As a practice, the School of Education takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications. We assess each applicant with balanced consideration, looking at their life experiences, personal attributes, and academic metrics. We also evaluate how applicants may contribute to the school and to their chosen field.

The School of Education has application requirements that pertain to all students and certain programs. Please refer to the sections below for information about your program’s requirements.

  1. Completed online application with non-refundable $55 application fee.
  2. One set of unofficial transcripts from each university/college previously attended. For U.S. applicants, the degree must be from a regionally accredited university/college. An applicant with a pending degree must provide official verification of expected degree completion from institution's Registrar or school official. An undergraduate degree is required to apply to a master's program. A master's degree is required to apply for a doctoral program. Please note: if admitted you will need to submit official transcripts prior to enrolling.
  3. Applicants must have earned their Bachelor's and/or Masters' degrees from a regionally accredited institution. They must provide a background of academic preparation and/or professional experience that demonstrates their ability to pursue graduate level programs.
  4. MA and Credential applicants: Recommended GPA of 2.75; Doctoral applicants: Recommended GPA of 3.0 from a graduate program
  5. Two current, signed letters of recommendation, noting suitability for graduate work.
  6. Current résumé.
  7. A Statement of Intent — Applicants should address the following prompt in their application: Discuss your past experiences highlighting any specific link to international, multicultural, and or social justice education. What issues are you passionate about? What are your academic and research goals for this doctoral program and beyond? (Limit is 3 pages, single-spaced).

Applicants must also submit evidence of three years minimum for the master's program, and five years minimum for the doctoral program, of Catholic school teaching experience at the elementary, secondary, or collegiate level, or permission by the CEL faculty to waive this prerequisite.

International Applicants Must Also Submit:

  • Copy of passing scores for one of the following: TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). Passing scores are listed below. Please refer to the Graduate Admission website for exceptions to the required international applicant testing and additional information.
  • TOEFL* (Note: The USF TOEFL code is 4850.) - 580 (paper test) or 92 with no sub score lower than 20 (Internet-based test) for master's applicants, 600 (paper test) or 100 with no sub score lower than 20 (Internet-based test) for doctoral applicants
  • IELTS - 7.0 for master's applicants and doctoral applicants
  • PTE - 62 for master's applicants, 68 for doctoral applicants
  • Certificate of Finances

Please visit our International Student page for more information.