Graduate Admissions

As a graduate student, you'll have the best of both worlds.

You'll be taught by scholars whose research, writings and work experience have earned them reputations of accomplishment in their chosen fields. 
You'll also experience small class sizes where close contact with your professors and peers strengthens the educational experience all along the way. 

degrees offered

Arts & Sciences Programs

Data Science, M.S. (Applications for this program are accepted only for fall semester entry)

Liberal Studies, M.A.

Mental Health Counseling, M.S.  (Applications for this program are accepted only for fall semester entry. The deadline to apply is March 1)

Business Programs 

Accounting, M.S.  (Online and Traditional formats)

Forensic Accounting, M.S.

Taxation, M.S.

Education Programs 

Childhood Special Education, M.S. (Applications for this program are accepted only for fall semester entry)

Literacy Education, M.S. (Applications for this program are accepted only for fall semester entry)

Adolescence Education (for those who do not have certification in this content area)

Advanced Certificates

Adolescence Education (7-12)

how to apply 

Submit your Graduate Application

The graduate application is available online, and it's easy to apply using the SUNY Old Westbury Graduate Admissions Application.  

A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application.  If the application fee cannot be paid online, a check or money order (made out to SUNY Old Westbury) can be mailed to SUNY Old Westbury, Attn: Graduate Admission Processing, P.O. Box 307, Old Westbury, NY 11568.  Once the fee is received and processed by the University, the application will be activated and applicants can proceed with the document submission.  At this time, the only fee waiver available is for graduates of SUNY Old Westbury applying for the M.S. in Liberal Studies degree.   

Applicants should use a personal email address that is checked regularly to ensure timely communication from the University is received.  Shortly after your application is submitted and received, applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt of the application and instructions on how to submit the required documentation. 

Required documents


Electronic document submission is encouraged!  All applicants must order (from their previous institution's website) and submit an official transcripts from every institution of higher education previously attended, even if you enrolled and withdrew at any institution.  Transcripts must be sent directly from the previous institution and can be emailed to  Applicants may not submit their own transcripts.  Graduates of SUNY Old Westbury don't need to order their Old Westbury transcripts as we already have that information on file.  

If electronic transcript submission is not possible, applicants can order their official transcripts from the previous institution to be mailed to:

SUNY Old Westbury
Attn: Graduate Admissions Processing
PO Box 307
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Photocopies, faxed copies or student copies are not considered official and will not be accepted. If college transcripts are from institutions outside the United States, an official copy (in the original language) must be sent to the Graduate Admission Office at the SUNY Old Westbury. An official translation/evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Office of International Education Services (AACRAO) may be submitted.

Applicants with education outside the United States are also encouraged to supply a college catalog or course syllabus that reflects the academic content for each course. This will facilitate the admissions evaluation process.

Supporting Application Documents Required

  • Two reference letters which can be uploaded to the application portal directly by the recommender (links provided in application portal)
  • Essay about your professional goals.  250 words, and this may be uploaded by the applicant directly to the applicant portal 
  • GMAT Score is required only for the Accounting program 

Medical Requirements

All students must submit appropriate documentation verifying that they are in full compliance with the New York State immunization requirements. Students not in full compliance will not be allowed to register for classes.


Immunization requirements include:

  • Measles:  Two doses of live measles vaccine administered after one year of age and after 1968: or physician's documentation of having measles; or a blood test showing immunity.
  • Mumps:  One dose of live mumps vaccine administered after one year of age and after 1969; or physician's documentation of having had mumps; or a blood test showing immunity.
  • Rubella (German Measles):  One dose of live rubella vaccine administered after one year of age and after 1969; or a blood test showing immunity.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are no longer required at this time.

Immunization documents can be faxed directly to Student Health Services at 516-876-3142 or emailed to
If you have questions and you would like to speak to someone in the Student Health Office, their telephone number is 516-876-3250. 

applications Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for most of our programs. Priority is given to those applicants who submit all documents on a first-come first-served and space available basis.

Fall Semester Entry Only

Applications for the following program are accepted only for fall semester entry: 

  • Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) -- Admission to the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program is competitive. To ensure consideration for the program, students must apply before March 1.
  • Childhood Special Education, (M.S.)
  • Data Science (M.S.)
  • Literacy Education (M.S.)

Applying for online M.S. in Accounting option

NOTE: Due to state regulations concerning online education, students can only enroll in Old Westbury’s online M.S. in Accounting program if they reside in New York, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, South Dakota, Virginia, or Wisconsin.  For more information about the M.S. in Accounting Online program, please visit the M.S. in Accounting page.

Graduate Admissions Contacts

Business Programs

Phillip D'Angelo
Accounting, Forensic Accounting and Taxation

(516) 876-3077

Education Programs

Andrea Klaff
Adolescence Education, Childhood Special Education, Literacy Education, and Students with Disabilities 

Arts & Sciences Programs

Andrea Klaff
Data Science, Liberal Studies, Mental Health Counseling

(516) 876-3014