M.A. Admissions Criteria

The following information is specific to our M.A. in education. Requirements for admission include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA in junior/senior years
  • Combined verbal/quantitative GRE score: 308; writing section required

Application Deadlines


Fall 2018 Admission

September 5, 2017 – Application opens
June 1, 2018 – International applicant deadline
September 1, 2018 – Domestic applicant deadline

Winter 2019 Admission*

March 1, 2018 – Application opens
September 1, 2018 – International applicant deadline
November 15, 2018 – Domestic applicant deadline

Spring 2019 Admission*

July 1, 2018 – Application opens
December 1, 2018 – International applicant deadline
March 1, 2019 – Domestic applicant deadline

*Select programs – M.A. in Educational Psychology and REMS only; depending on student’s background, starting Winter or Spring may delay time to degree based on course sequencing. Contact Graduate Program Coordinator for more information about applying Winter or Spring.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the Online Application by the posted deadline and pay the non-refundable application fee:
     $80 U.S. citizens and permanent residents
     $100 for international students

  2. Mail in one copy of all official transcripts in the original sealed envelope from the home institution. All academic institutions attended after high school should be reported even if coursework was transferred to another college or university. International applicants must submit official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diploma in their original language and English by the home institution. Notarized documents or copies are not accepted.
    Mail documents to:

    Admission Processing
    Graduate School of Education
    1207 Sproul Hall
    University of California
    Riverside, CA 92521

  3. Report GRE scores to UCR. Test scores may not be more than five years old from the month of matriculation (example: September 2013 for Fall 2018 admission). Request that ETS send your scores electronically to UCR. UC Riverside code: R4839.

  4. Submit two essays: Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement. The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to discuss your intent for pursuing the graduate program and how it aligns with your career objectives. The Personal History Statement is about your background, culture, economic and social experiences, and how those elements have led you to pursue a graduate degree. Each essay should not exceed 3,000 characters and is uploaded directly to the online application.

  5. Acquire three letters of recommendation from academic sources.  At least two letters should be requested from professors who are in a position to analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program. Professional letters may be used if the applicant has been away from school for several years.  All letters of recommendation must be in English.  If you have been enrolled in a previous graduate program, it is required that one letter be from your research or program advisor in that graduate program. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere

  6. International applicants: request TOEFL or IELTS scores from ETS to be sent to UC Riverside.

    TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted by students whose native language is not English and who do not have a bachelor's or postgraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction. The scores cannot be more than two years old from the date of matriculation.
    UC Riverside code: 4839

    TOEFL - minimum required scores:

    Internet-Based Test (iBT) - 80
    Paper-Based Test (PBT) - 550
    Computer-Based Test (CBT) - 213

    IELTS - minimum required scores:

    Overall score – 7
    Individual/sub-scores – 6

    An official Test Report Form (TRF) should reported electronically to UCR or mailed to:

    Graduate Admissions
    University Office Building Room 116
    University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA 92521 USA

  7. International applicants: submit original International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement upon admission.

Looking for more information? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at edgrad@ucr.edu