Admissions & Financial Aid

How to Apply

Bank Street’s application review process is conducted on a rolling basis, meaning we will accept applications throughout the year for all academic terms and programs. Although we have rolling admissions, you may still want to apply by the Priority Submission Date as primary scholarship consideration will be given to those who complete their application by the Priority Submission Date for their respective terms.

Priority Application Submission Dates:

  • Spring Term: November 1st
  • Summer & Fall Terms: February 1st

Contact the Admissions Team

  • Application Requirements

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    Graduate application forms

    Please carefully read below to see which application you should choose.

    • If you are applying to a full master’s degree program for the first time, reapplying to a program, or seeking your second degree from us:
      • Choose 2018–19 Graduate Application for Spring 2019 and Summer 1, 2019
      • Choose 2019-20 Graduate Application for Summer 2, 2019 and Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 1, 2020
    • If you are applying for a certification sequence if you’re a non-degree student applying for the Bilingual Extension, CPAC credential, or a post-master’s certification sequence in School District Leader, Early Childhood Leadership, TESOL, Early Childhood, or Childhood Special Education:
      • Choose 2018–19 Certification Application for Spring 2019 and Summer 1, 2019
      • Choose 2019-20 Graduate Application for Summer 2, 2019 and Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 1, 2020

    For most programs, complete applications require:

    • Non-refundable Application Fee ($65)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation*
    • A Reflective Autobiography
    • Short Essays*
    • Résumé
    • Transcripts (directly from the institution via regular postal mail or email)
    • Certification documentation, if required for your desired program
    • GRE or MAT Scores. Note: Our Child Life and non-certification programs do not require an entrance exam. Additionally, if you already completed a graduate teaching program and hold a currently valid New York State teaching certification, an entrance exam is not required.

    Some programs require additional application materials. Any specific requirements will be listed on the “Admissions” tab of the program’s page.

    * Requirements may differ for applicants to non-degree certification sequence programs, readmission candidates, and those applying for a second degree.

  • After You Apply

    graduate students laughing in classInterviews:

    If the Admissions Committee wishes to proceed with your application, a faculty member from the appropriate program will contact you to schedule an interview. On occasion, we may be able to accommodate interviews by phone or video chat for applicants who live a distance from the College.

    Admissions Decisions:

    Admissions decisions are made throughout the year. Generally, you will be notified about your admissions status within four to eight weeks of completing your application.

    If you meet the priority submission date, the Admissions Committee will reach an admissions decision prior to registration for the next academic term.

  • Financing Your Education

    Grad students examining owl pellet with magnifying glassApplying for Financial Aid:

    Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid before being accepted into a program. If you’re seeking financial aid, you must submit a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by February 1 to be considered for institutional aid and loans. If you wish to be considered for scholarships, please visit the scholarship page to learn more. Applicants who do not apply by the deadline are not guaranteed aid before the beginning of the next semester and are not eligible for Bank Street Scholarships.

    Learn More About Financial Aid