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Program Admission

Admission deadlines vary by program (see below). Mail application form , $30.00 non-refundable application fee, and related materials to:

  • Collegiate Graduate Program Office
  • College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Attn: Karen Mehle
  • 150 EduE
  • 412 Library Dr
  • Duluth, MN 55812

Check program information below for specific admission criteria and application deadlines. Use our Frequently asked questions page, or email Kim Riordan, Graduate Program Director, with specific questions.

Master of Education Admission

Students are admitted to an M.Ed. cohort that begins each fall and spring semester. Deadline for application for the fall semester cohort is April 15, and for the spring semester cohort, October 15. Admission decisions will be made approximately one month after application deadline.

Minimum criteria for admission:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2.8 undergraduate GPA (exceptions may be granted) or current teaching license
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 500 on the paper-based exam; 173 on the computer-based exam; or 61 on the new Internet-based exam. Information on the TOEFL can be found at http://www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen/index.html.

Desired qualifications:

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum of two years professional experience or demonstrated experience working with learners.

Submit the following as part of the application:

  • application form
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from the institution granting the bachelor´s degree. OFFICIAL means they must be sent DIRECTLY to the Collegiate Graduate Program Office from the undergraduate institution. (see address above)
  • Two letters of recommendation - addressed to the Collegiate Graduate Programs Committee (see address above)
  • Resume documenting education and work experience
  • A two-to-three page goal statement

Master of Special Education Admission

The M.Sp.Ed. is a summer-only cohort program. Students interested in joining the 2008 cohort should email the program coordinator, Trudie Hughes.

Minimum criteria for admission:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • 2.8 undergraduate GPA (exceptions may be granted) or current teaching license
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score of at least 500 on the paper-based exam; 173 on the computer-based exam; or 61 on the new Internet-based exam. Information on the TOEFL can be found at http://www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen/index.html.

Submit the following as part of the application:

  • application form
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from the institution granting the bachelor´s degree. OFFICIAL means they must be sent DIRECTLY to the Collegiate Graduate Program Office from the undergraduate institution. (see address above)
  • Three letters of recommendation - addressed to the Collegiate Graduate Programs Committee (see address above)
  • 1 - 2 page paper describing your professional goals and the importance of reflection in educational practice.

M.Ed. in Environmental Education Admission

Students are admitted to the M.Ed. in Environmental Education program each fall and spring semester. Application deadline for the fall semester is February 1, application deadline for the spring semester is October 1. Admission decisions will be made approximately one month after application deadline.

Submit the following as part of the application:

  • application form
  • $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelors Degree
  • minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA ; minimum 3.0 for transferred graduate courses.
  • Official transcripts from the institution granting the bachelor´s degree. OFFICIAL means they must be sent DIRECTLY to the Collegiate Graduate Program Office from the undergraduate institution. (see address below)
  • Students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score above 500.
  • Resume
  • A letter of application that: describes your motivation behind pursuing this field and degree, your career goals, and your goals for graduate study.
  • Three examples of your work (examples might include curriculum or lessons developed; descriptions of teaching experience or work in professional organizations; copies of grant proposals, articles, or research results, etc.)
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your potential as a graduate student and environmental educator.
  • Students interested in receiving a graduate assistantship position must also include a brief letter of intent indicating your interest in a graduate assistantship (GA). Receiving a GA is dependent upon your qualifications and are available on a limited basis depending upon grant monies.  Students are encouraged to seek their own opportunities for support in an appropriate thesis/field project area, with faculty assistance.