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Department of Education

How to Apply

Summary of Admissions Procedures

Office of Graduate Admissions (a new browser window will open)

By February 15th, or until cohort is filled, submit the following to Graduate Studies:

By that same deadline, submit to Linda McMaster, Administrative Assistant, located in the Harry Griffith Hall 202, in the School of Education:

  • a photocopy of the completed application for graduate admission
  • statement of purpose (see below)
  • one copy of all college transcripts sent to Enrollment Management
  • photocopies of all teaching and specialist credentials earned
  • three letters of recommendation from persons who can assess your potential for graduate work


Procedures for Applying

Deadline for applying (fall semester entry): February 15th or until cohort is filled. Following faculty review, applicants will be notified of their admission status by May 13.

Candidates must show satisfactory preparation for the proposed course of study and meet general requirements for admission outlined in the HSU Handbook for Master's Students. Candidates must:

  • Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution (or equivalent academic preparation)
  • Be in good academic standing at the last university attended.
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted. (Those who do not meet this requirement may file a Petition to Appeal Low GPA with the graduate coordinator.)

If the bachelor's degree is from a postsecondary institution where English is not the principal language of instruction, score at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Submit a complete application, including a statement of purpose which considers the following:

  • rationale for pursuing graduate work in education;
  • overview of and reflection on experiences in education;
  • philosophy of education.

Faculty will rate each applicant's statement of purpose and recommendation letters based on evidence of:

  • a clearly articulated rationale for pursuing graduate work;
  • strong writing ability;
  • ability to reflect critically on experiences in education;
  • a clearly articulated philosophy of education;
  • ability to conceptualize a broad vision for education;
  • strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • full-time teaching, administrative, and/or other professional experience in education; and
  • strong potential for success in graduate study and for contributions to the profession.

Applicants may be admitted in one of two categories: graduate conditionally classified (with deficiencies that can be remedied through additional academic preparation) or graduate classified (meet all professional, personal, scholastic, or other standards).

Applicants without a professional credential--e.g., multiple subjects, single subjects, administrative services, special education level I--may still be accepted into the program. Note, however, that the M.A. Ed. in education is geared toward professionals in the field and is designed to use the strengths and knowledge base acquired while working with students in a school setting.

Those with no degree objective who still desire to take graduate-level courses for professional or personal growth (post-baccalaureate unclassified students) may be admitted to courses subject to availability and instructor approval. Such admission, however, does not constitute admission to the graduate degree program. Students in this classification should seek approval from the department's graduate advisor as well as the course instructor. The department will provide the necessary forms.

Upon acceptance into the program, work with your advisor to create a plan of study. All students need an approved plan on file with the department prior to completing the core courses. The plan, signed by the student, the advisor, and the graduate coordinator, is also a graduation checklist.

Contact Financial Aid for general financial aid information, Research and Graduate Studies for information on grants and fellowships, and the department's graduate coordinator for education-related assistance.


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