Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Arts in Health Advocacy Program

Contact

Director of Graduate Admissions

E-mail Emanuel

914.395.2371

Students may apply for January or May entry to the Master of Arts in Health Advocacy Program. Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to the Health Advocacy Program.

The application deadline for January entry is November 1.

The application deadline for May entry is April 1.

Apply to the Health Advocacy graduate program online»

If you are interested in the Sarah Lawrence College/NYU dual degree program, you must apply separately to each school. The dual degree is only offered for the May Health Advocacy program start date. Visit the NYU Silver School of Social Work for information about applying to the MSW program.

Please note: All application materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Technical Requirements

Students pursing the MA in Health Advocacy Program in the low-residency format will complete a portion of the coursework in an online format utilizing an online learning management system (LMS). Students should be digitally fluent, and be proficient in utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Digital fluency includes the ability to utilize the internet, to upload and download a variety of file types (PDF, video, images, and documents), to utilize search terms for online research, and to participate in online meetings utilizing audio, video, and chat features.

System requirements:

Screen Size

The LMS is best viewed at a minimum of 800x600, which is the average size of a notebook computer.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  • Linux—chromeOS
Mobile Operating System Native App Support
  • iOS 7 and newer
  • Android 4.2 and newer
Computer Speed and Processor
  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor
Internet Speed

Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.

  • Minimum of 512kbps
Screen Readers
  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)

There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome.

Application Process

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available. 

Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Attn: Health Advocacy Program
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. You may send them to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery, but we also accept unofficial transcripts via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application, or via mail to:

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

If an applicant is accepted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Interview

Interviews are arranged by invitation and can be completed in person or remotely through a telephone or video conference application.

Recommendations

Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort and the applicant’s ability to work effectively in professional settings.

We welcome letters from employers, academic faculty, or others who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Writing Responses

Please include the following responses with your application:

Health Advocacy Statement of Purpose (500-750 words)
Describe why you wish to pursue graduate work in health advocacy at this time, your eventual professional and career goals and how your choice of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College can help you attain these goals. Include your current research interests or problems that you wish to address, the populations that are affected, and how you came to identify these areas of focus. Describe the type of work you wish to do and how your personal and professional experiences have positioned you to successfully pursue your academic work at this time.

Autobiography (word limit: 1,500)
The Health Advocacy Program wants to understand you as a person including life events relevant to health advocacy, the development of your character, social conscious, work ethic and perspectives, resourcefulness, flexibility, and aptitude for planning or organizing. Information about your family, socioeconomic status, and educational disadvantages and advantages can be included as well.

Writing Sample
Please submit a copy of graded undergraduate/graduate academic writing or professional writing, work product, or artifact.

TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information: www.ets.org/toefl.