M.Ed. / M.A. Admissions Criteria

For the M.Ed. + Teaching Credential programs look here.

Please read through the application requirements thoroughly. The following information is specific to our M.Ed. & M.A. degree programs in education. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor's Degree

4-year equivalent from accredited institution

3.0 GPA

Junior/Senior years of undergraduate degree


M.A. programs only

General Subject Test

UCR Aerial

Graduate Application

Use these reference tools to help you apply to graduate programs in the GSOE.

Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadlines to ensure adequate timing of admission decisions.

  • Transcripts

    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. Unofficial copies may be emailed to for application review purposes only. 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:
    Graduate Programs
    Graduate School of Education
    900 University Avenue
    1207 Sproul Hall
    Riverside, CA 92521

  • 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.

    Tip: An automated email will be sent to recommender on file after you submit/pay the application fee. Make sure you provide your recommenders a deadline to submit their letter as the automated email only provides instructions on how to upload a letter.

  • GRE Scores

    Report GRE scores to UCR. M.A. programs (not required for M.Ed.). 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.

  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History

    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 is approximately 1-2 pages double-spaced in a Word/PDF document. If you copy/paste your essay into the textbox in the online application, it cannot exceed 3,000 characters.

  • International Applicants

    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


Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the posted deadline.

Fall 2020 Admission

September 15, 2019 – Application opens

May 7, 2020 March 31, 2020 – Applied Behavior Analysis application closes; deadline extension due to campus closure

June 1, 2020 – International application closes

August 1, 2020 – Domestic application closes

Quarter Starts September 24, 2020

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

Fall 2021 Admission

September 15, 2020 – Application opens

March 31, 2021 – Applied Behavior Analysis application closes

June 1, 2021 – International application closes

August 1, 2021 – Domestic application closes

Quarter Starts September 23, 2021

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