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Admission Requirements


Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or a graduate degree from an approved college with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Though each program has specific admission prerequisites, the majority of our programs – and indeed all our initial teacher certification programs - require students to have a liberal arts and sciences background: both a major (or interdisciplinary concentration) of 30 credits in an area of liberal arts and sciences, as well as a general distribution of courses in the liberal arts and sciences (English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, and the arts). These prerequisites are consistent with New York State’s requirements for teacher certification.

For a list of each program’s prerequisites, please go to the individual Program pages.

Foreign Language Education Applicants (except Latin)

Hunter College requires graduate foreign language education applicants (Italian, French, Spanish) to demonstrate oral proficiency in their language by passing the Advanced Level Check of the oral proficiency interview (OPI), which is administered by a certified tester from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The test is coordinated by Language Testing International (LTI).

The test registration packet can be downloaded by clicking here.

The 20-30 minute interview is conducted over the phone in the presence of a proctor of the applicant’s choosing (either in a professional or academic setting). A passing score on the exam is “Advanced Low,” which verifies speaking proficiency.

Applicants should complete the exam prior to applying for the graduate program; it may take up to four weeks for results to be available. An applicant who has not completed the Advanced Level Check before applying must provide proof of registration for the exam (including test date) in the application for admission.

After registering for the exam, applicants will be contacted by LTI by phone to confirm the registration, and a follow-up email from LTI will confirm the test date.

Please print out the ACTFL Language Proficiency application and Proctor Agreement Form and follow the instructions. For questions, contact LTI at 914-963-7110; fax 914-963-7113;


International Applicants

Students who earned bachelor’s degrees outside the U.S., or took 90 or more credits of undergraduate courses outside the U.S. must take the TOEFL exam in order to apply.


Students who do not meet all the prerequisites, but who are otherwise strong candidates may be accepted as matriculated students on a conditional basis, meaning they must complete any missing undergraduate course work by the end of their third semester. Students missing more than 12 credits of prerequisites cannot be admitted to the School until they have completed further undergraduate course work.

Students admitted with conditions can meet their conditions in a number of ways:

  1. Complete an undergraduate or graduate course at Hunter or elsewhere in the subject in which you are conditioned with a grade of C- or better. In order to take courses at Hunter outside of the School of Education, contact the department office that offers the course you need in order to obtain advisement and permission to take the course. You may need to explain to the department advisor that you are a graduate student in Education who needs to meet certain conditions for admission.
  2. Take a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam in the subject in which you are conditioned and pass with a score of 50 or higher. There are CLEP tests in algebra, calculus, biology, chemistry, natural sciences, American History, American Literature, French, German, and Spanish. For more information, go to NOTE: Please send your student score report, once you recieve it, to (we do not need the official scores, which typically get sent to undergraduate admissions). 
  3. You can satisfy 6 credits (one year at the college level) of the foreign language requirement by showing proof of three years of the same foreign language in high school with grades of “B” or higher, or proof of completion of grade 10 or higher in a high school where courses are taught in a language other than English. Coursework in American Sign Language also satisfies this requirement.*
  4. You can satisfy a science requirement by taking an on-line course developed by the Museum of Natural History.  Recommended courses include “The Diversity of Fishes” and “In the Field with Spiders.” For more information, go to the AMNH Seminars on Science page:

    Please note, you do not need to register through the CUNY e-permit system.  Please register for the course on your own through the American Museum of Natural History.  Once you have completed the course, bring your student course evaluation to the main desk in 1000 West.
  5. A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in the subject for which you are conditioned, or documentation on your transcript of college credit for an AP exam in the subject.
  6. In some cases, a condition may be met by alternative means based on in-depth work in a particular area. In order to pursue this option, please complete and submit the Alternative form.  


Once you have satisfied your admission condition(s), please fill out the Admissions Conditions Request Form, attach an official transcript or score report, and bring it to the Office of Educational Services, Room 1000 West.

You can also apply to satisfy the liberal arts distribution requirement through prior work or personal study. You must submit this application form and supporting documents to Room 1000W for review.

* Students with a disability that prevents them from satisfying the foreign language requirement, including satisfying it with courses in American Sign Language (ASL), must register with and provide documentation of the disability to the Office of AccessABILITY at Hunter College: Room 1124 East; 212-772-4857. Students whose disability prevents them from completing a foreign language (including ASL), as assessed by the Office of AccessABILITY, will be allowed to substitute coursework in the culture or literature of another country, culture, or civilization. A list of approved Hunter College courses is available in room 1000 West.

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