Transcripts must be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions. A transcript is required from each college or university attended for academic credit, showing all courses, grades and degrees received (if any). Transcripts must be official. An official transcript is sent directly to Brooklyn College from your prior institutions either via mail or electronically. You may also hand-deliver in a sealed envelope, a transcript which your school has provided for you.
Applicants who completed academic credits at the City University of New York (CUNY) since 2003 are not required to send a transcript, since the Office of Graduate Admissions is able to obtain transcripts internally. However, transcripts are required for any course work completed at a CUNY college before 2003, and for any academic credit completed at other colleges and universities.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
International transcripts must be evaluated by a professional agency recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO). Evaluations must include course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average. This will help us understand your educational background and academic credentials. Allow plenty of time between the evaluation and the application deadline, especially if you are currently residing outside of the United States and require a student visa.
English Language Proficiency
If you received your baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree or master's (graduate) degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction, you must submit an official score from TOEFL or IELTS. To be considered official, scores must be sent directly from the testing administrator and have been taken within the past two years. We only accept TOEFL scores that are sent electronically by your test location. Our ETS Institution code is 2046. If submitting IELTS, ask them to send the scores electronically to Brooklyn College CUNY Graduate Admissions.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation for most programs. Note that some programs may require three letters of recommendation. Consult your program website for more information about the requirements. We strongly encourage applicants to submit letters of recommendation through our online application.
How to Submit Online
- Provide your recommenders' details, including current email addresses in the online application.
- Your recommenders will receive an e-mail from our office within 48 hours of your application submission.
- Your recommenders will be prompted to submit their recommendation through an online form.
- You cannot change a recommender once you have submitted your online application form.
- If your recommender does not receive the e-mail, please advise them to check their e-mail spam folder.
- Applicants cannot revoke a recommendation letter once it is in progress or submitted by the recommender.
How to Get a Good Letter of Recommendation
- The best letter writers are those that know you well and can provide an evaluation of your ability to perform and succeed at the graduate level. Choose someone who knows you well, who is a professor who has evaluated your academic work, or a professional with an advanced degree who has supervised you in a job or internship. Recommendations written by family members or friends are not appropriate.
- Contact the person and be prepared to articulate your interest and reasons for attending graduate school. Letters of recommendation are written strictly on a voluntary basis. The best approach is to ask potential letter writers if they are willing to write you a strong letter.
- You can help your letter writers write good letters by giving each of them a copy of your résumé and a draft of your personal statement. It can also be helpful to jog their memories about you, for example, remind them about a class paper you worked on or a project that you completed.
- Letters should include a description of: how long the recommender has known the candidate and in what capacity; a candidate's knowledge of the program and subject matter; specific accomplishments and projects; how the candidate compares to others in the field, and relevant professional experience.
- Thank your recommender after they have submitted their recommendation.
Statement of Purpose
Most programs require a typewritten, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your intended program. This is your opportunity to inform us about your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to your intended academic study. Some programs additionally require essays or writing samples. For details, consult the program instructions.
A copy of your most recent résumé is required by some programs.
Portfolios and Manuscripts
A portfolio of creative materials (artwork, videos, or manuscript) is required by some programs. For details please consult the program instructions. Be advised that we limit the size of documents we print to 10 pages. If submitting a writing sample of more than 10 pages, it will need to be submitted in hardcopy form.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for a number of graduate programs. We only accept GRE scores that are sent electronically by your test location. Our Institution Code is 2046. Details are listed at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/programs/displayAdmissionsRequirementsReport.ctl
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required by the M.S. Accounting program. We only accept GMAT scores that are sent electronically by your test location. Our Institution Code is 2046.
What is the B.A.-M.D. program?
The B.A.-M.D. program is an eight-year combined bachelor's/M.D. program. Students in the program must complete four years of undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, followed by four years of medical studies at SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine.
Who is eligible to apply to the B.A.-M.D. program?
High school seniors currently attending high school in New York State only and are either permanent residents or U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. High school graduates are not eligible.
Can students transfer to the B.A.-M.D. program?
When do applications open? When does the application process close?
The online application opens on September 1 and closes on December 15.
Can paper applications be submitted?
Can a student apply to other Honors Academy programs at Brooklyn College, in addition to the B.A.-M.D. program?
Yes. Students can also apply to Macaulay Honors College and the Scholars Program. Students are permitted to be members of both Macaulay Honors College and the B.A.-M.D. program, or the Scholars and the B.A.-M.D. programs.
How many applicants are there each year for the B.A.-M.D. program?
There are usually between 250 and 300 applicants.
How many applicants are invited for an interview?
How many applicants are accepted each year?
What criteria are used to judge B.A.-M.D. applicants?
The program is seeking academically strong students who have a wide range of interests. Academic strength criteria include SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, AP courses completed or in progress, Regents scores, etc. Breadth of interests is captured by a well-organized résumé.
Is the B.A.-M.D. program a scholarship program?
Yes. B.A.-M.D. students receive up to $4,000 each year. If a student in the B.A.-M.D. program is also a member of the Macaulay Honors College, that student will receive a full-tuition scholarship.
Are B.A.-M.D. students guaranteed a seat in SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine?
B.A.-M.D. students are required to maintain a 3.50 overall GPA and a 3.50 science GPA. In addition, students must take the MCAT for the first time during the summer following the junior year and must achieve a score on each section and a total score that meets the minimum requirements set by the College of Medicine. If a B.A.-M.D. student cannot maintain a 3.50 overall GPA or science GPA or cannot achieve the minimum scores on the MCAT after three attempts, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Do B.A.-M.D. students attend classes together?
Not necessarily. Each student has a unique program and may or may not be in class with other B.A.-M.D. students. Even though the science courses taken by each B.A.-M.D. student in the freshman year are the same, a particular student may be in a problem-solving session (recitation) or lab that does not contain any other B.A.-M.D. freshmen. In later years, the programs of B.A.-M.D. students diverge even further, because each student has chosen a specific major that may differ from that of the other members of his or her class. In addition, general education courses can be taken in any order, so, again, the programs of members of a particular B.A.-M.D. class may differ.