Deadline Reminder!

Don’t forget that the application deadline for the Counseling (Mental Health & School) and the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) programs for the Fall is April 15th!  

The application requirements for the Counseling Programs, both Mental Health and School Counseling include:

  • A completed Saint Rose graduate school application
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0

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  • A current resumè demonstrating work and volunteer experience in the field
  • A personal essay discussing objectives and motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, an understanding of the preferred concentration, and a discussion of how this degree will meet the applicant’s professional development plans.
  • Attendance at an  admissions workshop
  • At least two letters of recommendation: one that addresses the individual’s character and potential to be a counselor, and one
    that addresses the individual’s scholarship/academic ability (and is written by a professional qualified to make that assessment).
  • Completion of nine hours of psychology coursework taken no more than five years prior to admission to the master’s program in counseling.

Admissions requirements for the CSSA program include:

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  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree. (Minimum of 9 credits of Psychology beyond Introduction to Psychology; these classes may be completed after acceptance into the degree program).
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one which addresses character and your potential to work in the field of student services, and one that address your ability to complete graduate level work (written by a professional qualified to make this assessment).
  • Essay discussing your objectives and motivation for pursuing a degree in College Student Services Administration along with how the degree will meet your professional development plans.
  • Resume demonstrating work experience, volunteer experience and campus involvement.
  • Attendance at an Admissions Workshop.

For information on how to finance your education, contact the Office of Financial Aid. E-mail them at or call at (518) 454-5464. Don’t hesitate to schedule a meeting to explore your payment options.

If you have any questions about graduate school or the admissions process, please call Graduate Admissions at (518) 454-5143 or email

Graduate Student Services Orientation – January 10th

Graduate Admissions is offering a special program of workshops and tours for newly admitted graduate students to help them with final preparations for the Spring 2013 semester.

Join us on Thursday, January 10th from 3-6 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Event and Athletics Center (420 Western Avenue) for the Graduate Student Services Orientation. Before the hustle and bustle of classes, take this opportunity to:

  • Get your Saint Rose ID card.
  • Purchase parking permits. (You can preorder your parking pass here)
  • Take a campus tour (offered every ½ hour)
  • Buy books and supplies at the Campus Store
  • Visit the Student Solutions Center to make payment arrangements and confirm your schedule

The Graduate Admissions team will be on hand to answer any of your last-minute questions.  Representatives from the following offices will also be on hand to offer presentations and tours during the event:

Please stop by any time between 3 and 6 p.m. on January 10th. It is a drop-in event, so you are welcome to stay for as much or as little of the program as you will find helpful. Whether you just want to pick up a textbook or participate in the full schedule of presentations and tours, we encourage you to take part.

Students who have already been accepted to the college should receive a postcard about the event in the mail and students who have yet to be accepted, will receive information about the event in their admissions packet.

To RSVP, please call Graduate Admissions at (518) 454-5143 or email We hope to see you on the 10th!

Graduate Open House – January 8th

Attend the upcoming Open House on Tuesday, January 8th to learn about the graduate programs that Saint Rose has to offer. Counselors and College representatives will be available throughout the event to answer questions regarding our programs, financial aid, and explain the application process.

The Open House consists of a short presentation, Q&A session, and the chance to meet one-one-one with a Graduate Admissions staff member who will help answer any questions you may have about the program, the staff, or the area.

Open House begins at 6:30pm in the Carondelet Symposium on the third floor of the Lally School of Education.

This is a general Open House, meaning that it is open to all prospective students, bearing in mind that students interested in applying to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program may prefer to attend our specialized CSD open house that is scheduled for this Friday, January 4th.

Can’t make it on the 8th? The next Open House event is March 5th.

If you’re planning on attending the event, please RSVP. If you have any questions about the open house, please contact Graduate Admissions at (518) 454-5143 or

Meet Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, Chris Casey.

The Graduate Admission team is a valuable resource in the admissions process. Assistant Director, Chris Casey, helps prospective students through the application process, recruits students throughout the Northeast, and works with other faculty to create and improve new programs.

Casey, originally from Boston, graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in History, then continued on to earn a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Cortland. He also earned a certificate of advanced study in Program Evaluation at Saint Rose where he currently serves as an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions. When he is not in the office, Casey enjoys spending time with his wife and his one year old son (they also have daughter on the way). He also spends a lot of his time playing the piano as well as writing and recording music.

Tell us about your typical day as an Assistant Director. What are your responsibilities?

Chris Casey: My main responsibilities as an assistant director are to meet with students and answer phone calls and email inquiries. Beyond that, I manage the recruitment schedule, travel to on campus and off campus events, and manage applications for a number of programs. I also really enjoy working on research and evaluation projects, like analyzing application trends, and helping faculty develop new programs.

What do you enjoy the most in your role as Assistant Director?

CC: My favorite thing about my position is that it is not just one thing, over and over. I am constantly meeting new people and taking part in exciting projects.

What are some of the most common questions you receive from graduate students?

CC: The most common question about applying to graduate school relates to the cost of attendance. We call this the “value proposition.” We know that graduate school at Saint Rose is expensive, but I know that it is worth it. One of my responsibilities is to demonstrate this worth to potential students.

What advice do you have for students who are applying for graduate admission at Saint Rose?

CC: The best advice I could give to an applicant is to do the research about your program and career field. Our faculty wants to admit students who have clear goals in mind and who can convey this in their statement of purpose or interview. Why do you want to be a teacher, or speech pathologist, etc? You should determine this even before looking into graduate school.

If you have any questions about graduate school or the admissions process, please call Graduate Admissions at 518-454-5143 or email