Admissions Requirements

Enrollment Classifications

Students who have applied to be degree-seeking students may be awarded admission in two different ways:

  • Full Admission: Granted to applicants who have satisfied all admissions requirements
  • Conditional Admission: Granted to qualified applicants who do not yet meet certain criteria needed to be granted traditional or "full" admission. Applicants must successfully meet all conditions to their admission within the required timeframes to be granted full admission and the ability for their degree to be awarded (i.e. completion of content core requirements, academic performance such as GPA's below the minimum, or language proficiency).

General Requirements

  • Evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. International students should consult the International Graduate Student page for information on U.S. Equivalency guidelines.  An unofficial transcript may be submitted for the purpose of obtaining an admissions decision. However, proof of completion of bachelor's degree requirements, and conferral of that degree must be submitted no later than the end of the fourth week of classes. 
  • International students where English is not their primary language must refer to the International Graduate Student page to obtain information about important requirements regarding English language proficiency.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average as indicated within each specific program of study. All programs utilize the most recent 60 credits for GPA purposes (unless otherwise indicated):
    • The following programs require a 2.75 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours: MA Math, MSEd Curriculum and Instruction, MSEd Literacy Educator, MSEd Literacy Specialist
    • The following programs require a 3.0 GPA in the most recent 60 credit hours (unless otherwise indicated): MA English, MM Performance*, MM Music*, MSEd Educational Technology Specialist*, MSEd Special Education, MS OPLT*, MS OL*, MS Community Health, MST Childhood, MST Adolescent (English, Math, Social Studies and Science), Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), Inclusive and Special Education*

               *Requires 3.0 overall GPA | Note: All programs may offer conditional admission with GPA's below the published minimum

  • Submission of application components as outlined in the Application Checklist.  Note that some programs require very specific items related to that degree only.  These items are outlined below, as well as on the program pages. 

Program Specific Application Requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission to graduate programs in music should refer to The Crane School of Music admissions requirements. There are detailed requirements pertaining to auditions and entry exams that must be reviewed. 
  • For MST Adolescent education programs, the equivalent to an undergraduate content major in the chosen field is required (i.e. BA or BS in Physics, English, or Literature).
  • For applicants to the English and Communication degree - 
    • Applicants shall have earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in English, Communication, or Writing from an accredited college or university. Outstanding applicants who hold degrees in other areas maybe admitted, but they should be aware that additional coursework might be required.
    • A writing sample, preferably a recent essay written for an upper-level English or Communication course that shows evidence of scholarly research and writing.