Montclair State University

4 Year Public University

Contact Information

Nadia Sheikh
Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: + 1 973 655 5165

Amy Aiello
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions
Phone: + 1 973 655 5147


Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions
Fall Semester – March 1
Spring Semester – October 1


1 Normal Avenue,
Montclair, NJ 07043


Founded in 1908, Montclair State University is a comprehensive four-year public university that offers all the advantages of a large university: a wide range of excellent degree programs, a diverse faculty and student body combined with attention to the individual student. The University offers almost 300 programs of study through six colleges and schools. MSU is located in the town of Montclair, just 22 kilometers (14 miles) west of New York City. This close proximity gives students the opportunity to take advantage of the rich cultural and social environment of New York City while living on a beautiful 101 hectare (250 acres) campus with excellent academic and recreational facilities.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Music (BMUS), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd) , Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Philosophy (PHD), Doctor of Science (ScD)

Student Demographics

Total Students: 19,000
Faculty: Total 1,275
Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Male: 38%, Female: 62%. White: 57%, Hispanic: 21%, African American: 10%, Asian: 6%, International: 6%. More than 90 countries represented.

ESL Program and Support Services

Montclair State University’s non-credit English as a second language (ESL) program offers English instruction and practice for non-native speakers at all levels of language proficiency. Students may enroll in day or evening classes to accommodate their family and work schedules. Proper class placement is essential for effective learning. Therefore, each new student is assessed individually for English language proficiency and then interviewed by a faculty member who recommends the most appropriate course of study. This is not a credit bearing ESL program for academic purposes. MSU is expected to have such a program in Spring 2015. Until it is credit-bearing, MSU cannot issue an I-20 for this program.

Student Housing Options

Montclair State has eight residential facilities accommodating a variety of lifestyles. The facilities include traditional double rooms and suite-style arrangements as well as apartment communities. The Global Living Community is a unique apartment-style residential community where international and American students reside and enjoy social and cultural programs and excursions. Year-round on-campus housing is available for students who want to remain on campus throughout the holiday periods.

Admission Requirements for First Year (Freshman) Undergraduate Applicant

Completion of the equivalent of high school or 12 years of schooling from your home country
Completed online application at
Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be submitted to Montclair State University. Montclair State University’s institutional code for test reporting is 2520. Minimum undergraduate scores are:

  • TOEFL Computerized test minimum score: 213
  • TOEFL iBT (internet) test minimum score: 80
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5

More information can be found at or
Freshman (1st year) applicants must arrange to have their foreign secondary school credentials evaluated and sent to Montclair State University. The evaluation must come from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations, please visit
For more general information on undergraduate admissions please

Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Transfer Applicants

For more information on undergraduate transfer admissions, please visit:

Admission Requirements for Graduate Applicants

To apply as a graduate international student, applicants should follow the steps listed below:
Completed online application at
Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores must be submitted to Montclair State University. Montclair State University’s institutional code for test reporting is 2520. Minimum acceptable scores for Master’s programs are:

  • TOEFL Computerized test minimum score accepted: 213
  • TOEFL iBT (internet) test minimum score: 80
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5

More information can be found at or
Course by course evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). For a listing of NACES member organizations and their contact information, please visit
Graduate admissions exams required by the program to which you are applying. All required test scores must be submitted to The Graduate School. You may qualify for a standardized test waiver. The scores must be submitted to the Graduate School.
GMAT exam (required for School of Business programs) Montclair State University’s institutional code for test reporting is 1T2-NK-86
GRE exam (required for all other majors). Montclair State University’s institutional code for test reporting is 2520
The scores must be submitted to The Graduate School
For further information about the graduate application procedure, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions and Support Services at:

Visa Categories Offered

Montclair State provides complete visa application assistance and instructions. Most International students enter the United States on the F-1 Student Visa which is the appropriate visa type for full time matriculated students. Montclair State also admits students on the J1 exchange student visa for short-term programs of study. There are also other visa types that are allowed to study in the United States. If you have another visa and wish to know whether you can study full-time or part-time with that type of visa, contact International Services at
In order to apply for and be granted the F-1 student visa status, international students must obtain the I-20 Certificate of Financial Eligibility Form from the International Services office. In order to obtain the I-20 Form, a student must show that they have sufficient financial support to cover expenses for the cost of their studies and living expenses. For further visa information, please

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance

Average tuition/fees for the academic year $20,000
Average room and board $14,000
Average books and supplies $3,000
Total average estimated cost $37,000
Note: Tuition and fees for Master’s and Doctoral program varies. See the I-20 Application form for more information. Figures shown above are the estimated minimum cost of attendance for 9 months (one academic year) and are subject to increase without notice.

Types of Financial Assistance

Student Activities and Campus Life

  • Montclair State University gives its students an educational and social experience unlike any other. When you visit our campus, you’ll feel an energy that keeps our students excited and motivated both inside and outside of the classroom. Based on the wide array of events and on-campus resources, including our world-class performance theater, art galleries, cultural activities, cyber cafe, athletic events, new recreation center and diner, our students always have an abundance of options right at their fingertips.
  • The International Services Office is responsible for providing a range of services, programs, and advising that supports the well-being and success of international students, scholars, and faculty at Montclair State University. Our services include assistance for new international students, social programs, cultural adjustment programs and excursions, immigration advising and documentation, the Global Living Community (GLC), Community.
  • Academic Support Services are provided to all students: The Harry A. Sprague Library, The Center for Advising and Student Transition, The Center for Writing Excellence, Red Hawk Math Learning Center, Tutorial Services, Learning Competencies Workshops, language labs, computer labs, and more. To help keep on track with degree and program requirements, each student is assigned an academic advisor. Many students meet with an advisor regularly throughout the duration of study.
  • The Center for Student Involvement’s goal is to provide clubs, organizations, activities and events to meet the needs of all of our students. Some of what you can look forward to on campus as a Montclair State student are intramural sports, Student Government Association, cultural organizations, religious organizations, service- and volunteer-based organizations, student retreats and fraternities and sororities.
  • The Department of Athletics produces exceptional teams and student sports events each season. With over 400 student athletes, Montclair has one of the best athletic training programs in the state. Montclair State offers 17 sports for men and women, and most compete in the highly regarded New Jersey Athletic Conference. The University offers soccer, baseball, basketball, field hockey, American football, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, softball, swimming and volleyball.
  • For Arts and Culture, MSU’s six professionally equipped performance spaces, headlined by the state-of-the-art, 500-seat Alexander Kasser Theater draws audiences from around the region, including New York City. Concerts and performances feature students as well as internationally renowned professionals like the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and The Shanghai Quartet. Exhibition spaces, led by the George Segal Art Gallery, showcase works by MSU students, faculty and other local, regional, national and international artists of distinction.
  • The University Health Center (UHC) offers a variety of healthcare services for Montclair State University. Our primary role is to provide comprehensive healthcare for students and health related information to the University community.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers individual and group counseling to students, as well as a variety of educational and consultative services designed to promote wellness in the campus community.
  • The University Police Department is fully certified and operational law enforcement agency that serves New Jersey’s second largest and fastest growing university. The MSU PD is charged with the enforcement of all state and local laws, as well as university rules and regulations and responsible for the implementation of programs and services designed to promote public safety, crime prevention and community awareness.