Direct Entry for Stockton Students

Stockton offers "direct entry" into one of the graduate programs listed for a limited period of time upon the recommendation of the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator. Stockton students who meet the requirements below as well as Stockton students enrolled in a dual degree program will not need to complete a traditional graduate application for admission to a graduate degree program and the Office of Graduate Studies will also waive the graduate application fee. Students must apply to graduate and submit an essay and a resume in the Discover Online Application.

The timeframe to complete the electronic Direct Entry Request is limited to one year of your graduation date. If you miss the deadline and want to apply to the graduate school, you must proceed through the traditional Graduate School Application Process.

Application Deadlines

While graduate admissions selection committees review applications until the start of the semester, by applying prior to the Priority Deadline, you can ensure that your transition to Stockton is as smooth as possible: you will be invited to the New Student Orientation Event, and have access to priority registration which means you may have more options for monthly installments of a payment plan, as well as greater options for class selection.

Priority Deadlines:

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1

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All direct entry students must attend the Graduate Student Orientation and Precepting Event which is required for registration. This mandatory event occurs prior to the start of the term in which you request direct entry. Please review the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Graduate Program

Stockton Undergraduate/Graduate Program

Direct Entry Eligibility Requirements

M.A. American Studies


Cumulative GPA 3.2 or higher, Program GPA of 3.4 or higher, writing sample 10-15 pages, and a 500 words or less essay answering the following question: What in your previous/professional/academic experiences has prepared you to pursue a graduate degree in American Studies? How will this degree help you to attain your personal and/or professional goals?

Business Administration (MBA)

Business Studies or Hospitality & Tourism Management

Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, AND successful completion of the following prerequisites (C or higher): Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Operations Management, Introduction to Financial Management, Marketing Principles, Quantitative Methods, Introduction to Management, Statistics, Business Law, Macro/Microeconomics.

M.A. Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice or Psychology. All other majors by permission of Graduate Coordinator

Cumulative GPA 3.3 or higher; plus completion of undergraduate prerequisites: CRIM 1100 (C or higher), CRIM 2141 and CRIM 2145 or PSYC equivalent (B or higher on the 1st attempt). For Forensic Psychology track applicants, the above requirements, plus PSYC 1100 (C or higher). Students who have already attempted a graduate course and withdrew or received a grade of B- or below in any of them are not eligible for direct entry. 

In 500 words or less, please identify and describe the most important social justice issue you see facing the criminal justice system today.  Essays should be submitted in a MS Word document or PDF document via email to Dr. Deeanna Button at

M.S. in Data Science & Strategic Analytics

A degree from one of the following academic schools: Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Health Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences, or Business

Cumulative GPA 3.2 or higher, Program GPA of 3.4 or higher, and a 500 words or less essay explaining how your previous/professional/academic experiences has prepared you to pursue a graduate degree in data science; focus particularly on your computing experience and explain how you will ensure your computing experience is adequate for starting the degree. 

M.A. Education & Educational-Related Programs

Teacher Education or recent completers of a Stockton education-related graduate program

Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and Praxis II and any other state-mandated certification exams must be taken, passed, and filed with the School of Education prior to applying to graduate coursework.

M.A. Holocaust & Genocide Studies
(offered either online or face to face)

Must have earned a Bachelor of Arts degree or successfully completed the Genocide Prevention Certificate of Graduate Study

Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and a minimum of 3.4 GPA in at least three undergraduate Holocaust & Genocide Studies Courses.

M.A. Instructional Technology (Online Only)


Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

PSM Environmental Science

Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Marine Science, or Physics

Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, and basic knowledge of chemistry, GIS, hydrology, earth sciences and physics.



Master of Science in Nursing or recent completers of a Post-Master's Nursing Certificate of Graduate Study

Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

 Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner

 Master of Science in Nursing

Must have successfully completed Stockton's Master of Science in Nursing program.

 Training & Development Certificate of Graduate Study(Online Only)


Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.