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Applications to all graduate programs are submitted to the College of Graduate Studies through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Common application requirements include a completed application, $50 application fee, résumé, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and test scores. However, application requirements vary depending on an applicant’s status and program of choice. Please explore the information below for additional details.

International applicants will need to submit additional materials such as academic evaluations of foreign transcripts, and official TOEFL scores, and proof of financial support.

To view the cost of attendance, please visit the Tuition and Fees page. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss options for financing your studies. In addition to financial aid, Bridgewater State University also offers scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and conference grants to matriculated graduate students.

Please access the online application to begin your application as a Degree seeking candidate or to check your application status.

All required forms are available in the details below.

If you would like to take graduate courses as a NEW Non-Degree student you are required to complete the Application for Admission as a Non-Degree CandidateNew students seeking to earn a BSU degree must apply for admission online as a degree-seeking candidate at www.bridgew.edu.

Application for Admission as a Non-Degree Candidate - Non BSU Employee

Application for Admission as a Non-Degree Candidate - BSU Employee

Accountancy (MSA)

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.


Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree
  • Acceptable GMAT scores
Application Requirements
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references, submitted on Bridgewater’s graduate recommendation forms
  • A résumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Official GMAT scores

NOTE: Applicants to the MSA degree program who meet certain provisions will be considered for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, that requirement will be waived. The following provisions qualify an applicant to be considered for the GMAT waiver:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. master’s, doctorate, JD, etc.) in a specialized business field, economics, law or related field, or in a discipline involving a significant quantitative component (e.g. engineering, science, statistics).
  • CPA, CMA, CFA or CFM certification.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a GMAT score from an applicant even if these conditions are met.

Bridgewater also offers a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and a Graduate Certificate in Finance - please see Graduate Certificate Program section for admissions information.

Master of Science (MS) in Athletic Training

Application Deadline:

February 1 for August admission only.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.75 and 2.99 require acceptable GRE scores; applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and above are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses in: introduction to athletic training; protective techniques in athletic training (including taping, bracing and protective equipment); biomechanics/kinesiology; exercise science; a full year of human anatomy and physiology; an introductory psychology course; and current Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (Certification in Advanced First Aid, Adult and Pediatric CPR, AED and use of barrier devices). Prerequisite course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores, for applicants with GPA between 2.75 and 2.99
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation, at least two from professors
  • Résumé
  • Athletic Training Supplemental Form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Business Administration (MBA)

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.


Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree.
  • Acceptable GMAT scores.
Application Requirements
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references, submitted on Bridgewater’s graduate recommendation forms.
  • A résumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies.
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
  • Official GMAT scores.

NOTE: Applicants to the MBA degree program who meet certain provisions will be considered for admission without submitting a GMAT score. If, upon review, the applicant is considered admissible without a GMAT score, that requirement will be waived. The following provisions qualify an applicant to be considered for the GMAT waiver:

  • An advanced degree (e.g. master’s, doctorate, JD, etc.) in a specialized business field, economics, law or related field, or in a discipline involving a significant quantitative component (e.g. engineering, science, statistics).
  • CPA, CMA, CFA or CFM certification.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a GMAT score from an applicant even if these conditions are met.

Computer Science (MS)

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.


Admissions Criteria for MS in Computer Science
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • In addition to a bachelor’s degree, applicants should be familiar with the organization of computers and have competencies in: a high-level programming language such as C, C++, or Java; discrete and continuous mathematics; and data structures and algorithms.
Application Requirements
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Counselor Education Programs

Programs
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Mental Health Counseling, Dual License
  • Master of Education (MEd) in School Counseling
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Student Affairs Counseling
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling
  • Post-Masters Licensure in School Counseling
Application Deadline
  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: October 1

Late applications will not be accepted.

Admissions Criteria, MEd Programs
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA for the junior and senior years of undergraduate study.
  • A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 is required if the candidate holds a master’s degree.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General
  • Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. (GRE not required if candidate already holds a master's degree.)
  • For School Counseling and Mental Health-Dual License programs: qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure®(MTEL).
  • Successful Admissions Day interview.
  • Candidates with a composite score of 700-899 on the GRE (or a comparable composite score on the new grading scale) AND a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; and candidates with a 2.50-2.79 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND a composite GRE score that exceeds 900 (or a composite score of 290 on the new grading scale) may also be considered for admission at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
Application Requirements, MEd Programs
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores (unless exempt due to prior master’s degree)
  • For School Counseling and Mental Health-Dual License programs: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, and Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation from professionals or educators outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, submitted on Bridgewater’s graduate recommendation forms
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a 500 word statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.
Admissions Criteria, Postmaster's Program
  • An applied master’s degree in counseling or related field (i.e. social work, clinical psychology) which includes a formal, supervised field experience, with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Successful experience in a counseling capacity.
  • Successful Admissions Day interview.
  • A passing score on the Communication and Literacy portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Admissions Criteria, CAGS Program
  • A master’s degree in counseling, which included an applied counseling internship with clinical supervision, with a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • Successful experience in a counseling capacity demonstrated by at least one year of full-time employment as a counselor.
  • Successful Admissions Day interview.
Application Requirements, Postmaster's and CAGS Programs
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • For Postmaster's in School Counseling: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, and Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a supervisor who has knowledge of the applicant’s counseling activities and aptitude for the counseling profession, submitted on Bridgewater’s graduate recommendation forms
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a 500 word statement that presents a synthesized, integrated, and self-reflective description of your career goals as they relate to your chosen field of counseling and how they have led you to apply to the specific counseling program at Bridgewater State University.

Criminal Justice (MS)

The MS in Criminal Justice offers two optional concentrations:
  • Administration of Justice
  • Crime and Corrections
Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 based upon four years of course work
  • A composite score of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011 or a comparable composite score on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011.
Application Requirements
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Educational Leadership Programs

Programs
  • Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Educational Leadership (LEAD Program for Initial Licensure)
  • Postmaster's Licensure in Educational Leadership (LEAD Program for Initial Licensure)
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership, Initial Licensure
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership, Non-licensure
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, Initial Licensure
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership, Non-licensure

The Educational Leadership programs for Initial Licensure are designed to prepare students for the following positions in school administration:

  • School Principal/Assistant Principal: Grades PreK-6, 5-8, or 9-12
  • Supervisor/Director: all levels
  • School Business Administrator: all levels
  • Administrator of Special Education: all levels (only available in the Postmaster's and CAGS Programs)
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent: all levels (only available in the Postmaster's and CAGS Programs)
Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Postbaccalaureate Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Initial Licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought (exceptions granted on a case by case basis)
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Admissions Criteria, MEd Programs
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Initial Licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought (exceptions granted on a case by case basis)
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills MTEL® (licensure program) OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (non-licensure program).
Admissions Criteria, Postmaster's and CAGS Programs:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Prerequisite experience required by MA DESE for licensure
  • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator.
  • Additional requirements for directors, department heads, and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
    • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects they will supervise, OR
    • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) they will supervise.
  • Additional program requirement for School Business Administrator: A minimum of two years of experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test OR official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation (one should be from immediate supervisor)
  • Résumé
  • Documentation of Licensure Status Form and evidence of initial licensure (not required for Non-licensure candidates)
  • An essay on the candidate’s philosophy of educational leadership

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Programs

Programs
  • Postbaccalaureate in Early Childhood Education, Initial Licensure
  • Postbaccalaureate in Elementary Education, Initial Licensure
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education, Initial Licensure
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Professional Licensure
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education, Professional Licensure
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, Non-Licensure
  • Master of Education Elementary Education, Non-Licensure
Application Deadlines, Postbaccalaureate Programs

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Postbaccalaureate Programs
  • A liberal arts or sciences undergraduate degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Application Requirements, Postbaccalaureate Programs
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • MTEL® scores from both Communication and Literacy Skills test and the Foundations of Reading test
  • For Early Childhood Education: MTEL® scores from the Early Childhood test
  • For Elementary Education: MTEL® scores from the General Curriculum test
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career plans.
Priority Application Deadlines, MEd Programs
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, MEd Programs for Initial Licensure
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Admissions Criteria, MEd Programs for Professional Licensure and Non-licensure
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR a composite score of 900 on the GRE general test.
  • An initial teaching license in Massachusetts (for Professional Licensure program) or professional license (for Non-licensure program)
Application Requirements, MEd Programs:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • For Initial Licensure programs: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test and either the General Curriculum test or the Foundations of Reading test
  • For Professional Licensure and Non-licensure programs: MTEL® scores from all tests required for initial licensure, OR official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Evidence of teacher licensure and Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

English (MA)

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed in their junior and senior years. An undergraduate major in English, with at least 24 credits in the discipline, is generally required for admission to this program. Students with deficient academic backgrounds are sometimes accepted into the program with the stipulation that these deficiencies be made up before work actually credited to the degree program begins.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Health Education

Programs
  • Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Health - Health/Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Health Promotion
Application Deadlines, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Priority Application Deadlines, MS Program
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, MS Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior year.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • Applicants who do not possess an adequate background in health and/or related areas will be required to make up course deficiencies. Such background course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation. For the Postbaccalaureate Program, at least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor
  • For MS Program: Official GRE exam scores
  • For Postbaccalaureate Program: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test and Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Instructional Technology

Programs
  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology*
  • Postbaccalaureate in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology
*Please see separate section for Graduate Certificate Programs for admissions information
Application Deadlines, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Priority Application Deadlines, MEd Program
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria for MEd in Instructional Technology
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years.
  • A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL), OR a composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation: at least one should be an academic reference from a professor
  • Official MTEL scores or GRE exam scores as appropriate
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Physical Education

Programs
  • Postbaccalaureate Licensure in Physical Education
  • MS in Physical Education, with Concentrations in:
    • Adapted Physical Education and Sport
    • Applied Kinesiology
    • Human Performance and Health Fitness
    • Individualized
    • Strength and Conditioning
Application Deadlines, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for enrollment in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Priority Application Deadlines, MEd Program
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, MS Program
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of work or a 3.0 GPA based upon work completed during the junior and senior year.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011.
  • Applicants who do not possess an adequate background in physical education and/or related areas will be required to make up course deficiencies. Such background course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Résumé
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation. For the Postbaccalaureate Program, at least one letter of recommendation should be an academic reference from a professor.
  • For MS Program: Official GRE exam scores
  • For Postbaccalaureate Program: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test and Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

PreK-12 Education for Educators in Non-U.S. Settings (MEd)

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation: at least two should be academic references from professors.
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Psychology (MA)

Application Deadline
  • April 1 for Fall admission only. No late applications will be accepted.
Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in either psychology or a closely related field.
  • Above-average GRE scores and some experience in the field.
  • Final candidates may be interviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Public Administration (MPA)

The MPA Program offers two optional concentrations:
  • Civic and Nonprofit Leadership and Administration
  • Sustainable Community Development
Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • An acceptable GRE score: To receive a clear admit status, MPA applicants must have a composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. To receive a conditional acceptance, MPA applicants must have a composite score of 700-899 on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011 or a comparable composite score on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  • Final candidates will be interviewed by the MPA Admissions Committee.

Students failing to meet the standard MPA graduate admission criteria may also be considered on a conditional basis of acceptance.

Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Reading Programs

Priority Application Deadlines for MEd in Reading:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Application Deadline for CAGS in Reading:

October 1*
* This program only accepts students every two years. The next cohort begins January 2014.

Admissions Criteria for MEd in Reading:
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8 based upon four years of course work or a GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years.
  • Possession of Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) licensure as a Reading Specialist, OR a qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
  • A composite score of 900 on the GRE General Test. Students who took the GRE exam after August 2011 will require a combined score of 290 on the new grading scale.
  • One year of teaching experience in the area of licensure.
  • A rating of one ("Highly Recommend") on three letters of recommendation (at least one from teaching supervisor and one who has knowledge of applicant's aptitude for advanced scholarship).
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office).
Admissions Criteria for CAGS in Reading:
  • A Master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Possession of Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) professional teacher license.
  • Possession of Massachusetts State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) licensure as a Reading Specialist, OR a qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the MTEL®.
  • Three years of teaching experience in the area of licensure.
  • A rating of one ("Highly Recommend") on three letters of recommendation (at least one from teaching supervisor and one who has knowledge of applicant's aptitude for advanced scholarship).
  • Foundational knowledge in computer technology (Microsoft Word and Office).
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test (if applicable)
  • For MEd Program: official GRE exam scores
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form and evidence of licensure
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Secondary Education: Initial Licensure (APB)

The APB program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teaching licensure in one of the following fields:
  • Teacher of Biology, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Chemistry, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Dance (all levels)
  • Teacher of Earth Sciences, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of English, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Foreign Language: Spanish, Grades 5-12
  • Teacher of History, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Mathematics, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Music (all levels)
  • Teacher of Physics, Grades 5-8 or 8-12
  • Teacher of Theater (all levels)
  • Teacher of Visual Art, Grades PreK-8 or 5-12
Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

As part of the admission process, each candidate’s transcripts will be reviewed by the APB program coordinator in collaboration with the appropriate departmental graduate coordinator for relevant content area coursework. A list of required topics has been determined by the specialized professional associations -- please see APB Transcript Review document at right for more information. The result of this review may require courses to be taken in the content area in addition to the 15 core APB education credits. Completion of this course work will not be applied to the APB program’s minimum credit requirements.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Literacy, communication and academic competence as demonstrated by a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
  • Content competence demonstrated by a passing score on the subject matter test of the MTEL®.
  • Experience with youth at the licensure level.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • MTEL® scores from both Communication and Literacy Skills test and subject matter test
  • GRE scores (optional)
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Secondary Education: Professional Licensure (MAT)

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are offered in the following areas:
  • Biology
  • Creative Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Physics

Bridgewater also offers an MAT with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), with both a licensure and non-licensure option - please see separate TESOL section for admissions information.

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based on four years of coursework, OR 3.0 undergraduate GPA based on work completed in the junior and senior years. NOTE: For the MAT in Music, the undergraduate degree and initial teaching license both must be in Music.
  • A composite score of 290 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken on or after August 1, 2011 or a composite score of 900 or greater on the quantitative and verbal parts of the GRE General Test if taken before August 1, 2011. NOTE: GRE is not required for MAT in Creative Arts, Physical Science, Physics and TESOL.
  • An initial teaching license in Massachusetts.
  • MAT students are expected to have, or acquire in addition to degree requirements, an appropriate background of college level courses in the subject area, to be determined by the department.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official GRE exam scores (not required for Creative Arts, Physical Science, Physics or TESOL)
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
Application Deadline

January 10 for Fall admission only. No late applications will be accepted.

Application Guide

Please read the MSW Application Guide for detailed information on the program and admissions requirements.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A liberal arts background with some coursework in the social, behavioral and biological sciences is strongly preferred. Applicants with other backgrounds may be asked to take additional coursework prior to matriculation in the program.
  • Standardized test scores such as the GREs and the GMAT are not required, but students are welcome to submit such scores.
  • The admission committee’s decision will be based on the applicant’s demonstrated academic ability, interpersonal skills and self-awareness – indicators of the likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the program. In addition, evidence of a commitment to the social work profession and to the mission of the Bridgewater State University MSW program, and of the likely contribution the applicant might make to the citizens of Southeastern Massachusetts will be assessed. Social work requires the ability to withstand difficult emotional challenges, to work with people whose cultural backgrounds and/or personal values differ from one’s own, and to practice in a demanding and changing political and fiscal environment. Special attributes such as linguistic ability compatible with those in the region, a demonstrated commitment working with underserved populations, and particular skills such as those in research and policy implementation will be considered.
Application Requirements
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • MSW Application Supplement
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation, ideally from supervisors, faculty members and others able to attest to the applicant’s readiness to undertake graduate education in social work
  • Résumé
  • A statement of personal and professional goals (suggested page length of 5-7 pages, doublespaced) which responds to each of the following points:
    1. Describe the experiences that have influenced your choice of social work as a profession by addressing the following:
      • Your motivation for being a social worker
      • Your values and beliefs as they relate to social work
      • The qualities you can bring to the social work profession and to colleagues in the MSW program
    2. Describe both your personal strengths and the areas in need of development related to becoming a professional social worker.
      • Areas of strength
      • Areas in need of development
    3. What do you see as the most pressing social issue facing society?
      • How do we as social workers respond to this need?
      • What is your personal involvement in working on this issue?
    4. Describe your commitment to social justice and social change.
      • Your experience with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds including race, ethnic heritage, age, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability or national origin
      • Your experience with social change
    5. How do you propose to manage the special demands of the program? Please be specific as to how you plan to meet and balance the challenges of:
      • Course work and course schedule
      • Completing internship requirements
      • Paid or volunteer work and your personal responsibilities
  • Advanced Standing applicants: please include a summary statement of your field experience. Instructions for this statement can be found in the MSW Application Guide.

Special Education Programs

Programs

Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education, programs leading to Initial Licensure:

  • MEd in Special Education - Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12)
  • MEd in Special Education - Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels)
  • MEd in Special Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers - Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Health Promotion

Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education, programs leading to Professional Licensure:

  • MEd in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12)
  • MEd in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels)

Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education (non-licensure)

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria, Initial Licensure Programs
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Qualifying scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
  • Completion of prerequisite courses: 1) an introductory class in special education; 2) an appropriate developmental psychology course; 3) a course in teaching reading to special learners. Courses may be taken after admission into the program with advisor approval. Prerequisite course work will not be applied to the graduate program’s minimum credit requirements.
  • Candidates for the MEd in Special Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers need only fulfill prerequisite course (1) above, and must possess an Initial Teaching License.
Admissions Criteria, Professional Licensure Programs
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • An Initial Special Education Teaching License in Massachusetts.
Admissions Criteria, Non-Licensure Programs
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Qualifying scores on the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) OR an acceptable score on the GRE general test.
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé
  • Documentation of Licensure Status form, and evidence of teacher licensure (if applicable)
  • For Initial Licensure Programs: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test
  • For Professional Licensure Programs: Initial Special Education Teaching License
  • For the Non-licensure Programs: MTEL® scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test OR official GRE exam scores
  • Personal statement: Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Programs
  • Graduate Certificate Program*
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), TESOL, non-licensure concentration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), TESOL, licensure concentration

*Please see separate section for Graduate Certificate Programs for admissions information

Priority Application Deadlines
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: February 1

Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria
  • An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 based upon four years of course work or a GPA of 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years.
  • For licensure option: A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL).
Application Requirements:
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation.
  • MTEL scores (for licensure concentration only)
  • Current résumé and personal statement (optional): Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Programs:
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Instructional Technology
  • Teaching English to Student of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring, and Summer enrollment. Applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Admissions Criteria

An undergraduate degree is required for admission to all Graduate Certificate Programs. Applicants to the TESOL program should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8.


Application Requirements
  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Résumé
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate Program for the applicant
  • One appropriate letter of recommendation from an academic or a professional (not required for Instructional Technology).