Applying to GCNYC

Application Process for GCNYC’s Master’s Programs

At Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC), we offer three specialized master’s degrees focused on social impact and sustainability while fostering industry-wide change through applied research. Our learning experience allows concepts to be felt as well as understood, where the importance of social impact isn’t just talked about but lived out, where students aren’t just personally transformed but become transformative in their workplaces.

Within our walls, our communities, and our cities, we are empowering movers, shakers, dreamers and difference makers, leading alongside each other to arrive at powerful, sustainable change.

Applying to GCNYC is the first step to pursuing your passion for social impact and sustainability for the Common Good and transforming your career. 

Our application process is the same for in-person and online modalities.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

GCNYC will require the COVID-19 vaccination for all new and returning students who are present on campus, starting this Fall 2021.

While we are strongly encouraging all eligible students to receive their approved COVID-19 vaccine in their home state prior to arrival, we will work closely with those individuals who are unable to do so and facilitate vaccination in New York as soon as possible.

Please note that as of April 6, individuals age 16 or older and currently living, studying, or working in New York State are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Master of Science Degree Admission Requirements

The Admissions Team at Glasgow Caledonian New York College holistically reviews all applications. The following criteria will help you understand our admissions process and the types of information you are required to submit.

U.S. Bachelor’s Degree or International Equivalent
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All three Master’s programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent. If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, the Admissions Team requires you to submit translated and evaluated post-secondary credentials. GCNYC recommends utilizing World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation for admission consideration. Other evaluation services will also be accepted for review. The Admissions Team will use the evaluation provided to determine if the degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Understand the Importance of GCNYC’s Core Values
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Glasgow Caledonian New York College’s students, faculty, staff, partners and alumni are a learning community, who are mindful of the wider global context, with core values of integrity, responsibility, creativity, and confidence.

English Language Proficiency
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All three Master’s programs require a solid grasp of the English language, both written and spoken. Applicants who did not complete a degree at an institution where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit IELTS or equivalent scores for the Admissions Team to review.

Minimum score requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 (no single element below 5.5)

TOEFL: 85 (school code: C614)

PTE: 59 (school code: 67L)

Duolingo: 95 – 100

The Admissions Team accepts test scores taken within the past two years. If scores are older, the test must be retaken.

Embody the Common Good Mission
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As New York City’s College for the Common Good, GCNYC educates graduate students to be successful, compassionate leaders in sustainability and social impact. Guided by knowledgeable and experienced faculty, students learn to re-imagine business within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, balancing profitability with the well-being of communities and the planet.

GCNYC Master’s Degree Application Requirements

Please collect all the relevant application materials below before beginning the online application. To be considered for admission to GCNYC, students must submit the following:

Online Application
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Click the link above to start the application process. Note there is a $50 nonrefundable application fee due prior to an offer of admission. Payment via credit card is strongly preferred.

Résumé
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Submit an up-to-date résumé or curricular vitae for the Admissions Team to review.

Post-Secondary Institution Transcripts
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Glasgow Caledonian New York College requires all post-secondary school transcripts for admission. Unofficial transcripts are allowed for application review but official transcripts must be submitted upon admittance into a Master’s program. If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, the Admissions Team requires you to submit translated and evaluated post-secondary credentials. GCNYC recommends utilizing World Education Services, Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation for admission consideration. Other evaluation services will also be accepted for review. The Admissions Team will use the evaluation provided to determine if the degree is the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Official, translated and evaluated transcripts must be sent electronically, via courier, or brought in person upon arrival to the College.

Statement of Purpose
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500-750 word statement focusing on:

  • your reasons for applying to the program and your interest in GCNYC’s Common Good mission.
  • the specific skills and attributes you will bring to the program.
  • how you believe the program will impact your future career goals and plans.

Supplemental Essay
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250-word statement focusing on:

  • an area of interest you would like to further explore within the social impact and sustainability field. 

This supplemental essay may morph into your thesis.

Two Letters of Recommendation
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The Admissions Team requires two letters of reference from current or former supervisors or by faculty members with whom you have studied, who can assess your academic work, intellectual ability, academic potential for graduate work, address your suitability for a master’s program and your passion for the Common Good.

Additional Requirements for International Students can be found on the International Student page.

GCNYC Application Deadlines

The Admissions Team encourages all prospective students to submit their application as early as possible to ensure a timely review process before each program reaches capacity. International students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the Early Action deadline to ensure ample time for the visa process and to secure accommodations.

Application decisions are delivered electronically through the application portal on a rolling basis, roughly one week after an application is submitted with all materials.

JANUARY TERM DEADLINE
EARLY ACTION NOV 5
REGULAR DECISION JAN 3
APRIL TERM DEADLINE
EARLY ACTION JAN 21
REGULAR DECISION APR 11
SEPTEMBER TERM DEADLINE
EARLY ACTION JUN 11
REGULAR DECISION AUG 8

GCNYC Application Policies 

Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with admission instructions may result in denial or cancellation of admission to Glasgow Caledonian New York College. Applicants may be required to assist the Admissions Team in the verification of all documents submitted as part of the application review process.

All admissions decisions are final. The Admissions Team reviews each application holistically and thoroughly.

Glasgow Caledonian New York College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, arrest record, veteran or marital status in its education programs or activities, including admissions.

Apply to GCNYC

Our Master of Science degrees aim to further your sustainability and social impact career through flexible, rigorous coursework promoting the Common Good. 

Apply to GCNYC today! Submit your application for a master’s program at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.