MASTER OF EDUCATIOn PROGRAM Admission Requirements
All students admitted to the Master of Education online degree program will need to meet the same standards that applicants who enter the University of San Diego MEd programs do. Program admission standards are as follows. Should you have questions or concerns regarding any or all of these requirements, please contact an Enrollment Advisor to further assess your specific situation:
Bachelor’s degree* with a GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally accredited institution; transcripts required from every college and university attended.
A personal phone interview
Two years of prior teaching experience: send a resume of your experience
Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional supervisors
Two 500-word essays
International applicants/English Language Exam Score
International applicants must submit an official score report from one of the following acceptable English proficiency exams (test scores must be no more than two years old from the time the applicant submits their online application):
For additional details on International Applicant Requirements, please see the separate “Are You an International Applicant?” section of the page.
GRE score is optional
No teaching credential required; however, participants will need access to a classroom of students throughout the program to apply their learning and complete the course assignments as well as their action research project
Transcript and Credential Evaluations – An evaluation of degrees earned at institutions outside of the United States is required. Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A course-by-course report from WES must be submitted with your application before it can be reviewed. Evaluations from other agencies cannot be accepted.World Education Services (WES) P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274, U.S.A. www.wes.org
Please contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not happen to meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.
Students are admitted throughout the year for admission into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Each semester two courses are offered, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time – a total of 7 weeks for each course. Please see important upcoming calendar dates below.
Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee typically within 1 week from submission.
USD provides support services from your initial inquiry through graduation and placement. As a nationally ranked Catholic institution, the University of San Diego is focused on an unwavering expectation: academic excellence. We want to help you become the Changemaker you want to be!
When you first inquire about one of our graduate degree programs, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor. Your Enrollment Advisor is available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission, and guide you through the application process. Your advisor will help you every step of the way from the moment you indicate your interest in a program through the entire application process. Our team of Advisors can even help order your undergraduate transcripts, guide you through the process of writing your admission essay, and ensure you are staying on top of deadlines.
A Program Advisor will be your primary point of contact for support once you are admitted and have formally registered for classes. When you first enroll, your Program Advisor will schedule a 15-minute introductory call to review technology/equipment requirements, connect you with resources for financial aid, G.I. Bill®/VA funding, payment plans etc. and help you sign up for the Online Orientation. Over the course of your program, you’ll work with your Program Advisor to add/drop classes, coordinate credit transfers, and address any technical challenges you might be experiencing. In fact, you can direct most university-related questions to your Program Advisor; if they do not have the answer, they will point you to the available resource that does.
Each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and providing guidance as needed. Program Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.
Additional Support To Help You Complete The Program
Instructor Support –Instructors facilitate your studies throughout the course and will respond to your questions and coursework through the course site.
Technical Support – If you have any troubles with the online learning environment, you’ll find USD’s help desk technical support to be responsive and effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is specific standardized testing like the GRE required for acceptance to the Master of Education program?
No, the GRE is not a requirement. The admissions committee takes a comprehensive approach when reviewing all applications.
Do you need to have a science or math background to be accepted into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) specialization?
No. At USD we are committed to helping close the STEAM gap. When reviewing applications, we look for individuals who demonstrate a commitment or passion for the field.
Is it possible to be accepted into the program and work through the courses without being a teacher at the same time?
While you do not have to be a teacher simultaneously, you do have to have access to a classroom in order to apply what you’ve learned. Our program focuses on helping to provide skills that educators can apply immediately in their classrooms or places of work.
What accreditations does the online USD M.Ed. program possess?
The USD M.Ed. program is regionally accredited by WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Regional accreditation is a very important consideration when deciding on a program because it is the most widely accepted in terms of transfer credit and eligibility for employer tuition assistance programs. It is typically awarded to degree-oriented, nonprofit or state-owned institutions (as opposed to for-profit schools or religious schools that offer vocational or technical training).
Are the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree programs considered full-time or part-time?
All of the University of San Diego’s online graduate degrees provide 6 units per term, making them part-time, or 3/4 time, programs.
Is the online Master of Education program open to students from outside the United States?
Yes! We have students and alumni from all over the world.