Admission

Admission Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to one of the School's M.A. or credential programs, applicants must have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with a 2.75 minimum grade point average from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 580 Paper Test or 92 Internet Based Test (with no sub-score lower than 20), or minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or minimum PTE Academic score of 62 (applicants from non-English speaking countries)
  • Background of academic preparation and/or professional experiences giving initial evidence of ability to pursue graduate work in a specific program area

To be considered for admission to the School's Ed.D. program, applicants must have the following:

  • M.A./M.S. degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative and writing scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 600 Paper Test or 100 Internet Based Test, or minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or minimum PTE Academic score of 68 (applicants from non-English speaking countries)
  • A copy of M.A. Thesis or graduate level paper

Catholic School Leadership applicants should consult the Catholic Educational Leadership section of this catalog for additional requirements.

Admission Requirements

Required of ALL Applicants:
  • Completed and signed application form
  • $55 non-refundable application fee
  • One sealed, official transcript from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college
  • An applicant with pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply for a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program.
  • Two current, original, signed letters of recommendation on provided forms, noting suitability for graduate work, in sealed envelopes
  • A current resume
  • A typed statement of intent outlining purpose for seeking admission to program and career/academic goals
In addition to the above, all California CREDENTIAL APPLICANTS must submit the following documents:
  • Single Subject Credential applicants: Scores from CBEST and proof of subject matter competency through either CSET or waiver.
  • Multiple Subject Credential applicants: Scores from CBEST and Multiple Subject CSET or scores from Multiple Subject CSET and CSET: Writing Skills (replaces CBEST requirement).
  • Special Education Credential applicants: Scores from CBEST and proof of subject matter competency (proof of registration for CSET/SSAT or passing scores).
  • School Counseling/Personnel Services  (PPS) Credential applicants: CBEST scores; valid copy (front and back) of California Basic Teaching Credential.  PPS credential applicants without a CA Basic Teaching Credential must submit a Certificate of Clearance.
  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential applicants: CBEST scores; valid copy (front and back) of California Basic Teaching Credential; and one of the following: a) verification of a minimum of two years successful, full-time classroom teaching experience in public or private schools; or b) a services credential with specialization in pupil personnel services, library services, health services, clinical rehabilitation services, or c) a designated subject credential with verification of at least two years of successful, full-time experience appropriate to the credential held. Verification of all credential(s) and experience(s) must be on school district letterhead and signed by a school district official.
  • Clear Administrative Services Credential applicants: CBEST scores; valid copy (front & back) of Preliminary Administrative Services Credential; verification of employment in an administrative position on school district letterhead and signed by a school district official.
In addition to the above, all DOCTORAL APPLICANTS must submit:
  • A copy of M.A. thesis or graduate level paper.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Records Examination(GRE) or Miller Analogies Test(MAT) are required. Test scores must be sent directly to USF by the Educational Testing Service (GRE Code: 4850) or the Psychological Corporation (MAT). Photocopies of these results will not be accepted. (Official scores must have been obtained within the past five years).

Note to all doctoral applicants: The initial admission to a School of Education doctoral program is a preliminary decision. During the first year students develop a portfolio in order to demonstrate competence in research methodology and department-specific content. Completion of portfolio requirements is necessary for final admission into a doctoral program.

In addition to the above all INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS must submit:
  • Copy of passing TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test for English (PTE) scores.  Required scores: TOEFL: at least 580 (Paper Test), 92 with no sub score lower than 20  (Internet-based Test)  600 (Paper Test), 100 (Internet-based Test) for doctoral applicants (TOEFL code: 4850).  IELTS: 7.0. for M.A. applicants; 7.0 for doctoral applicants.  PTE: 62 for M.A. applicants; 68 for doctoral applicants.
  • Certificate of Finances, available from the School of Education or the Office of Graduate Admission.
  • Photocopy of Passport

International students are encouraged to apply early (six to eight weeks before application deadline). Please note that international applicants are not eligible to apply for California State Credential programs, including Teaching, School Counseling, Special Education, Teaching Reading, and Administrative Services.  International students interested in the Marriage and Family Therapy program should contact the department prior to application.

Please submit all required documents in one packet to:

University of San Francisco

School of Education

Dean's Office, Room 107

2130 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA 94117-1046

Applicants may be contacted for an interview with a member of the faculty. Applicants to doctoral programs may also be required to complete a written exercise critiquing selected articles in a field related to their prospective program.

Application Deadlines

Applicants for the Ed.D. programs (Exception: Catholic School Leadership, Learning and Instruction and Special Education) must submit all required documents by:

  • March 1 for Fall
  • November 1 for Spring

Catholic School Leadership Doctoral deadlines:

  • May 1 for Fall
  • April 15 for Summer
  • November 1 for Spring

Learning and Instruction Doctoral deadline:

  • March 1 (Fall admission only)

Special Education Doctoral deadline:

  • March 1 (Fall admission only)

All Credential and M.A. applicants (Exception: School Counseling and Special Education) must submit the required documents by:

  • May 1 for Fall
  • November 1 for Spring
  • April 15 for Summer Admission: in effect ONLY for Catholic Educational Leadership programs

Special Education MA and Credential (Mild/Moderate Education Specialist) applicants must submit all required documents by:

  • March 1 (Summer admission only)

School Counseling applications must submit the required documents by:

  • March 1 (Fall admission only)

Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice:

  • March 1 (Fall admission only)

Reading:

  • March 1 (Summer admission only)