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Charles Thomson, Jr., BA

Charles Thomson, Jr., BA
"My kids are very busy with sports. My wife is very busy with work, so it made it real easy for me..."
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Yolanda Soto, BA

Yolanda Soto, BA
"Just because I decided to take that leap of faith to finish my degree, all these doors opened up..."
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Corinne Rao, BSBA

Corinne Rao, BSBA
"It was a 24-year course overall, but I've succeeded and it is the most important thing. It shows my children that I can do it, it shows my self that I can do it..."
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James Hooper, BA

James Hooper, BA
"It seems like I have been going to school for 25 years. Thomas Edison was such a great thing for me because I was able to transfer so many credits..."
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Farzana Haider, BA

Farzana Haider, BA
"I feel I am more competent now and that I can show my children how valuable education is. I'm setting the example for them..."
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Herbert Coleman, BA

Herbert Coleman, BA
"I was amazed to see how many credits this college accepted... I had amassed quite a few over the years...It means the world to me..."
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Barbara Becker, AAS & BSBA

Barbara Becker, AAS & BSBA
"My experience as a student at the college was very fulfilling. It was a nontraditional way..."
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Robey Reed, BSAST

Robey Reed, BSAST
"I looked at a lot of schools when I was in the military, and from what I saw..."
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Maureen Hennessey, BA

Maureen Hennessey, BA
"I don't like leaving things unfinished... and I've gone back to college a number of times..."
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Tanvi Kothari, BA

Tanvi Kothari, BA
"Thomas Edison State College made getting a degree very convenient. Thomas Edison also offered..."
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Jim Harrington, BA

Jim Harrington, BA
"I never dreamed I would have my degree at this age. I thought it was something..."
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Helene Loeb, BSHS

Helene Loeb, BSHS
"Thomas Edison really prepared me to become a leader and interact as well as instruct and support the nurses that are out on the unit.."
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Holly Pitti, BSBA

Holly Pitti, BSBA
"I wanted to show my kids that education was important. I have five children and the flexibility..."
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Maryanne Spatola, BS

Maryanne Spatola, BS
"Finishing my degree was a tremendous leg up for me in terms of marketability..."
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James V. McGuire IV, BSHS

James V. McGuire IV, BSHS
"My father always told me he wanted me to go to college. My father never finished high school..."
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Kristina Romero, BA

Kristina Romero, BA
"...the best thing about Thomas Edison... your workload is whatever you want to make it..."
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Ashley Pistorio, BSAST

Ashley Pistorio, BSAST
"I wasn't really sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, but I knew I needed a degree to go anywhere...."
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Rolondo Gorostiza, BSAST

Rolondo Gorostiza, BSAST
"My experiences as a student were nothing short of wonderful..."
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Michael Mendes, MAEdL

Michael Mendes, MAEdL
"I can tell my expectations were exceeded. The school did so much for me. It helped me get where I am now..."
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Irving Cintron, AAS

Irving Cintron, AAS
"I have done everything online which to me was exceptional..."
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Dailys Cintron, AA

Dailys Cintron, AA
"Thomas Edison State College accepted more of my credits from my other university..."
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Adam Bernstein, BA

Adam Bernstein, BA
"I was able to complete my degree in about a year… It’s been a good experience..."
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Rachel Moore, MSHRM

Rachel Moore, MSHRM
"I work in New York and have a long commute so the ability to work on my classwork when I had the time provided a good work-life balance..."
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Pedro Amaro, BSAST

Pedro Amaro, BSAST
"I have a demanding job and a family… Thomas Edison allowed me to pick me courses and that was best way for me to finish a little faster than if I went to a more traditional school..."
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Tiffany Jenkins, BSHS

Tiffany Jenkins, BSHS
"The mentors were awesome. They were always available. It really defied my stereotype of what it would be like to go to school online..."
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Dean Clemente, BSOL

Dean Clemente, BSOL
"You come across a lot of different people geographically… that interaction added a great deal of value because I was able to obtain a different dimension and perspective from other professionals..."
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Brian Fogarty, BSAST

Brian Fogarty, BSAST
"When I looked at schools, Thomas Edison really had the edge over all the other schools, even looking at private schools near my home outside of Philadelphia..."
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Vietthi Nguyen, BSAST

Vietthi Nguyen, BSAST
"As a military member, I am busy serving our country, protecting our freedom and serving my family… TESC was the number one pick for me because it offers flexibility..."
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Fakera Nazneen, MSM

Fakera Nazneen, MSM
"I liked the flexibility it offered and that the whole school is supportive of your goal..."
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Winfried Dzandu-Hedidor, BA

Winfried Dzandu-Hedidor, BA
"Some of the courses I took included Intercultural Relationships… for an organization like the UN, that lesson of how to communicate with people of varied back-ground assisted me a lot..."
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Jessica Vaz, BA

Jessica Vaz, BA
"I loved the flexibility the school offered and that is what made me chose Thomas Edison..."
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Arthur J. Pellerin, BA

Arthur J. Pellerin, BA
"I wanted to progress and show my kids that anyone can do it and prove the point to my soldiers as well..."
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Karen Hatcher, BA

Karen Hatcher, BA
"The prior learning assessment option for me was really amazing..."
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Joshua A. Grimm, MSM

Joshua A. Grimm, MSM
"Without the degree I would have been passed over for the management position..."
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Lauren Centrella, BA

Lauren Centrella, BA
"I've always worked and gone to school part-time at other universities...and I wanted to finally finish up my degree..."
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Sudesh Joshi-Chhibbar, BSN

Sudesh Joshi-Chhibbar, BSN
"Online courses are very helpful for busy nurses because we don't have to leave our home..."
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Jason Didomenico, BA

Jason Didomenico, BA
"I liked the curriculum and I liked this school is regionally accredited versus nationally..."
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Barbara A. Hare, BSBA

Barbara A. Hare, BSBA
"I was determined to remove an obstacle to success by actually starting to complete my bachelor's degree..."
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Bill Benson, BSAST

Bill Benson, BSAST
"Once I talked with the people here at Thomas Edison, they guided my through the process..."
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Annevictoria Palumbo, BSHS

Annevictoria Palumbo, BSHS
"The online was nice because it was flexible it gave me the flexibility of doing it when it was convenient for me..."
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John Kurzenberger, BA

John Kurzenberger, BA
"Coming to Thomas Edison State College was the only way I could complete my degree..."
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Cheryl Jefferson, MSM

Cheryl Jefferson, MSM
"The experience developed my leadership skills much more than I already had..."
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Saher Malik, BA

Saher Malik, BA
"Thomas Edison was very flexible and the professors were very accommodating and very helpful..."
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Dexter Trotter, BA

Dexter Trotter, BA
"My inspiration for going back and finishing my degree was my daughter and my family..."
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Towanda Edwards, BA

Towanda Edwards, BA
"I didn't want to be one of those parents who says you must to go to college but hadn't done so..."
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Julio Hoyos, BSBA

Julio Hoyos, BSBA
"I wanted to show my kids that no matter what, you can do it..."
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Benjamin Vonderreith, BSAST

Benjamin Vonderreith, BSAST
"One of the reasons I went to Thomas Edison is that they accepted so much of my Navy training..."
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Angela Gibson, BSBA

Angela Gibson, BSBA
"In order to get back out into the workforce, I had to complete my degree..."
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Anne Rudolph, BA

Anne Rudolph, BA
"I finally found a profession I was interested in and I had to have a degree within that field, so that was what inspired me to comeback..."
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Joyce Serdinsky, BA

Joyce Serdinsky, BA
"I had to say no to certain things and yes to my books, and it was worth it 100 percent..."
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Jennifer Consuegra, BS

Jennifer Consuegra, BS
"I think what I liked best about it was that I could make my own schedule..."
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Joan Martins, BA

Joan Martins, BA
"My inspiration for returning to college to finish my degree was a personal one. I needed to finish something I started before I had a family..."
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Patricia Stevens, BSN

Patricia Stevens, BSN
"I finally had the opportunity after my children were grown to fulfill my dream..."
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Kyle Robertson, BSBA

Kyle Robertson, BSBA
"My target was to graduate before my first child and he just turned 13, so I made it with some spare time..."
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Michele DeNoia, MSM

Michele DeNoia, MSM
"It was a wonderful experience..."
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Tambra Butler, BA

Tambra Butler, BA
"It was a goal of mine ever since I graduating high school 20 years ago...for my parents, and my dad especially..."
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Keisha Patrick, BSBA

Keisha Patrick, BSBA
"Pretty much I wanted to get my bachelor's degree to pursue other opportunities and because I have two teenage boys so I wanted for them to see that this is possible..."
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Mia Keay, BSBA

Mia Keay, BSBA
"I always wanted to get my degree but I started working right after high school and a certain point I realized I would probably not be able to advance in my career unless I had a four-year degree..."
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Tina Smith-Jeffries, BA

Tina Smith-Jeffries, BA
"it was challenging at times... There were long nights, large cups of coffee but it paid off in the end..."
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Hazel Gordon-Suppa, BSN

Hazel Gordon-Suppa, BSN
"It's about getting the patient care possible; the more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to take care of the patients..."
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Daniel Palermo, BA

Daniel Palermo, BA
"I had to take the time for my children to go college, which they have successfully done, and I felt it was time with the military's assistance for me to return to school and accomplish my degree..."
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Victor Dent, BA

Victor Dent, BA
"It is very convenient taking classes online. You can do your studies over the weekend, at night or in the wee hours of the morning..."
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Graduate Academic Policies

Academic Probation
Candidates who fall below a 3.0 average will be placed on academic probation.

Admissions
Admission to graduate programs are competitive and based on a quantitative and qualitative assessment. Students are assessed according to the following:

  • Candidates must have three to five years of appropriate experience.
  • MSHRM applicants should have at least three years of exempt-level experience.
  • MSM applicants should have managerial or supervisory experience.
  • MPSL applicants should have three years of professional experience or significant volunteer experience.
  • MALS candidates should have professional, managerial or significant volunteer experience.
  • MAEdL and Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership candidates must have three years of teaching experience and appropriate educational/instructional certification.
  • Candidates must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or from a recognized foreign institution.
  • Foreign students must submit TOEFL scores of at least 550 for the written exam, 213 for the computer exam or 79 on the Internet-based exam.
  • Foreign students must submit course-by-course evaluations from an approved Thomas Edison State College agency. The evaluation must state they have the equivalent for a United States regionally accredited degree.
  • Candidates must submit all official transcripts and documentation of past college credits, professional and/or military training and other experiences.
  • Candidates must complete the essay portion of the application.
  • Candidates must submit at least two Letters of Recommendation from individuals able to attest to their ability to complete a graduate degree. At least one should be from a person who has supervised the applicant.
  • Candidates must submit a current resume.
  • Candidates are required to have the following basic computer skills: ability to access the Internet and experience with/knowledge about sending e-mail.
  • Recommended undergraduate GPA is 2.75 for most graduate programs; some, such as the Master of Business Administration, require a higher GPA.

The Admissions Committee reviews the application to assess the fit between the program and the applicant’s goals, the appropriateness of the applicant’s experience and the applicant’s potential for success.

The College maintains sole discretion for determining those students who would benefit appropriately from the learning and educational processes of the institution. Conversely, the College maintains sole discretion for determining those students who would not benefit appropriately from the learning and educational processes of the institution.

Residency Requirements
Students are not required to live in New Jersey to enroll in graduate programs at Thomas Edison State College.

Enrollment
Graduate students are considered “enrolled” when they have been accepted into the graduate program and have registered for their first course.

a. Date of Enrollment. The date of enrollment is defined as the first day of class for the first semester the student starts taking courses as a matriculated student. As long as students continue to take courses, the student is enrolled. This status may change if the student becomes inactive or take a leave of absence.

b. Catalog in Effect. Graduate students must use the Catalog that was in effect on the date of enrollment to determine graduation requirements. If students become inactive and re-enrolls, graduation requirements will be those listed in the Catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

c. Time Frame for Completion. Students in graduate programs have up to seven years to complete their degree. Students wishing to request a waiver of this timeframe should make their request to the dean of the School in which they are enrolled.

d. Deferred Enrollment. A graduate student who has been accepted may defer enrollment. This request for deferment must be done in writing.

Graduate Transfer Policy
In addition to graduate credit earned through Thomas Edison State College methods, students in a graduate program at the College may transfer graduate-level credit in the following ways:

  • Graduate credits previously earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities;
  • Courses that have been evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE) and recommended for graduate credit; and
  • Military service schools that have been evaluated by the ACE Office of Educational Credit and Credentials and recommended for graduate credit.

Transfer credit meeting the criteria may be used to meet core and elective graduate program requirements. The grade received for a transfer course must be a B or better. When the grade received is P for Pass or CR for Credit, the sending institution must equate it to a B or better. Students may transfer up to 12 credits. Courses taken for transfer credit after admittance to the program require prior approval of the Dean of the school in  which the student is enrolled. Transferred graduate credits that were earned seven or more years prior to the student’s enrollment date may not be applied to the degree without permission of the appropriate School dean.

Auditing Graduate Courses
Students who wish to audit a graduate course must contact, for permission, the dean of the School in which the course is offered. Students are charged full tuition to audit a course. A grade of AU will be awarded.

Course Extension

Bachelor’s to Master’s Program

Graduate Nonmatriculated Student Status
A student may take no more than 9 semester hours of graduate-level courses on a nonmatriculated basis. The specific number of courses is detailed by each graduate program. Students who wish to continue taking graduate-level courses beyond 9 credits, must apply for graduate admission and meet all graduate admission requirements.

Graduate Course Policies and Regulations
Students must maintain a B average to remain in good academic standing.


Graduate Academic Standing Grading System

Letter Grade Quality Points Numerical Equivalents
A 4.0 93-100
A- 3.7 90-92
B+ 3.3 88-89
B 3.0 83-87
B- 2.7 80-82
C+ 2.3 78-79
C 2.0 73-77
F 0 Below 73
I Incomplete (temporary grade)  
IF 0 Below 73
CR* N/A None


*Nongraded credit assessed at the B level and above will be counted toward graduate degree requirements in accordance with College and appropriate School policies.


Withdrawals/Refunds
Your written withdrawal request must be made on the Request for Course Withdrawal Form found in your course section, online at www.tesc.edu/studentforms  or in a letter sent before the end of the term to:

Thomas Edison State College
Office of the Registrar
101 W. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08608-1176
Fax: (609) 292-1657

Stopping payment on credit cards or checks does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor does it relieve you from your financial obligation to the College. Failure to submit assignments or take examinations does not constitute an official withdrawal, nor does verbal notification to your mentor or to any member of the College staff.

A request for course withdrawal will only be accepted in writing and must be submitted before the end of the term. A withdrawal request will not be processed if it is submitted after the course has officially ended.

If you send a letter, it must cite your course code, course name and the mentor’s name as well as your name and College ID number. The postmark, e-mail or fax date will constitute the official withdrawal date.

Failure to withdraw as stated above will result in the forfeiture of any refund and may result in a failing grade. These policies refer to course withdrawals only. If you wish to withdraw from your degree program at the College you must do so in writing to the Office of the Registrar.

Withdrawal Tuition Refund Schedule
Tuition refunds for course withdrawals will be processed within two weeks after the withdrawal request is received in the Office of the Registrar. The late fee is nonrefundable. Return any textbooks to your textbook supplier, not to the College. Please refer to the policies and procedures issued by your textbook supplier regarding materials returns. Withdrawal requests must be postmarked, e-mailed or fax dated according to the following schedule for the corresponding tuition refund.

Students will not be charged an administrative withdrawal fee if they withdraw before the first day of the term.

Refund and Transfer Policy

  • Withdrawals before the first day of the term = 100 percent tuition refund minus the $10 administrative withdrawal fee
  • Withdrawals between the first and the seventh day of the term = 75 percent tuition refund
  • Withdrawals between the eighth and 14th day of the term = 50 percent tuition refund
  • Withdrawals between the 15th and 21st day of the term = 25 percent tuition refund
  • Withdrawals after the 21st day of the term = No refund

Transfers from one course to another within the same term are permitted before the start date of the term. Transfers from one term to another are not permitted.

Extensions
Students are governed by the policies and procedures in effect on their course start date.

Students making satisfactory progress may apply for one eight-week extension per course. Mentors must certify that 50 percent of the course work has been completed, and the student must pay the extension fee. Other than the mentor’s certification, no other documentation is required. The Office of the Registrar will process the request and notify the student of their new course ending date. With the exception of extensions related to military deployments, all students must pay for the extension. This requirement

applies even in cases of medical illness or financial hardship. In cases involving military deployments, documentation presented must show deployment dates relevant to the specific course.

In limited circumstances, such as severe illness or medical treatment, students may apply for a second extension of eight weeks. In these cases students must submit appropriate supporting documentation relevant to the issue preventing course completion during the first extension and pay another extension fee. The Office of the Registrar will determine if the second extension is warranted and notify the student of their decision and if approved of their new course ending date.

For both first and second extension, the eight weeks will be added to the current end date of the course in question. Students cannot have more than 16 additional weeks added to the original start date of their term. Students may not request more than two extensions for a single course. Students may not apply for (or be granted) an extension after the last day of the course. Students will be permitted to withdraw after an official course extension has been processed as long as the extension has not ended. A percentage of your final grade in an online course is based on your participation in online discussions and, perhaps, in group activities involving other members of the class. These asynchronous “conversations” and collaborative assignments will not continue after the scheduled end of the original term.

Updating the Records
It is crucial that the College have accurate records of your name, address, e-mail address and telephone number. If any of these change between the time you register and the time you receive your grades, please notify the College immediately. For your convenience, you may do this online via Online Student Services or by mailing a completed Student Data Change Form to the Office of the Registrar. The form is available at www.tesc.edu/studentforms.

Academic Integrity
A detailed statement of what constitutes academic honesty and plagiarism is included in every course. By registering for a course, students agree to abide by this statement. Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College.

The College is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as the use of the work and ideas of others without proper documentation. Students who submit course materials or examination responses that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course and may face dismissal from the College.