Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do I pick up an application for the graduate school?
- You can pick up an application at the Continuing Education office located
on the lower level in the Maxwell Library or request an application by mail
or email: Please phone 508-531-1300 or Gradschool@bridgew.edu.
- What items do I need for my application?
- You will need the filled out application
- Graduate GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 held during Jr and Sr years.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Appropriate test scores for the GRE
- >900 for full admittance
- 600-899 for conditional acceptance
- Check made out to Bridgewater State College in the amount of $50
- Those applying to a post-bacc certification program will also need a qualifying
score on the MTEL test (>70).
- What is the GRE and what skills does the General Test measure?
- The GRE is a test composed of verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing
sections. It is similar to the SATs. You can take it written or on a computer.
- Analytical Writing
- articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
- examine claims and accompanying evidence
- support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
- sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
- control the elements of standard written English (this factor plays
a role only to the extent that poor writing skills impede readers' understanding
of the argument)
- analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained
- analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
- recognize relationships between words and concepts
- understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data
- reason quantitatively
- solve problems in a quantitative setting
- What is the analytical writing section like?
- The analytical writing section consists of two analytical writing
tasks: a 45-minute "Present Your Perspective on an Issue"
task and a 30-minute "Analyze an Argument" task. The "Issue"
task states an opinion on an issue of general interest and asks you
to address the issue from any perspective(s) you wish, as long as
you provide relevant reasons and examples to explain and support your
views. The "Argument" task presents a different challenge--it
requires you to critique an argument by discussing how well reasoned
you find it. You are asked to consider the logical soundness of the
argument rather than to agree or disagree with the position it presents.
These two tasks are complementary in that the first requires you to
construct a personal argument about an issue, and the second requires
you to critique someone else's argument by assessing its claims.
- Where/how do I sign up to take the GRE?
- You can register on-line at http://www.gre.org
or through Bridgewater State
College’s Testing center, call for information 508-531-1780.
- Students who have an earned Masters degree are exempt from taking the GRE.
- How much does the GRE cost and is there a way to get the fee waived?
- The GRE costs $115 for the General Test.
- Yes, there is a way to get the GRE fee waived if you have financial aid.
Just visit the financial aid office, located in room 100 of Tillinhast Hall,
(508) 531-1341, to find out if you qualify and they will give you a waiver form
that you submit when you take the test.
- What do I do with the results of the GRE?
- When applying to take the GRE, you will enter Bridgewater’s CEEB code
of R3517 so that the results will be sent directly to Bridgewater.
- What are the deadlines for applying to the graduate school?
October 1 for spring semester admission
December 1 for late spring semester admission
March 1 for summer session admission
June 1 for fall semester admission
- What is the fee to apply to grad school?
- $50 payable to Bridgewater State College
- Should I hand write out the application or should I type it out?
- While you can write it out, it is highly recommended that you type it out
because it is essentially a first impression of you.
- Can all of my recommendations be from the same area or do they have to
be from different disciplines?
- They all can be from professors but, if two are from professors, one can
be from an employer.
- What do I do if my GPA isn’t quite that high?
- A GPA under 2.75 but above 2.5 will categorize you as a conditional admit
as well as holding a GRE score of 600-899
- Who do I send the application to?
- You send the application to the Graduate Studies Department located in Maxwell
- How long do I have to wait till I get a response?
- Typically, the graduate office should respond within 6 weeks after the deadline
for application has passed.
- How many classes can I take before I am officially accepted into the graduate
- Currently, you are allowed to take 2 classes at BSC and 2 from another accredited
institution before admissions. These credits include any credits earned in courses in which the student is
enrolled at the time of acceptance. It does not include prerequisites. Approval
is subject to the following conditions: 1) that not more than six of credits
being transferred are from an accredited institution other than Bridgewater
State College; 2) that a grade of B or better has been earned in all courses
being transferred; and 3) that courses being transferred have not been used
to fulfill the requirements of another degree or certificate. A form entitled
Petition for Acceptance of Transfer Credit is sent to the student by the graduate
office at the time of acceptance. If courses enrolled in prior to acceptance
are to be applied toward fulfillment of requirements for a master’s degree
or CAGS program, it is the student’s responsibility to submit the transfer
credit form to the graduate office approved by the program adviser. All transfer
courses are subject to the regulations governing time limits – no graduate
course offered for the degree may be more than six years old when degree requirements
are completed. After a student has been admitted to a master’s degree
program, a maximum of six graduate credits of grade B or better, taken at an
institution accredited at the graduate level other than Bridgewater State College,
may be transferred if approved by the adviser. No more than a total of six credits
can be transferred from other graduate schools. An official transcript of courses
taken at another institution after acceptance must be sent directly to the Bridgewater
State College Graduate Admissions Office.
- What constitutes a full time graduate student?
- Full-time graduate study for master’s degree and CAGS students
is defined, for academic purposes only, as being enrolled in nine or more
graduate credits in a given semester. To be considered full-time, post
baccalaureate program students must carry a course load of at least 12
credits each semester, as defined under “Course Loads” in
the “Undergraduate Academic Policies” section of the BSC catalog.
- Full-time graduate students may register for up to 15 credits during
the fall and spring semesters, and up to six credits during each of the
two summer sessions. Students wishing to register for more than the maximum
credit load must receive permission in writing from their graduate adviser
and program coordinator.
- All full time students must show proof of immunization against childhood
illnesses. The following are required:
- At least one dose of mumps, and rubella vaccine given at or after 12
months of age;
- At least two doses of live measles vaccine given at
least one month apart at or after 12 months of age and after 1967;
- A booster dose of tetanus/diptheria within the last 10 years
Graduate Programs and their Classes
- There are different types of graduate programs. Which one should I choose?
- You should select a program that focuses on the topics in which you are interested
in as a possible career. View the recommended courses and see if they cover
important issues for that career. The best thing to do is talk to your advisor.
- Why are there only a few classes offered each semester?
- Student enrollments influence whether or not a course will be offered. Chances
are that if a course has had a good previous enrollment, it might run again.
- Do I need to take elective classes?
- Yes, there are required classes for each program but you will need electives
to get all the credits you will need for the degree. Choice of electives will
be determined by you and your advisor according to what would be best for the
- What would be an example of an elective class?
- Taking a Biomechanics class to help further your knowledge of exercise science.
- What are the core classes required in the MAHPLS graduate program?
- Please see the links to the individualized programs under the graduate web
site or ask the graduate coordinator for the recommended classes.
- How do I choose between either taking COPMS or doing a thesis?
- This depends on whether you desire to conduct an actual study which will
require actual fieldwork or taking COMPS which is a written exam in all areas.
- What are COMPS?
- COPMS are exams which are given at the end of the program. Graduate students
must take a comprehensive examination that reflects the full range of their
program. The design of the comprehensive examination must show a relationship
to the program and to the program’s exit seminar. It is based upon the
student’s major area(s) of study, as well as related areas, and may include
work done on a thesis. Students must give evidence that they can integrate information
and ideas from the various areas in which they have studied. The examination
may be written and/or oral, as determined by the student’s department.
In order to be eligible for a comprehensive examination, the student should
have completed all of the necessary course work specified by the major department.
A student who plans to take the comprehensive examination should file the graduate
office form entitled Examination Request, together with a nonrefundable comprehensive
examination fee of $60 for master’s degree candidates. Checks should be
made payable to Bridgewater State College and submitted to the Office of Graduate
and Continuing Education. The form should be completed and filed along with
the fee on or before the appropriate application deadline. Ordinarily, comprehensive
examinations are given during the months of November and March/April. All students
who take the comprehensive examination will be notified of the results by mail
in a timely fashion. Students who fail the comprehensive examination shall be
given one further opportunity to pass. The student should meet immediately with
the faculty adviser or designated person to review weaknesses of the student’s
performance, and a prescribed program of study should be designed to help guide
the student to prepare for the second examination.
- What would I have to do if I were to do a thesis?
- Graduate students submitting a thesis must have a thesis committee,
which is comprised of at least three faculty members, including a thesis
committee chairperson. All thesis committee appointments should follow
consultation with the student’s adviser and the student. Students
should refer to the course entitled Research (which appears in the catalog
under their major department and in this section under Independent Study)
and consult with the advisor, relative to the matter of earning credit
for research done in conjunction with a thesis. Students must be enrolled
in research during any period in which a faculty member is directing the
- Two unbound copies of the approved thesis must be submitted to the
graduate office not later than the completion of all other degree requirements.
Each copy must contain an abstract of the thesis. The graduate office
arranges for the binding of theses. A fee of $12 per copy is charged.
Checks should be made payable to Bridgewater State College and submitted
to the Graduate Office.
- What is a directed study?
- 503 Directed Study (credit to be arranged) – This course is designed
for the graduate student who desires to study selected topics in his or her
field. Directed study may not be used to substitute for courses which are required
in the program or to study topics which are covered in required or elective
courses in the program. The number of directed studies approved by the Dean
in a given academic year will be limited due to both academic and budgetary
reasons. Directed study follows the same registration procedures as all other
academic course work on campus; that is, arrangement for directed study must
take place prior to the time of registration with all forms completed and on
file at the appropriate departmental office. Enrollment in directed study is
limited to students who have been accepted to a graduate program at Bridgewater
State College and who have completed a minimum of 15 approved graduate credits.
- What are the drop/add deadlines?
- The Drop/Add schedule is as follows:
The Drop/Add period for 15-week semester
courses ends after the sixth weekday of the semester.
The Drop/Add period for five-week summer
courses ends after the third weekday of the session.
The Drop/Add period for 10-week summer
courses ends after the fifth weekday of the session.
The Drop/Add period for non-regular courses ends
one weekday after the first class meeting. However,
students cannot add intensive – e.g., weekend or
one-week – courses after the first class meeting.
- No adds or drops will be permitted after these deadlines.
- Drop/Add forms are available at the Registrar’s Office during
the drop/add period. It is advisable that students discuss changes in
their schedule with their adviser.
- If students fail to drop courses appropriately, a grade of “F”
will be entered on their academic record. This grade will be used in computing
- I want to enter into the teaching Master’s program. What type of certification
test do I need to take?
- You need to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
teacher certification test for content (physical education or Health),
communization, and literacy.
- Where can I apply for this test?
- You can apply to take the test through the test’s web site: http://www.mtel.nesinc.com
or by mail and phone at:
MASSACHUSETTS TESTS FOR EDUCATOR LICENSURE
NATIONAL EVALUATION SYSTEMS, INC.
P.O. BOX 660
AMHERST, MA 01004-9013
TELEPHONE: (413) 256-2892
- What are the deadlines for the test?
- These are the deadlines for the 2004-2005 year, but can give you a basic
idea of the approximate dates:
Test Date Regular Registration Deadline*
Report Mailing Date
date (by 5:00p.m. eastern time) for registration via the Internet and
by mail and for reregistration by telephone
period (by 5:00p.m. eastern time, last day of period) for registration
via the Internet and by telephone
September 11, 2004
23-Sept. 3, 2004
November 20, 2004
1-Nov. 12, 2004
March 5, 2005
14-Feb. 25, 2005
May 14, 2005
25-May 6, 2005
July 23, 2005
5-July 15, 2005
- What are the fees associated with this test?
- If you wish to take the Communication and Literacy Skills (01) test
or the Vocational Technical Literacy Skills Test (91), fill in the corresponding
oval. The fee for taking either test is $60. This fee plus the nonrefundable
registration processing fee must be included in addition to the test fee
for any afternoon PreK–12 or Adult Basic Education subject matter
test you select. If you wish to take the Foundations of Reading (90) test,
fill in the corresponding oval. The fee for the Foundations of Reading
test is $90. This fee plus the nonrefundable registration processing fee
must be paid in addition to the test fee for any afternoon PreK–12
or Adult Basic Education subject matter test you select.
- What is a qualifying score on this test?
- Scores are converted into a 0-100 scale. A score >70 is considered
a qualifying score.
- You can attain more information about the MTEL test at:
- Are there any scholarships that I may apply to in order to help pay for
- There are a couple of scholarships which are available to graduate students.
Contact the student affairs office in Boyden Hall, located in room 106,
in December to attain information.
- Are there any other sources of financial help?
- Yes, one might be able to attain a Graduate Assistantship. There are
typically 35 offered each year on campus on a competitive basis.
- What is a Graduate Assistantship and how do I go about applying for one?
- The graduate office offers a number of graduate assistantships in areas
associated with the college’s graduate programs. Only those who
have been accepted into a Bridgewater State College graduate program are
eligible to be awarded a graduate assistantship. Graduate assistants must
be enrolled full-time (9 credits). Application forms may be obtained online
or from the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education.
- Completed assistantship applications should be returned to the Office
of Graduate and Continuing Education. Applicants who are awarded an assistantship
will receive a letter of appointment from the Office of Graduate and Continuing
Education. Graduate Assistants receive a stipend for either a nine month
(September-May), or 10-month (September-June) position. Assistants will
also receive tuition and fee remission for nine credits of course work
during each of the fall and spring semesters. With permission
from the hiring department, they may also receive tuition and fee remission
for up to six credits of course work during Summer Session I. The tuition
and fee waiver applies only to graduate and continuing education courses
which are offered after 4 PM and during Summer Session I. Graduate assistants
are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. The maximum period
of appointment for any graduate assistant is 24 months or two academic
years. For information regarding additional forms of financial assistance,
see the “Financial Aid” section of this catalog.
- I’ve completed all my classes and am ready to graduate. Where do
I get the application?
- Students who are nearing the completion of their graduate program requirements
and who plan to receive a master’s degree or CAGS in January, May
or August, should request from the graduate office the form Application
to Graduate. This form should be completed by the student and filed, together
with the candidate’s Graduate Program Proposal, approved by the
faculty adviser, in the graduate office on or before the appropriate application
These forms are available on your Blackboard site.
- How many credits do I need to graduate?
- In order for a student to exit from a graduate program, he or she must
satisfactorily complete all credit requirements (with a minimum GPA of
3.0), and, in most programs, pass a comprehensive examination.
- MS programs in PE are 30 credits. Med in Health is 33 credits.
- What is the fee for applying to graduate?
- There is no fee for commencement
- What are the deadlines for the application to graduate?
The application to graduate is available on your Blackboard site.
- October 1 for January graduation
- February 1 for May graduation
- June 1 for August graduation
Last Modified: February 16, 2005