Education Master's Degree Information

Admissions Information and Application Procedures: Master’s Degree Programs in Education

These are the admissions criteria and application procedures common to all master’s degree programs in the School of Education.

Additional requirements specific to individual programs may also exist; for that reason, applicants are strongly encouraged to view program materials and communicate with the Coordinator of the program to which they are applying for additional information.

Admissions Information

Admission is by program. Candidates are encouraged to communicate with the Coordinator of the program for admissions information specific to that program. Each program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services has established enrollment goals, which it may not exceed. Admission is offered only to the top ranked candidates in a number sufficient to meet enrollment limits; thus, not all students meeting minimum criteria may be admitted.

The following are requirements for admission into the Master Degree program:

  1. The applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 at the undergraduate level leading to the Bachelor Degree. All calculations are based on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam, taken within five years of the date of application, are required. The Division of Teacher Education uses GRE scores as one indicator of academic preparation for graduate studies. While the Division of Teacher Education does not utilize hard and fast cutoff scores for the GRE, as a guideline the following minimum GRE scores are considered positive evidence of a candidate’s verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing abilities: Verbal, 470; Quantitative, 540; Writing, 4.5.    Individual programs may focus more on certain aspects of the GRE than do other programs; applicants are encouraged to communicate with the program to which they are applying if they have questions about program foci.
  4. Candidates who graduated from a non-accredited college or university or who do not meet the minimum grade point averages requirement for admission may be admitted by a committee of faculty members from the program to which the candidate applied based upon an evaluation of evidence submitted by the candidate. As a minimum, the evidence must address mastery of the knowledge prerequisite to the courses required by the program, acceptable writing skills, the ability to engage in critical thinking, and a personal commitment to completing the Master program. The evidence must convincingly demonstrate the candidate’s potential for success in graduate level work.
  5. Admission decisions may not be made on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation or handicap.
  6. Candidates who are not accepted for admission into a Master’s Degree program may not apply to the same program for at least one academic quarter. During that period, such applicants may be encouraged by the program to enroll in appropriate course work to develop the knowledge, skills, and values deemed necessary for admission into the program, or to demonstrate that the applicant already possesses such qualifications. Whether such course work may apply to the Master degree program is left to the discretion of the program. Completion of this course work does not guarantee admission into the program.
  7. The Master’s Degree consists of at least 45 quarter credit hours, a minimum of 36 of which must be taken at or above the 700 level. Advanced standing for a limited amount of course work taken prior to admittance to the program is possible. Course work completed 5 or more years prior to admission will not be applied to the requirements. To maintain active status in the program, students must register for at least one course every academic year. Degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of date of admission.
  8. Requirements of graduate study, as found in the University of Cincinnati Graduate Handbook.

Financial Aid:

On a limited basis, two types of financial awards are available to students through the Division of Teacher Education. The Graduate Assistantship (GA) is a stipend and tuition award and is available to full-time students. The University Graduate Scholarship (UGS) offers tuition only and is available for both full and part-time students during the academic year or summer. Applications are available by calling or visiting the School of Education, 5130 Edwards 1, (513)-556-3600. Please note that acceptance and retention of financial aid awards is contingent on satisfactory academic performance and progress toward the degree.

Application Procedures:

An Application for Graduate Study must be completed and returned in accordance with the directions and must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee. The first step in application for graduate study is to complete the online application at the University of Cincinnati Graduate School website.

In addition, please have an official copy of your transcript(s) sent to:

Beverly Reese
School of Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
University of Cincinnati
P. O. Box 210022
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0002

The application is not complete, and can not be reviewed, until the school has received all of the following:

  1. A cover letter clearly stating to which degree and program the application is being made.
  2. A statement of the applicant’s academic and professional goals, approximately two pages long. This writing sample will be used as one of the criteria for evaluating the application. The applicant should explain specifically what areas s/he would like to study so that an appropriate advisor may be assigned to the applicant if admitted into the program.
  3. A résumé relevant to academic and professional data. It should include the applicant’s name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities, sent directly to the program. If possible, at least one letter should be from a faculty member in higher education. Those writing letters should explain who they are, their relationship to the applicant, and what they know of the applicant’s academic and professional abilities. The applicant should provide the persons writing the letters with business-size envelopes and advise the writers to sign their name across the flap of the sealed envelope. The applicant should then submit these envelopes unopened.
  5. Official transcripts showing all undergraduate and graduate course work completed, including degrees granted and dates of degrees. Applicants whose previous degrees were earned at the University of Cincinnati may substitute “on-campus” transcripts.
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. Provide an original copy of scores taken within five years of the date the application is reviewed by the program. To insure we receive the scores, both the college and the division/program to which scores are to be sent should be indicated on the order form. You must allow at least six weeks for GRE scores to reach our office. Applications will not be reviewed without GRE scores. Information on the procedures for taking the Graduate Record Examination can be obtained from the Student Services Center in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.

International student applicants are required to provide specific information about their transcripts or degree programs to facilitate the applicant review process, including transcript translation and evaluation by a recognized translation/evaluation agency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of ELS Level 112, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Expectations for TOEFL scores are a minimum of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79-80 (internet-based test); a minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5; and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English. The TOEFL must have been taken within the two-year period preceding admission. The University of Cincinnati maintains an International Student Services Office (ISSO), which serves international students attending the University. For questions regarding international student information, contact the International Student Services Office at (513) 556-4278.

Application Deadlines:

There are four application review periods during each year, though the program may limit admittance to certain quarters; the applicant is advised to communicate with the Coordinator of the program for that information. The following schedule outlines the Division of Teacher Education application deadlines, application review timeline, and when notification occurs.

Graduate Application Review Schedule:

Programs Application deadline for Fall Admission Notification By: Application Deadline for Spring Admission Notification By: Application Deadline for Summer Term Notification By:
CI-MED Dec. 15th Feb. 15th Sept. 1st Oct. 15th Dec. 15th Feb. 15th
CI-MED-DL July 15th Aug. 1st Dec. 1st Dec. 15th April 1st April 15th
CI-MED-MECI-DL June 1st July 1st Oct. 1st Nov. 1st Feb. 1st March 1st
EDLD-MED* NA NA NA NA March 31st May 1st  
EDLD-MED-DL July 15th Aug. 1st Dec. 1st Dec. 15th April 1st April 15th
EDST-MA Dec. 15th Feb. 15th Sept. 1st Oct. 15th NA NA
LSLS-MED-DL July 15th Aug. 1st Dec. 1st Dec. 15th April 1st April 15th
SPED-MED-DL July 15th Aug. 1st Dec. 1st Dec. 15th April 1st April 15th
SPED-MED July 15th Aug. 1st Dec. 1st Dec. 15th April 1st April 15th



The program reviews the applicant’s materials and informs the applicant of its decision after completing the review of the application. If the applicant is accepted, applicants must notify the program in writing of their intent to enroll. An advisor will be assigned and will be the applicant’s responsibility to set up an appointment with his/her advisor prior to registering for courses. If the application is not accepted, the program will notify the applicant by letter of this decision.

Program Contact Information:

School of Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210022
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0022

Phone: 513-556-3600
Fax: 513-556-1001