Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07043
(973) 655-4444
Accrediting Agency:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Montclair State University is a public research university in New Jersey. The school was founded as the New Jersey State Normal School at Montclair in 1908. Since its founding, the university has become the second largest school offering more than 300 majors, minors, concentrations, and certification programs to students. Every year more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. The university has been listed as a “Best Buy College in the Northeast” and is recognized as a “Top Gap Closer” for increasing the graduation rates of minority students.

Programs Offered

Montclair State University offers two online programs. Students can earn a Master of Arts in either Child Advocacy and Policy or Educational Leadership. Each program allows students to take one class at a time and classes typically last 7« weeks. Through the course layout, students are usually able to finish their degree in two years or less. The goal of the online programs at MSU is to provide students an advanced degree while they balance their work and family obligations. Montclair State University provides all students an online assessment to decide if online learning is right for them. Currently, the online programs are only available to students that live in New Jersey, New York, Georgia, Texas, Idaho, and Utah.


Montclair State University has held accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1937.


Graduate admissions requirements at Montclair State University depend on the program. Most programs do not have an application deadline; however students are always advised to apply early. Admissions staff may take four to six weeks to reach a decision. Students who wish to enter into the child advocacy and policy master’s program need to submit their undergraduate transcripts and GRE test scores. In addition, students are expected to submit an essay along with two letters of recommendation. Admission requirements for the educational leadership master’s program are similar. In addition to the requirements of the child advocacy program, the educational leadership program expects its students to hold a teaching certification and will accept the Miller Analogies Test instead of the GRE.

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