Graduate Degree Application Instructions

Some degrees have program-specific prerequisite requirements, such as coursework or professional experience. Check your program page for information on those items.

  1. Inclusive Education
    Completion of a Child Development course or equivalent completed with a grade of B or better, prior to admission.
  2. Data Analytics
    Completion of a Statistics course or equivalent, prior to admission.

The purpose of this statement is to give insight into your level of motivation, sense of purpose in pursuing a degree program, writing skills, and personal/professional communication style. Care in preparation of your personal statement is strongly encouraged since it is an important part of the Admission Committee's review process.

The Written Statement should be 3-5 pages in length, 12-point type and should address the following in narrative format:

  • Describe your professional goals and how the specific graduate program to which you are applying at Stonehill College will help you achieve them.
  • Reflect on any relevant work and educational experiences and describe how you would contribute to the program and to the profession.
  • Describe how your personal and professional experiences have influenced and prepared you to seek admission to the graduate program to which you are applying.
  • Provide any additional information that you think would be helpful to the admission committee.

We require at least 2 letters of recommendation.  Submit recommendations from individuals with whom you have worked closely in a professional or academic setting, written within the last two years.

  • At least one of these recommendations should come from a present or former supervisor.
  • For applicants currently in school, or recent graduates, the second recommendation should be academic in nature.

Within your online application form, include the names and emails of the people writing your letters of recommendation. They'll receive an email from with an electronic recommendation form, and they can upload a letter if they choose.

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Stonehill from an accredited undergraduate institution from which you earned a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, we require transcripts from any post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework that you have completed.

If your transcript is not in English, please provide a notarized translation of the original transcript.

If you’re enrolled in a degree program when you apply, submit your transcript of the courses you’ve taken to date. You will be required to provide a final official transcript once you’ve completed the degree program. The admission committee may also choose to request a mid-semester assessment of coursework in progress.

Your transcripts need to be:

  • Conferred by regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  • Original documents bearing the official institutional stamp.
  • Received by the Office of Graduate Admission in envelopes sealed by the sending institution or sent electronically directly from the institution.

Mail Transcripts

Stonehill College
Office of Graduate Admission
320 Washington Street
Easton, MA 02357

Email Transcripts

Official transcripts can be submitted electronically to

Please include an updated resume and/or curriculum vitae. Upload your resume and/or curriculum vitae via the application portal.

1. Interview

Inclusive education master’s degree applicants will be required to attend an in-person interview. Once a completed application has been submitted and reviewed, the Office of Graduate Admission will contact candidates to schedule the interview.

2. Communication and Literacy MTEL

The Communication and Literacy MTEL is not required for admission to our graduate programs in education leading to licensure. Currently, the Massachusetts Department of Education requires teacher candidates to pass licensing exams. While we do not require these as entrance exams, they are required to obtain a state teaching credential. We support graduate students in this process through our Student Support Access and Success (SSAS) Framework. 

We require a foreign credential evaluation for any candidate who earned a degree from an institution located outside the U.S. Please use World Education Services (WES) or the Center for Educational Documentation (CED). We require a course-by-course evaluation.

Before you begin your graduate application, please review the application requirements for the program in which you are applying, as well as your program’s specific application deadlines and requirements. As an international applicant, you may be asked to submit additional materials such as proof of English proficiency or a foreign credential evaluation.

Proof of English proficiencyh4 If you are an international student and English is not your native language, we require a TOEFL, IELTS or comparable score.

Stonehill will seek candidates with a TOEFL score of 90 or greater or an IELTS of 7.0 to ensure sufficient preparation for the academic challenge of the program. Additionally, the College will consider candidates’ subscores to ensure sufficient preparation among all measures of English proficiency.

While U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose native language is not English are not required to submit a TOEFL or an IELTS, applicants are welcome to do so to better demonstrate their English proficiency.

Contact Information

Duffy – 124/126

The Office of Graduate Admission assists prospective students as they explore graduate and professional opportunities offered at Stonehill College.