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Admissions Criteria



The criteria described here apply to applicants for all graduate degree programs. Applicants should consult specific degree program descriptions on this site for additional requirements and prerequisites. Bank Street College seeks applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
  • An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and depth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in their professional lives.
  • Sensitivity to others, flexibility, self-awareness, and a willingness and capacity to engage in self-reflection.
  • Positive interpersonal skills in relationships with both children and adults.
  • A healthy motivation and commitment to learning and to children.
  • Please view our Admissions Guide Chart to see other admissions requirements based on program. 

Additional Admissions Criteria for Programs Leading to Certification

Programs leading to initial certification in New York State require that applicants meet breadth and depth distribution in the liberal arts and sciences, including depth of at least ten courses in one liberal arts and science major or area of concentration. Students missing a course prerequisite will need to complete any undergraduate or graduate level course in the subject(s) required, as outlined in the acceptance letter, within their first year at Bank Street.

Programs leading only to professional certification require that applicants have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification. Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program. More information about applying for reciprocity can be found here

Bank Street Graduate School of Education follows New York State Education Department regulations for program registration. In accordance with regulation 8 CRR-NY 52.21: Registration of Curricula in Teacher Education, applicants intending to begin a teacher preparation pro­gram or educational leadership program that leads to a New York State certification must sit for an entrance exam.

Applicants who are applying to any of our certification programs (with the exception of Child Life) have two options for tests:

  • GRE (institution code is 2035); or
  • MAT (institution code is 3197)

Scores should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions with the other components of your application. Please visit our Admissions Guide Chart to see if your program requires an entrance exam. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions with any questions.