Graduate Admission FAQs
How do I apply to a Graduate Program?
Students must submit an Application for Graduate Admission, including a $50 non-refundable application fee.
International students: Please visit our International Admission web site to learn more about our requirements for international students.
What are the application due dates?
- Graduate Business programs: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for summer.
- Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling programs (except the Ed.S. in School Psychology, M.A. in Counseling Services and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling): August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for summer.
- Admission to the M.A. in Counseling Services and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling occurs during the fall and spring semesters. Applications must be received by February 1 for fall and October 1 for spring for optimal consideration.
- Admission to the Ed.S. in School Psychology occurs only for the fall semester. Applications must be received by February 15 for optimal consideration.
- MA in Business Communication: August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, May 1 for summer.
- Admission to the M.A. in Applied Psychology occurs in summer and fall semesters. Applications must be received by February 1 for summer and April 1 for fall.
International students: Please visit our International Admission web site to learn more about our deadlines and requirements for international students. Note: deadlines are significantly earlier.
How can I receive more information about graduate entrance exams?
Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®)
General Record Examinations® (GRE®)
Miller Analogies Test® (MAT®)
What is the cost to attend Rider University? Does Rider offer financial assistance?
If you are a US citizen/resident and you are planning to apply for a student loan, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is located on-line and can be accessed at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
Questions about financial aid may be directed to the Office of Office of Financial Aid at 800-257-9026 or 609-896-5360.
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for graduate students.
Students may subscribe to the deferred payment plan that provides for three equal payments of tuition for the fall and spring semesters. A deferred payment fee is added to the student’s account payable at the time of registration for the deferred payment plan. Information about account balances and payment options may be directed to the Bursar’s office at 609-896-5020.
How long can I take to complete my degree?
All of the requirements for graduate degrees must be completed within six (6) years of the date of first registration in graduate course work.
How many credits can I take as a graduate student?
A full-time program consists of nine (9) or more semester hours of graduate course work. Part-time students who are employed full-time will generally be limited to six semester hours of graduate work in a given semester. During the evening summer session, the recommended course load is one-half that of a regular semester. During the six-week day summer session for courses offered by the Department of Graduate Education Leadership and Counseling, nine (9) semester hours of work is the maximum load with six (6) semester hours recommended.