Salem State offers more than 50 graduate programs. Application deadlines vary based upon the graduate program to which you are applying.

For the majority of our programs, applications are accepted on a rolling basis for spring, summer and fall enrollment and are reviewed once complete.

Some programs do not use rolling admissions for all semesters. Please refer to the application deadlines below:


English (MA, MAT, MA/MAT) February 1 for summer enrollment, May 10 for fall enrollment, October 1 for spring enrollment. Please note the MA English program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for fall.
Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning Accepts applications on rolling basis for fall enrollment only
Higher Education Student Affairs Rolling admissions for summer enrollment only (executive track) and rolling admissions for fall enrollment only (general track)
History (MA, MAT) February 1 for summer enrollment, June 1 for fall enrollment, October 1 for spring enrollment
MSW Advanced Standing Program November 16, 2016 for summer 2017 enrollment
MSW Program

January 17, 2016 for fall 2017 enrollment priority decision (2 year full time and 3 or 4 year extended time programs) February 14, 2016 for full time 2 year fall 2017 enrollment

MSW Saturday Program         October 3, 2016 for spring 2017 enrollment 
Nursing (MSN and certificate) November 1 for spring enrollment and July 1 for fall enrollment
Occupational Therapy Direct Entry Program February 1, 2017 for fall 2017 enrollment

 Helpful hints

  • Once you select a graduate program and a semester for which you are applying, work backward from the application deadline to ensure that you complete the application process in a timely fashion. For rolling admissions programs, we recommend you complete your application at least a month before the semester begins to ensure enough time to process your application.  
  • If you begin the application process but do not finish, then we will keep your materials on file for one year only.