Admission Requirements for the Master of Education Online Degree Program

All students admitted to the Master of Education online degree program will need to meet the same standards that applicants who enter 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.
      We understand that many universities are unable to fulfill requests for official transcripts at this time. If this is the case for you, please send your enrollment advisor a copy of your unofficial transcripts. We have temporarily suspended the requirement for official transcripts to be submitted prior to an admission decision. Please note that if you are admitted, you will still need to supply official transcripts when business operations resume at your undergraduate university.
    • 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: a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL exam and a score of 20 on the written exam; and IELTS minimum score of 7.5
    • 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
    • International students must have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency approved by NACES, such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). A Course-by-Course Report from WES or one of the following agencies must be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, as of February 23, 2013, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.

General Admission Information and Requirements

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. An academic calendar for the first year follows.

Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee typically within 1 week from submission.

View the academic calendar below:

Completed Application Deadline
December 2, 2019
Registration Deadline
December 13, 2019
First Course Start Date
January 14, 2020
First Course End Date
March 2, 2020
Second Course Start Date
March 3, 2020
Second Course End Date
April 20, 2020
Completed Application Deadline
April 27, 2020
First Course Start Date
May 12, 2020
First Course End Date
June 29, 2020
Second Course Start Date
June 30, 2020
Second Course End Date
August 17, 2020
Completed Application Deadline
August 3, 2020
Registration Deadline
August 17, 2020
First Course Start Date
September 8, 2020
First Course End Date
October 26, 2020
Second Course Start Date
October 27, 2020
Second Course End Date
December 14, 2020

Student Support

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!

Enrollment Advising


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.

Program Advising


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.

Academic Advising


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.
  • Library Support – You will have access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other library resources, including the library’s reference services either by phone or email.
  • 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.