Applying to GCNYC

Application Process for GCNYC’s Master’s Programs

At Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC), we offer specialized master’s degrees focused on social impact and sustainability while fostering industry-wide change through applied research. Our learning experience allows concepts to be felt as well as understood, where the importance of social impact isn’t just talked about but lived out, where students aren’t just personally transformed but become transformative in their workplaces.

Within our walls, our communities, and our cities, we are empowering movers, shakers, dreamers and difference makers, leading alongside each other to arrive at powerful, sustainable change.

Applying to GCNYC is the first step to pursuing your passion for social impact and sustainability for the Common Good and transforming your career. 

Our application process is the same for in-person and online modalities.


At GCNYC, we believe that a college education is an investment for a brighter future. Our institutional commitment to furthering our ‘For the Common Good’ mission and our equally strong desire to build a diverse academic community made of passionate students means that GCNYC makes every reasonable attempt to help qualified students.

Students receiving a scholarship from GCNYC must be enrolled in at least two courses per term and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

All students are considered for the following scholarships:

Common Good Scholarships

We are proud to offer merit-based Common Good scholarships up to $10,000.


Master of Science Degree Admission Requirements

The Admissions Team at Glasgow Caledonian New York College holistically reviews all applications. The following criteria will help you understand our admissions process and the types of information you are required to submit.

U.S. Bachelor’s Degree or International Equivalent
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All master’s programs require a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent. If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, the Admissions Team requires you to submit a course by course evaluation of post-secondary credentials from a NACES-approved agency, demonstrating U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency.

Understand the Importance of GCNYC’s Core Values
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GCNYC’s community embodies key core values consisting of integrity, responsibility, creativity, and confidence.

English Language Proficiency
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All master’s programs require a solid grasp of the English language, both written and spoken. Applicants who did not complete a degree at an institution where the medium of instruction is English are required to submit IELTS or equivalent scores for the Admissions Team to review.

Minimum score requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 (no single element below 5.5)

TOEFL: 85 (school code: C614)

PTE: 59 (school code: 67L)

Duolingo: 95 – 100

The Admissions Team accepts test scores taken within the past two years. If scores are older, the test must be retaken.

Embody the Common Good Mission
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As New York City’s College for the Common Good, GCNYC educates graduate students to be successful, compassionate leaders in sustainability and social impact. Guided by knowledgeable and experienced faculty, students learn to re-imagine business within the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, balancing profitability with the well-being of communities and the planet.

GCNYC Master’s Degree Application Requirements

Please collect all the relevant application materials below before beginning the online application. To be considered for admission to GCNYC, students must submit the following:

Online Application
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Click the link above to start the application process. Note: there is no application fee.

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Submit an up-to-date résumé or curricular vitae for the Admissions Team to review.

Post-Secondary Institution Transcripts
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Glasgow Caledonian New York College requires all post-secondary school transcripts for admission. Unofficial transcripts are allowed for application review but official transcripts must be submitted upon admittance into a Master’s program. If your degree is from an institution outside the United States, the Admissions Team requires you to submit a course by course evaluation of post-secondary credentials from a NACES-approved agency, demonstrating U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency. Official, translated and evaluated transcripts must be sent electronically, via courier, or brought in person upon arrival to the College.

Statement of Purpose
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maximum 750 word statement focusing on:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program;
  • At least two of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and how you plan on moving these goals forward in your professional and personal life; and
  • An area of interest you would like to further explore within the social impact and/or sustainability field.

Letters of Recommendation (OPTIONAL)
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Letters of recommendation are optional!

If you would like to include letters, please enter your recommender’s contact details in the recommendation section of the online application. They will receive an email with instructions and next steps.

Additional Requirements for International Students can be found on the International Student page.

GCNYC Application Deadlines

The Admissions Team encourages all prospective students to submit their application as early as possible to ensure a timely review process before each program reaches capacity. International students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the priority deadline to ensure ample time for the visa process and to secure accommodations.

Application decisions are delivered electronically through the application portal on a rolling basis, roughly 24 to 48 hours after an application is submitted with all materials.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

GCNYC will continue to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster for all new students pursuing their degree in person.

While we are strongly encouraging all eligible students to receive their approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster in their home state or country prior to arrival, we will work closely with those individuals who are unable to do so and facilitate vaccination in New York prior to the start of classes.

GCNYC Application Policies 

Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents consistent with admission instructions may result in denial or cancellation of admission to Glasgow Caledonian New York College. Applicants may be required to assist the Admissions Team in the verification of all documents submitted as part of the application review process.

All admissions decisions are final. The Admissions Team reviews each application holistically and thoroughly.

Glasgow Caledonian New York College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, arrest record, veteran or marital status in its education programs or activities, including admissions.

Apply to GCNYC

Our Master of Science degrees aim to further your sustainability and social impact career through flexible, rigorous coursework promoting the Common Good. 

Apply to GCNYC today! Submit your application for a master’s program at Glasgow Caledonian New York College.