Admission

Application Procedures for Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certifications

The application process for the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs is a two-part application process. Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College at any term during the year. There are four start dates (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) throughout the academic year. Please see the ”Academic Calendar” section.

Applications from prospective students will be reviewed by the School of Education.  A complete application includes the following Granite State College graduate studies admission criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.0 GPA average for the last 60 credit hours, or a 3.0 GPA at the graduate level, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completed application form.
  • 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences.
  • Two completed recommendation forms of professional or academic reference.
  • Current resume.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work (with translation and evaluation if completed outside of the United States) sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office, by the Registrar of the colleges or universities attended.
  • Passing PRAXIS CORE Academic Skills for Educators scores or current teacher certification.
  • Criminal History Records Check.
  • Means for meeting minimal technical requirements.

Students are also required to attend a New Student Orientation.

Additional requirements completed in EDU 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements (1 s.h.) include:

  • Personal Plan of Study
  • TaskStream Subscription
  • Identification of Field Placement and Supervising Practitioner or Mentor

Conditional Acceptance Status

The Dean of the School of Education can grant conditional acceptance for a student who has not fully completed the application process or met Granite State College’s Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program admission criteria. A student may enroll in a certification program for non-clinical courses after being conditionally accepted to the degree program.

The conditional accepted status will be changed to full acceptance status once the application has been completed and the required conditions have been met. Required conditions may include successful completion of several courses while maintaining a GPA ≥3.0.

Transcripts

Post-baccalaureate students must ensure that all official previous college transcripts are received by the Graduate Admissions Office. In order for a transcript to be “official,” it must be in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Electronic transcripts are also accepted from prior institutions that use 3rd party vendors   for delivery. Electronic Transcripts can be sent to gsc.admissions@granite.edu. Paper transcripts should be mailed to:

Admissions Office
Granite State College
25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301

Candidates who have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Granite State College do not need to request their official transcript(s). The Admission’s Office will obtain the transcript(s) through the Registrar’s Office.


Application Procedures for Graduate Certificate Programs

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College in any term during the year. There are four start dates (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) throughout the academic year. Please see the “Academic Calendar” section.

Applications from prospective certificate students will be reviewed by the appropriate Graduate Program Director. A complete application and proof of Bachelor's degree completion is required. For full admission, official transcripts from the institution that conferred the bachelor’s or graduate degree is required.

Students will work with their Academic Advisor for suitable course options.

Students may continue taking courses upon completion of a graduate certificate to pursue the related Master's degree, by applying and meeting the Master's degree admission criteria, see the “Application Procedures for Master’s Programs” section.

Application Procedures for Master's Programs

Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis, offering the opportunity to begin studies at Granite State College in any term during the year. There are four start dates (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) throughout the academic year. Please see the “Academic Calendar” section.

Applications from prospective degree students will be reviewed by the appropriate Graduate Program Director. A complete application includes the following Granite State College graduate studies admission criteria:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a: 3.0 GPA minimum for the last 60 credit hours attempted, or 3.0 GPA minimum overall (undergraduate),
    or
  • Graduate Degree completed from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA minimum overall.
  • Completed application.
  • 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences.
  • Two completed recommendation forms of professional or academic reference.
  • Current resume.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work (with translation and evaluation if completed outside of the United States) sent directly to the Admissions Office, by the Registrar of the colleges or universities attended.

Additional requirements for the following programs:

  • Master of Science in Instruction and Leadership
    • Successful completion of a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Granite State College with a minimum of 24 credits earned; or
    • Successful completion of the Administration of Online Education for Adult Learners Graduate Certificate at Granite State College. 
  • Master of Science in Health Care Management
    • After admission, see “Capstone Requirements” section and program specific information.
  • Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
    • Licensed as a registered nurse in the state of practice
    • After admission, see “Capstone Requirements” section and program specific information.

Materials should be submitted to:

Admissions Office
Granite State College
25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301

Full Acceptance Status

Full acceptance status is attained when all application materials have been received and approved by the Graduate Program Director and Dean. The student will receive notification of full acceptance via email. 

Conditional Acceptance Status

The Dean can grant conditional acceptance for a student who has not fully completed the application process or met the College’s Graduate Studies admission criteria.  A student may enroll in a graduate program for a specified number of courses being conditionally accepted to the program. Please see the table below for individual program limits.

Program Maximum Credits
MS in Health Care Management 12
MS in Instruction and Leadership 6
MS in Leadership 12
MS in Management 12
MSN in Health Care Leadership 12
MS in Project Management 12
Graduate Certificate in Administration of Online Education for Adult Learners 3
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management 3
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership 3
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 3


The conditional accepted status will be changed to full acceptance status once the application has been completed and the required conditions have been met. Required conditions may include successful completion of several courses while maintaining a GPA ≥3.0.

Non-Degree/Special Status

A student with proof of Bachelor’s Degree completion may enroll in up to a specified number of credits without being accepted to the graduate program. See the table below for individual program limits.

Courses for Maximum Credits
MS in Health Care Management 12
MS in Leadership 12
MS in Management 12
MSN in Healthcare Leadership 12
MS in Project Management 12


Financial aid is not available for courses taken under non-degree status. Non-degree status students will work with their Academic Advisor for suitable course options. Students seeking to continue taking courses past the program’s limit (see table above), must meet Granite State College’s graduate admission criteria and must matriculate in a program by applying, see “Application Procedures for Master’s Programs” or "Application Procedures for Graduate Certificate Programs" section.

Transfer Credits

Graduate Studies does not accept transfer credits. If a student has completed the equivalent course content of one course from another accredited institution in the past seven years, a course waiver may be appropriate during the time of application.

Course Waiver

A course waiver may be awarded to a student who has completed the equivalent course content of a Granite State required or elective course, from another accredited institution in the past seven years.

Program Course Waiver Residency Program Credits
MS in Health Care Management Accepted 30 30
MS in Instruction and Leadership Not Accepted 12 36
MS in Leadership Accepted 30 30
MS in Management Accepted 30 30
MS in Nursing Health Care Leadership Accepted 30 30
MS in Project Management Accepted 30 30
Graduate Certificate in Administration of Online Education for Adult Learners Accepted 18 18
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management Accepted 9 9
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership Accepted 9 9
Graduate Certificate in Project Management Accepted 12 12

Students in the graduate programs notated above may request to waive one required or elective course in the program. The waiver will exempt the student from completing the required course. The student will complete another course, as approved by the Program Director, to satisfy the number of credits required for the program. Granite State College may award course waivers for courses earned at the graduate level from regionally and programmatically accredited institutions. In specific cases, Granite State College undergraduate classes that have been co-listed with graduate courses may be considered for a course waiver if the student earned a B+ or better in the course. Information about regionally and programmatically accredited institutions is provided by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

An official course evaluation will take place after an applicant has been accepted to the graduate program and has submitted the Graduate Course Waiver Form, and after all previous official transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi are received by Graduate Studies. Graduate courses will not be evaluated for a course waiver if they were earned to fulfill an academic requirement for a graduate program. All graduate course waiver awards are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Office of Academic Affairs.

Transcripts

Master’s degree candidates must ensure that all official previous college transcripts are received by the Admissions Office.

Graduate certificate candidates must submit the official transcript from the institution that conferred their bachelor's or prior master's degree.

In order for a transcript to be “official” it must be in a sealed envelope from the college or university. Electronic transcripts are also accepted from prior institutions that use 3rd party vendors for delivery. Electronic transcripts can be sent to gsc.admissions@granite.edu. Paper transcripts should be mailed to the:

Admissions Office
Granite State College
25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301

Candidates who have earned a Bachelor’s or prior Master's degree from Granite State College do not need to request their official transcript(s). The Admissions Office will obtain the transcript(s) through the Registrar’s Office.

Capstone Requirements

Capstone Presentations

All Master of Science students with the exception of those in the M.S. Instruction and Leadership program are required to participate in capstone course presentations held the week prior to the end of the term. Accommodations can be arranged for out-of-state students to participate virtually. Dates for the practice night and event night are found in the course schedule’s listing of the capstone course.

Master of Science in Health Care Management Additional Requirements

Prior to the capstone course HLTC 850 Health Care Management Integrative Capstone (3 s.h.), the following is required:

  • Must demonstrate compliance with health and immunization requirements;
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check prior to participation in the capstone course. Cost of the vendor sponsored criminal background and health requirements tracking is the responsibility of the student (cost varies by state). More information will be provided prior to registering for the capstone course.

Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership Additional Requirements

Refer to the “Health, Character, and Technical Standards” in the Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership page.

Earning a Second Master's Degree at Granite State College

Consecutive Master’s Degrees

Enrollment in consecutive Master’s Degrees refers to admission and matriculation in a second Master’s Degree program at Granite State College after the completion of the requirements for a first Master’s Degree earned at Granite State College. When an individual seeks to earn a second Master’s Degree in a discipline closely related to that of his/her first Granite State College Master’s Degree, it is not uncommon for the individual to request that he/she be allowed to apply some of the credits earned in the first program toward the requirements in the second program. However, the College has an obligation to ensure that each of its degrees reflects a significant immersion of the individual in a relevant, concentrated course of study. A student may apply up to 9 credits earned in the first Master’s Degree awarded at Granite State College toward a second Master’s Degree with approval of the student’s graduate Program Director in the second Master’s program. Such credit will be granted only for graded course work completed with a grade of “B” (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) or higher.

Exceptions to a second master’s degree: Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Leadership students are not eligible for a second degree in M.S. in Health Care Management program. Master of Science in Health Care Management students not eligible for a second degree in M.S.N. in Health Care Leadership program.

To this end, a student:

  1. Must formally apply and be accepted for admission to the second graduate program. Components of application:
    1. New Personal Statement.
    2. Updated resume, if applicable.
    3. At least one new recommendation form for the second degree.
    4. Additional program requirements specific to the degree program.
  2. Must obtain the second program’s approval for the courses to be “accepted” from the other degree because certain course credits (e.g., electives) may not be sufficiently relevant to the second degree. The second program will determine which courses from the first program, up to a maximum of 9 credits, will be accepted toward the second Master’s Degree.
  3. Must complete any specific requirements beyond coursework in the second program.
  4. Must complete the capstone requirements for both programs.
  5. Must earn all applicable credits from the first program within five years of admission to the second Master’s Degree program.
  6. Will receive separate diplomas for each degree program.

Degree Status in More Than One Program at Granite State College

A student may only be fully accepted to one degree program at a time. However, students nearing completion of their Baccalaureate degree or higher at Granite State may apply for admission to one of the College’s Master’s Degree programs.

Application Procedures for Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certifications and Master's Programs

Inactivation of Applications

Applications that are not completed within a year from the date of submission will be inactivated. After that time, prospective students will need to reapply. Previously received official transcripts do not need to be resubmitted.

International Student Admission

International students studying from their home country are eligible for acceptance to fully online programs. Several countries will not recognize foreign online degrees, which may affect employment  or further education. It is the student’s responsibility to understand whether the chosen online degree or certificate will be recognized in the student’s home country or the country in which they intend to work; whether their country of residence will levy taxes in addition to the price of tuition, and how individual student data may be used in that country. Granite State College does not sponsor visas.

Transcripts From Other Countries

Applicants who attended a college or university in a foreign country must have their transcript translated and evaluated prior to full acceptance. The College will accept foreign transcript evaluation from members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). For a complete list of members please visit http://naces.org. Each member of NACES has their own fee structure for the translation and evaluation and those charges must be paid for by the student. The College recommends that students obtain a course by course (sometimes called a comprehensive) evaluation.

The transcript must be sent directly from the evaluating agency to the Admissions Office to be considered official.

English Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English. Adequate proficiency is demonstrated by one of the following:

  • a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 (Internet-based) with a writing portion of 20;
  • a minimum International English Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5, with no band lower than 6.0;
  • an official high school or college-level transcript from a school where courses were conducted entirely in English.

Any student not demonstrating adequate proficiency will be referred to an institution that offers courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Admissions Office. Use code 0458.

Veterans or Active Duty Military Applicants

Applicants utilizing veteran or active duty military benefits must submit all official previous college transcripts including military transcripts to the college within two terms of admission or start of coursework.

Granite State College does not engage in high-pressure recruitment tactics to secure servicemember enrollments.

All contact with potential students who are servicemembers is initiated by student inquiries who voluntarily provide contact information. The College does not initiate or make any unsolicited contacts with servicemembers, nor does it use third-party contact lists or host events with incentives to recruit servicemembers.

The College does not provide commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing servicemember enrollments or federal financial aid to any person or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

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Military Training

All branches of the United States military offer training for enlisted personnel and commissioned officers. The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated hundreds of training programs and classifications and has published credit recommendations in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Visit the site at: http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Pages/Military-Guide-Online.aspx. Official transcripts are required for evaluation of transfer credit. Information about military transcripts and how to request them is below.

Army/Navy/US Coast Guard/Marine Corps:
https://jst.doded.mil

CCAF (Air University):
https://www.au.af.mil/au/