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Graduate Students

Do something North of extraordinary with a graduate degree from Northern Vermont University.

Northern Vermont University offers rigor and flexibility to help graduate students advance professionally and personally. There’s no strict deadline for applying to any of our programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but it’s a good idea to get yours in as soon as possible to secure your place. Similarly, if you apply for federal financial aid, you’ll want to submit your FAFSA before you begin studies.

To apply for admission to any of our graduate programs, submit your application and other required materials. Degree-specific application information is available below.

Apply for Graduate Admission

Required Materials for NVU Graduate Program Applicants

Requirements vary depending on the program to which you are applying; specifics are noted below and on the online application. In general, however, all graduate programs require the following in addition to the application:

  • An official transcript from all previous colleges and/or universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who know the quality of your preparation or who can attest to your character and skills. (Not required for M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.A. in Counseling)
  • Reference form (Only M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.A. in Counseling)
  • A statement of purpose
  • An interview with an NVU faculty member after receipt of all required materials
  • A $50 application fee

International Applicants

If you are a non-U.S. applicant, you also need to provide:

  • Financial documentation for immigration purposes equal to one year’s expenses (see the Financial Documentation form)
  • If English is not your native language, scores from your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson tests. Specific requirements are listed here; see also www.ets.org for more information.

DEGREE-SPECIFIC APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for the master of science in clinical mental health counseling (weekend format) program:

Additionally, please submit the following supporting documents to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656

  • Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation (with reference form completed by recommender)

A phone interview is required for admission to the program. A representative from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will contact you to arrange the interview.

To apply for the master of arts in education degree program at NVU-Johnson:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload a two-page essay about why you are pursuing graduate studies.
  • Upload a statement of philosophy about working with children or youth.
  • Submit a $50 application fee. (This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to other university fees.)

Additionally, please submit the following supporting documents to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656

  • An official copy of all college and university transcripts
  • A copy of your current teaching license, if applying for the M.A. in special education
  • Three recommendations from professors or other professionals who know the quality of your preparation or who can attest to your character and skills. (These materials become part of your permanent file at NVU.)

When your application is complete, the Graduate Office will contact you to schedule an admissions interview.

To apply for the online master of arts in Education: Digital Media Instruction:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload an essay about why you want to pursue graduate studies and this program.
  • Submit a $50 application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who know the quality of your preparation or who can attest to your character and skills.
  • Interview – an interview is required for admission. Once your application is complete, the Digital Media Instruction program advisor will contact you to schedule your interview.

To apply for the master of arts in counseling program at NVU-Johnson:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your statement of purpose outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Submit a $50 application fee. (This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to other university fees.)

Additionally, submit the following supporting application materials to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656

  • An official copy of all college and university transcripts
  • Three recommendations from professors or other professionals who know the quality of your preparation or who can attest to your character and skills. (These materials become part of your permanent file at NVU.)

When your application is complete, the Graduate Office will contact you to schedule an admissions interview.

To apply for the M.F.A. in studio arts at NVU-Johnson:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload (in the application form) an artist’s statement of 250 words (or more) discussing the technical development of your work and your conceptual consideration. 
  • Upload your professional resume.
  • Submit your $50 application fee. (This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to other university fees.)

Additionally, submit the following supporting application materials to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656

  • An official copy of all college and university transcripts (3.0 GPA or higher required)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals who know the quality of your preparation or who can attest to your character and skills. (These materials become part of your permanent file at NVU.)

When your application is complete, the Graduate Office will contact you to schedule an admissions interview.

To apply for the M.Ed. in education program at NVU-Lyndon:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload a two-to-three-page statement of purpose describing desired outcomes from completion of a master’s degree program at NVU. This statement should highlight the student’s strengths for completing a graduate degree and provide a rationale for selection of the particular concentration and specialization.
  • Submit a $50 application fee. (This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to other university fees.)

Please send all supporting application materials to:

Office of Admissions
NVU-Lyndon
PO Box 919
Lyndonville, VT 05851

  • Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals knowledgeable about your professional commitment

A formal interview is required for admission into graduate programs at Northern Vermont University. An admissions counselor will contact you after your application is received to set up an interview.

 

To apply for the master of arts in liberal studies program at NVU-Lyndon:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload your statement of purpose outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Submit a $50 application fee. (This fee is not refundable and may not be applied to other university fees.)

Additionally, please mail all supporting application materials to:

Office of Admissions
NVU-Lyndon
PO Box 919
Lyndonville, VT 05851

  • Official copies of transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals knowledgeable about your professional commitment

A formal interview is required for admission into graduate programs at Northern Vermont University. An admissions counselor will contact you after your application is received to set up an interview.

To apply for the online master of arts in leadership studies:

  • Complete the online application, which includes an essay about your goals for graduate study.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended; demonstrate a 2.75 undergraduate GPA.
  • Three letters of recommendations from professors or other professionals who can attest to your readiness for graduate study.
  • Submit the Readiness Checklist for Online Study.
  • An interview with an NVU faculty member after receipt of all required materials.

Mail all supporting documentation to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656
Admissions@NorthernVermont.edu

Northern Vermont University’s Johnson campus offers two Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study programs: Digital Media Instruction and Education: Foundations of Education (Self-Designed).

To apply for either Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at NVU-Johnson:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Upload an essay about why you want to pursue graduate studies.
  • Submit a $50 application fee.
  • Submit an official copy of graduate transcripts showing an earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • No Letters of Reference are required.
  • No interview is required.

Please submit the application fee and your graduate transcripts to:

Admissions Office
NVU-Johnson
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656