"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
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.
SIT Graduate Admissions strives to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.
The latest group of students in Vermont is made up of about 30% international students. Students have an average of four years of intercultural experience as well as four years of professional experience. 32% of students have studied abroad before applying to SIT, 12% served in the Peace Corps, and 10% served in Americorps. Of the 65% of students who chose to share their racial identity, 10% identify as black or African American, 5% identify as Hispanic American, and 5% identify as Asian American.
The Washington, DC Center is made up of about 40% international students. Students have an average of two years of intercultural experience as well as five years of professional experience. 50% of students have studied abroad before applying to SIT, 20% served in the Peace Corps, and 6% served in Americorps. Of the 50% of students who chose to share their racial identity, 13% identify as black or African American, 10% identify as Hispanic American, and 5% identify as Asian American.
To be considered for admission to any master’s or certificate program, an applicant must have the following:
SIT does not require applicants to take the GRE exam.
English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is 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.)
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.
Online 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:
To help you get started, here are the required elements of a complete application:
If you are applying to one of our low-residency master’s degree or certificate programs, please also respond to these two additional questions:
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), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English)..
SIT does not require applicants to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
Financial Aid Deadline
I-20 Deadline for Student Visas
|Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation||November 16, 2015||Priority deadline is November 23, 2015, and rolling thereafter. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.||Contact Admissions for details.|
|Full-Time Degree Programs in Vermont and Washington, DC||February 24, 2016 for programs beginning in 2016. SIT is still accepting applications for 2015 programs. Contact Admissions for details.||Priority deadline is March 1, 2016, and rolling thereafter. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.||July 15, 2016|
|Online MA in International Education and MA in TESOL||February 24, 2016. Contact Admissions for details.||Priority deadline is March 1, 2016, and rolling thereafter. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.||April 15, 2016 for International Education, and May 15, 2016 for TESOL|
|Certificate in Inclusive Security||March 16, 2016||Priority deadline is March 21, 2016, and rolling thereafter. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.||Contact Admissions for details.|
|Certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship||November 14, 2016||Priority deadline is November 21, 2016, and rolling thereafter. Students must submit their enrollment deposit within 2 weeks of financial aid award notification.||Contact Admissions for details.|
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.
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.
Requests for information by students about the university should be directed to Yvonne Duffus at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or financial aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 participants of Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, City Year, JET Program, and other organizations 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
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management
SIT Graduate Institute and The Experiment in International Living
Graduate Admissions Fellow and International Specialist
Graduate Admissions Officer and Marketing Specialist
Nkenge currently serves as the coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Student Affairs at SIT Graduate Institute’s Washington, DC Center. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a BA in English and the University of Oklahoma with an MA in international/human relations.