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M.Ed. & M.A. Admissions


M.Ed. / M.A. Admissions Criteria

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The following information is specific to our M.Ed. & M.A. non-credential degree programs in education. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor's Degree

4-year equivalent from accredited institution

3.0 GPA

Cumulative undergraduate degree

Career Objective

Alignment of career goals with program objectives

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Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadlines to ensure adequate timing of admission decisions. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all application materials are received by the posted deadline or the application will be closed as incomplete. Make sure to check the status of application materials. Note: no refunds will be issued for incomplete or withdrawn applications.

  • Transcripts

    All applicants:

    Upload an unofficial transcript for every college and university attended in the application prior to submitting/paying the application fee. All colleges and universities attended should be reported even if coursework was transferred to another college or university. Make sure your name and the institution name are visible on the unofficial transcript.

    International applicants:

    An unofficial transcript and certificate of degree/diploma in both the original language and English from the home institution are required. Make sure the university seal is visible on the documents. If the home institution does not provide English translations, a notarized copy may be submitted. Read more about international academic records here.

    If offered admission/accept the offer, an official e-transcript or paper transcript will be required prior to registration.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    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.

  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History

    Statement of Purpose

    The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to discuss your intent for pursuing a degree in this particular graduate program and how it aligns with your career objectives.

    M.A. applicants (Education, Society, & Culture; Educational Psychology; Neuroscience & Education; REMS; Special Education & Autism programs): In addition to clearly stating your career objectives and intentions for pursuing a degree in this particular graduate program, it is highly recommended that you connect with the SOE faculty member whose research interests align with yours prior to submitting an application. The Statement of Purpose essay should then list the faculty member(s) you wish to work with, highlighting the specific research interests you have in common.

    MED applicants (Applied Behavior Analysis; Diversity & Equity; Education Policy; and Higher Education programs): In addition to clearly stating your career objectives and intentions for pursuing a graduate degree in this particular program, please speak to how the coursework is connected to your career goals and objectives.

    Personal History

    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 is approximately 1-2 pages double-spaced in a Word/PDF document.

  • Writing Sample

    The writing sample should be a final class paper submitted for a previous course on any topic. Not to exceed 30 pages.

    If you do not have access to a class paper, you may write and submit a new one on any topic. Keep in mind the purpose of the writing sample is to demonstrate your writing ability.

  • International Applicants - English Test

    Request TOEFL or IELTS scores electronically from the testing center to be sent to UCR. UC Riverside code: R4839
    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 for the institution. The scores cannot be more than two years old from the date of matriculation (example: September 2020 for Fall 2022 admission). We do not accept Duolingo English tests. For more information about English test scores, click here.

    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


Application Deadlines

All application materials must be in by posted deadline including transcripts, letters of recommendation and English test scores (if applicable).

Fall 2023 Admission

September 15, 2022
Application opens

June 1, 2023
Application closes for all other specializations

Quarter Starts
September 21, 2023

**Educational Psychology and REMS program are available for Winter and Spring terms if applicant has background in statistics. Email edgrad@ucr.edu if you wish to be considered with a copy of your unofficial transcripts for evaluation.


Have questions?

Contact our Graduate Program Coordinator for questions about the application process, admissions criteria or general program items.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Heather Killeen

Graduate Program Coordinator

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