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
  • International Applicants: 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 that demonstrates their ability to pursue graduate level programs

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
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative and writing scores or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) results.  Test scores must be sent directly to USF by the Education Testing Service (GRE) or the Psychological Corporation (MAT).
  • International Applicants: 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 (excerpt or complete copy) or graduate level paper

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

Admission Requirements

Required of ALL Applicants:
  • Completed application submitted online
  • $55 non-refundable application fee
  • One set of unofficial transcript from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college.  Please note:  if admitted official transcripts must be submitted prior to enrolling.
  • 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, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work
  • A current resume
  • A typed statement of intent outlining purpose for seeking admission to the specific School of Education graduate program being chosen; include career and 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 Mild/Moderate Credential applicants: Scores from CBEST and Multiple Subject CSET or scores from Multiple Subject CSET and CSET: Writing Skills (replaces CBEST requirement).
  • 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 three 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.
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
  • Photocopy of Passport

International students are encouraged to apply early

Please apply online:

Please visit our Apply page at http://www.usfca.edu/soe/admission/apply/ to access our online application. 

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

PROGRAM APPLY NO LATER THAN
  FALL SPRING SUMMER
Administrative Services Credential May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) May 1 Nov 1 Apr 15
Catholic Educational Leadership (EdD) May 1 Nov 1 Apr 15
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Catholic Educational Leadership May 1 Nov 1 Apr 15
Catholic School Teaching May 1 Nov 1 Apr 15
Counseling Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Counseling Psychology: School Counseling March 1 n/a n/a
Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning  (MA) On Campus May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Media and Learning May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Higher Education and Student Affairs
Priority deadline for first review of completed applications.
Priority:
Jan 7
n/a n/a
Human Rights Education May 1 Nov 1 n/a
International and Multicultural Education (MA) May 1 Nov 1 n/a
International and Multicultural Education (EdD) March 1 Nov 1 n/a
Learning and Instruction (EdD) March 1 n/a n/a
Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning (MA) Online June 16 Oct 24 n/a
Organization and Leadership (MA) May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Organization and Leadership (EdD) March 1 Nov 1 n/a
Reading (Certificate/MA only - no teaching credential) n/a n/a Priority:
March 1
Final: Apr 5
Special Education (MA) n/a n/a March 1
Special Education (EdD) March 1 n/a n/a
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (on campus) May 1 Nov 1 n/a
TESOL MA Online - Deadlines for the Online program ONLY: See dates for Online only >>
Teaching Credential with MA degree May 1 Nov 1 n/a
Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice March 1 n/a n/a
 

Applicants seeking admission to School of Education programs offered at the branch campuses should consult that campus directly to check the appropriate deadline.