8 weeks after the deadline or the application has been completed. When a decision is returned to us from the department, we process the decision generally, within two business days and you will be able to see your decision letter on your online application account at that time. Graduate Education policy expressly prohibits us from issuing decisions via e-mail or the phone.

What is the average (or minimum) GRE score for my program?

GRE scores vary from department to department and year to year with the competitiveness of each class. Therefore, the Office of Graduate Education does not issue average or minimum scores. If you must have this information you may try the departmental web sites or contacting the department directly for this year's scores.

What is the Statement of Goals (application essay)?

The Statement of Goals is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program. The statement should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals. Generally there are no formatting requirements. If you feel that any aspect of your past, which is a part of your application, to be detrimental to your application (e.g. poor undergraduate GPA), this is where you would discuss this problem area and how you have addressed it.

Can I get the application fee waived?

The University at Albany is unable to acknowledge receipt or begin processing of graduate applications submitted without the required fee. Admitted and registered students funded by the University's GTOP program may request to have their fee reimbursed, but the fee is still required at point of application. Information regarding the GTOP program can be found here.

How can I check my application status (including if it is complete)?

You can check the status of your application almost 24 hours a day by logging on to your online application account. You can see missing credentials and the status of your application and once a decision has been made, pertinent information regarding your decision will also appear on this page.

We cannot give any applicant decision information over the phone or via e-mail.

What do I do if the test scores I requested do not appear on my application page?

If you do not see your test scores on your application account, then the Office has not yet received them. Please allow 2-4 weeks from the date of your request for the scores to be received. If, after that time, you still do not see your scores, you should contact the testing agency.

Do programs only have a certain number of admissions slots?

Yes, programs can only admit a certain number of students each cycle. This number varies by department and semester and is maintained by the academic departments. The Office of Graduate Education is unaware of how many "seats" are available.

How do I apply for more than one program?

Applicants who wish to submit more than one application may do so by first creating a new account through the online application system for EACH application. You can use the same email address for the additional applications, but please note you will receive a warning message indicating the email address is already in the system and you are creating a duplicate account. This is fine since each application receives a unique PIN assigned to it. You will need to keep track of each PIN that is created. Since every application you create is a separate file, items uploaded into one application cannot be shared with another, except for official transcripts submitted. If you would like to reuse recommendations you have submitted for a previous application, please check with your department first. If they approve, please add the names of your previous recommenders to your new application and indicate that they will be submitting the recommendations as a hard copy (not online). If you indicate that they will submit the recommendations online, then we will not reuse your previous recommendation.

Can you tell me my chances of being admitted into my degree program?

No. The Office of Graduate Education only processes applications. The individual departments make the final decision on all complete degree applications therefore we cannot and will not speculate as to an applicant's admissibility.

How do I reapply to the University?

Applicants who wish to submit more than one application may do so by first creating a new account through the online application system for EACH application. Since every application you create is a separate file, items uploaded into one application cannot be shared with another, except for official transcripts submitted. . If you would like to reuse recommendations you have submitted for a previous application, please check with your department first. If they approve, please add the names of your previous recommenders to your new application and indicate that they will be submitting the recommendations as a hard copy (not online). If you indicate that they will submit the recommendations online, then we will not reuse your previous recommendation.

I have submitted my application, but I need to change the program or term. How do I do this?

Applicants who have not received an admission decision yet and wish to change the program or term of entry for their applications will need to contact the Office of Graduate Education (graduate@albany.edu). Applications can be deferred for up to one year of the original application admit term.