M.Ed. Admissions Criteria

General Admission Criteria

Admission to the Graduate School of Education is open to domestic and international students with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

Admission is based on a number of factors, including the academic degrees and record, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and relevant experience. The appropriateness of the applicant's goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interests of the faculty is also considered. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of upper division undergraduate work is expected for admission consideration in our program.

TESOL admission is open for Fall quarter only and is closed for Winter and Spring quarters. Please do not apply for these terms. The application fee is non-refundable.

M.Ed. Program Deadlines

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2016 - 2017 Deadlines Application Component
Winter Quarter 2017 (Programs Begin Early January)
Application Opens March 1, 2016
September 1, 2016 Application deadline for International applicants to have submited all required documents.
November 15, 2016 Application deadline for domestic master's students to have submitted all required documents.
Note: The winter term is not open to MEd in TESOL and Special Education with Education Specialist Credential.
Spring Quarter 2017 (Programs Begin Late March / Early April)
Application Opens July 1, 2016
December 1, 2016 Application deadline for international applicants to have submitted all required documents.
March 1, 2017 Application deadline for domestic master's students to have submitted all required documents.
Note: The spring term is not open to MEd in TESOL and Special Education with Education Specialist Credential.
2017 - 2018 Deadlines Application Component
Fall Quarter 2017 (Programs Begin Late September)
Application Opens September 28, 2016
June 1, 2017 Application deadline for International applicants. All required documents must be submitted by this date.
September 1, 2017 Application deadline for all domestic applicants to have submitted all required documents.
Winter Quarter 2018 (Programs Begin Early January)
Application Opens March 1, 2017
September 1, 2017 Application deadline for international applicants to have submitted all required documents.
November 15, 2017 Application deadline for domestic master's students to have submitted all required documents.
Note: The winter term is not open to MEd in TESOL and Special Education with Education Specialist Credential.
Spring Quarter 2018 (Programs Begin Late March / Early April)
Application Opens July 1, 2017
December 1, 2017 Application deadline for international students to have submitted all required documents.
March 1, 2018 Application deadline for domestic master's students to have submitted all required documents.
Note: The spring term is not open to MEd in TESOL and Special Education with Education Specialist Credential.

How to Apply

  1. Application

    Complete the Online Application for graduate admission by the deadlines outlined above.

  2. Application Fee

    $80 U.S. citizens and permanent residents
    $100 for international students

    Application fee is non-refundable and must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) for the application to be processed.

  3. Official Transcripts - must be mailed

    One official copy of your transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar's Office of all academic institutions you have attended after high school, or you may request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes to the Graduate School of Education.

    International applicants must submit two copies of official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diploma in their original language, with English translations prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents or copies are not accepted. Official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diplomas with English translations must be sent directly to the Graduate School of Education from the issuing institution, or you can mail the transcripts yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

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

  4. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are NOT required for M.Ed. applicants

  5. TOEFL or IELTS Scores

    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.

    The minimum required TOEFL score is 550 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT), 213 on the Computer-Based Test (CBT), and 80 on the new internet-Based Test (iBT). The official score must be submitted directly from ETS to UCR. Request that ETS send your score electronically to UCR.

    UC Riverside code: 4839

    The minimum overall IELTS score is 7 with score no lower than 6 on any individual component. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

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

    For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.

  6. Applicant Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement

    The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives ,research interests, and experience are of particular interest.

    The Personal History Statement is your opportunity to discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

    Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other. We also do not accept a personal resume or curriculum vitae as a response to either essay.

  7. Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants will be able to enter their recommenders' information directly into their electronic application. Recommenders will be notified electronically and provided instructions on how to submit a letter online. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicant's file for review.

    Graduate Division requires three (3) letters of recommendation. Submitting more than three letters does not improve your standing as an applicant. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. The most important aspect of letters of recommendation is that they be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program. It is strongly recommended that you not request letters from Teaching or Laboratory Assistants, postdocs, lecturers, adjunct faculty, friends, or faculty from junior colleges. If you wish to submit a letter from an employer, please contact the graduate program advisor to determine if this will be acceptable. 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.

    If you wish to waive your right to inspect the letters of recommendation, mark the appropriate box below the reference information on the application. Only enrolled UCR students are permitted to inspect letters of recommendation for which they did not waive their right to access. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere.

  8. International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement

    All international applicants are required to complete the International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement to be considered for admission to our graduate program.

Contact Us

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

More admission information is available at graduate.ucr.edu