Admission to all graduate programs in the College of Education is selective and often very competitive. Simply meeting the minimal criteria does not ensure admission. To be admitted to one of the College’s master or the doctoral degree programs, students must complete application requirements outlined by the College, Department and Program.
GRE scores are required for all students admitted to graduate study in the College of Education. While there are no minimal guidelines scores for admission to the College of Education, applicants should complete the examination with recognition that that their performance on the GRE will be one of the criteria carefully considered by the program admission committee. Prospective students may access the specific program descriptions on the College of Education website, which may include a range of scores of students successfully admitted to each program area. For all applicants, the GRE must have been taken within five (5) years of the date of application for admission to any graduate program in the College of Education. Applications and information on GRE testing dates, costs, and deadlines may be secured from:
University Testing Services
Additional information about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Admission to all graduate programs in the College of Education also requires a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA). Applicants who do not meet this requirement should address in their goal statement the reasons for their undergraduate degree performance and discuss other academic indicators which provide supportive evidence of their potential to meet the demands of rigorous study at the graduate level.
All College of Education departments and programs have additional admission requirements, which may include letters of reference, resume, statement of interest, or a personal interview. Deadlines for submission of application materials vary by specific program area. For more information, consult the appropriate academic department.
Non Degree Objective Status
Students who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who wish to receive certification to be either a teacher, a school administrator, or a school supervisor may apply as nondegree objective (NDO) students and complete certification requirements at the graduate level. To apply for the nondegree objective program, students must complete an Apply Texas application and submit transcripts, and examination scores. Information about how to submit documents is found on The Graduate School admissions web page.
Students who later decide to apply for admission to a graduate degree program must do so by petition. Petitions are available from departmental offices. Students may apply six hours taken while holding nondegree objective status toward a degree if the courses are applicable to that degree and if the credits are no more than five years old at the time of graduation.
Retention in Degree Program
To maintain their status in a degree program, students must be enrolled in consecutive Fall and Spring semesters each calendar year, starting with the date of admission. Students who cannot register each semester must apply for a leave of absence or they will be dropped from the degree program. Students dropped from the degree program must petition and be approved for reinstatement.