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Admissions

"I am constantly impressed by the efficient and timely manner with which my questions are answered by all SIT staff and faculty. It makes me feel very confident in your programs."

—Loren Lee Chiesi

Thanks for your interest in SIT Graduate Institute!

This page includes information about admissions criteria, deadlines, financial aid, and international student visas. Please keep in mind that full-time on-campus programs begin in the fall, and online/low-residency programs begin in the summer.

Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly personalized application experience. We are committed to assisting applicants throughout the application process, from initial inquiry to program enrollment.

Campus Fall

  • Applications: The deadline for 2015 programs is February 24, 2015. The priority financial aid deadline is March 1, 2015. SIT may still accept applications for 2014 programs. Contact Admissions at admissions@sit.edu for details.
  • Financial Aid: Students must submit their enrollment deposit within two weeks of financial aid award notification.
  • I-20 Deadlines for Student Visas: July 15, 2014 for programs beginning in the fall of 2014. For 2015 programs, the deadlines are April 15, 2015 for International Education Low Residency; May 15, 2015 for TESOL Low Residency; and July 15, 2015 for fall programs.

To be considered for admission to any master’s or certificate program, an applicant must have the following:

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

SIT does not require applicants to take the GRE exam.

English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS  practice tests online.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
  • For the new Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT), SIT's operational standard for admission for applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English is a minimum total score of 79. This includes section scores of at least 24 on the writing section and 23 on the speaking section. These section scores should be considered guidelines for recommended minimum scores on the new TOEFL exam.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 6.0 or higher.
  • Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

Low-Residency Programs

Applicants to SIT’s low-residency programs must be currently working in their field of study and must have experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning.  

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

More specific admissions requirements for each program can be found on each degree page:

Application Checklist
To help you get started, here are the required elements of a complete application:

  • A completed online application form.
  • A $50 (US) application fee. Applicants who were referred by an SIT alumna may submit an Alumni Referral Voucher in place of the application fee.
  • A 1,000 to 1,500 word essay, typed in English, answering all essay questions.
  • A professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities (including directly enrolled study abroad programs). A transcript must include the following information:
    1. Your name
    2. The institution's name
    3. The dates you attended the institution
    4. The titles of the specific courses or subjects in which you were enrolled
    5. The number of hours of instruction or other learning involved in each course or subject
    6. The grade, mark, or other evaluation you received for each course or subject
    7. Any degree, diploma, certificate, or other qualifications awarded for completion of studies. To be considered official, the transcript must contain the institution's stamp or other certification that clearly indicates authenticity. In cases where the transcript is not in English, an original certified translation must accompany the official document.
  • Three (3) letters of reference sent directly to SIT from the reference writers.

Verification of English language ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not attend an undergraduate institution at which the language of instruction was English must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

SIT does not require applicants to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).

Term

Application Deadline

Financial Aid Deadline

I-20 Deadline for Student Visas

Fall 2014

SIT may still accept applications for 2014 programs. Contact Admissions for details

Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.

July 15, 2014

Summer/Low Residency 2015

February 24, 2015

Priority deadline is March 1, 2015. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.

April 15, 2015 for International Education Low Residency, and May 15, 2015 for TESOL Low Residency
 

Fall 2015

February 24, 2015

Priority deadline is March 1, 2015. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.

July 15, 2015

Admissions Decisions
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will be sent initially via email; an official paper copy will also be sent by mail.

Submitting Your Deposit: US Citizens and Permanent Residents
To secure your place in the incoming class, you must complete and return the Enrollment Form with your $400 non-refundable deposit payment within two weeks of your financial award notification.

Students not applying for/receiving financial aid:  Please deposit within two weeks of receiving your admissions decision.

Submitting Your Deposit: International Students
Because international students must pay their first semester tuition and fees as part of their student visa process, SIT does not require the $400 deposit payment for international students. International students should review the information concerning student visas and focus their efforts on completing the necessary steps to obtain their I-20 and student visa, as outlined in the deadline section above.

Financial Aid 
Visit the Financial Aid section for detailed instructions on how to apply for financial aid. Financial Aid decisions are made on a rolling basis after your application for admission has been submitted.

A note about SIT’s application process
Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an Open House, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

Availability of Employees for Information Dissemination Purposes

Requests for information by students about the university should be directed to Yvonne Duffus at yvonne.duffus@sit.edu, Assistant to the Provost, 802 258-3266. Other employees, such as admissions officers and financial aid staff, may also provide information regarding their specific areas of responsibility. If a student needs a paper copy of any of the information they can contact the office of admissions at admissions@sit.edu or financial aid at finaid@sit.edu.

SIT Graduate Institute is committed to helping students from all socioeconomic backgrounds follow their passion and realize their potential through an SIT master’s degree.

As part of SIT’s commitment to student success, we provide nearly 90 percent of our students with scholarships and grants from SIT funds – more than $1.3 million dollars each year.

US students and permanent residents may apply for federal student loans, and international applicants are eligible for specially designated financial aid funds administrated by SIT.

Please visit the Financial Aid section of the website for complete information on financial aid options and services, including specific information on:

Past Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, and Greenpeace volunteers, and Oxfam employees may be eligible for tuition benefits through SIT partnership programs.

SIT’s Financial Aid Office provides guidance on all aspects of funding your degree throughout the application process and during your degree program. We are dedicated to providing financial aid to as many students as possible and to ensuring our students have the information they need to successfully access funding for their graduate education.

If you have questions about financial aid, please contact:

SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel: 802 258-3281
Tel: 800 336-1616 (toll-free in US)
Fax: 802 258-3500
Email: finaid@sit.edu

Jennifer Core
Jennifer Core

Graduate Admissions Officer
802 258-3506
jennifer.core@sit.edu

Kim DeRego
Kim DeRego

Associate Dean for Enrollment Management
SIT Graduate Institute and The Experiment in International Living
802 258-3324
kim.derego@sit.edu

Abe Gates
Abe Gates

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
802 258-3321
abe.gates@sit.edu

Joan Perreault
Joan Perreault

Graduate Admissions Officer and Marketing Specialist
802 258-3491
joan.perreault@sit.edu

Mary Kay Sigda
Mary Kay Sigda

Graduate Admissions Officer and Adjunct Faculty
802 258-3103
marykay.sigda@sit.edu

Sharon Swartz
Sharon Swartz

Graduate Admissions Assistant
802 258-3525
sharon.swartz@sit.edu

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