Master's & Ed Specialist Degrees


Application Steps by Degree


  • Master of Education (M.Ed) / Certificate

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at the School of Education and Human Development vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions Requirements
    • Term of entry
    • On-Grounds/Off-Grounds availability
    • Additional deadlines
    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the School of Education and Human Development

    For those applying for a Certificate, no GRE scores are required.

    Entrance test requirements vary by program and are listed on the Program Page under "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements".

    • Test scores are just one part of the decision process. We take a holistic review of applications and associate different relative weights to the parts of the application.
    • The average GRE scores for applicants admitted to a master's program for fall 2016 were 156 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.5 writing.
    • If more than one test score is submitted, we will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official GRE scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    • Applicants my submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is B875. IELTS does not require an institutional code.
    • Expected scores:
      Paper-based TOEFL: 600
      Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
      IELTS: 7.0
      IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.
      All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.
    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information about the SPEAK Test is available at Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. If you are submitting an electronic transcript, please email it directly to [email protected]. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all transcripts are received.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered incomplete until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 8: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the application web site. Remember, it takes approximately 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Master of Teaching (M.T.)

    ** All application fees have been waived for M.T. students applying to start in 2022.

    The Master of Teaching degree is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in teacher licensure. This is an initial licensure program, so it is for individuals who do not hold a teaching license. Prospective students who already hold a teaching license, can reach out to Courtney Sullivan to identify the best program option.

    Step 1: Review program requirements

    Look over the Teacher Education program list to learn more about program options. Most Master of Teaching programs are 1-year, full-time programs based in Charlottesville. These programs are cohort-based programs that run from June through the following May each year. Students may only begin these programs in the summer.

    For students interested in Special Education and English as a Second Language Education, there are two part-time, fully-online options. These programs are flexible and can be started in any term. Many students in these programs qualify for our P-12 educator discount


    Step 2: If you are an international student, take the TOEFL or IELTS

    International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. Review the requirements here.


    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system.You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Access the online system here.

    Current UVA students who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above qualify as direct admit applicants and are not required to submit reference letters. Admission is not guaranteed for direct admit applicants. 

    Note for UVA Undergraduate Students: During the second or third year, UVA undergraduate students may apply for early admission. The early admission application is different than the regular graduate application and can be accessed here.

    • The early application does not list all future terms, so choose the latest term you can. The Director of Teacher Education will determine your start term based on your transcript. 
    • You do not need to submit recommendations or transcripts on the early application. It is optional to attach a resume.
    • For questions about early admission, reach out to Jillian McGraw.

    Step 4: Submit your materials

    Goal statement: This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. Be specific about why you are interested in teaching the area of endorsement you have chosen. Consider why the teacher education program at UVA is a fit for your professional philosophy and goals. You may find it helpful to read about the School of Education and Human Development as you consider program fit. There is no length requirement for the goal statement. 

    Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through your online application. You can submit your application before the letters are received. Your recommenders should be able to speak to your potential as a graduate student and future teacher. As noted above, if you are a direct admit candidate, this requirement is waived.

    Suggested recommenders:

    • Faculty advisor or course instructor (we recommend this for applicants who are currently in school or recently graduated)
    • Work supervisor (we recommend this for students who have not been in school for a few years or more)
    • Someone who has observed you working with youth in formal or informal settings
    • Someone who has observed you engaging in community-based or school-based work

    We do not recommending seeking letters from friends and family members. Because you are entering a professional program, we are seeking professional references. ​

    Transcripts: Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission.

    • A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Please do not list your high school on your application. We do not need a copy of your high school transcript. 
    • Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all to date transcripts are received. 

    Resume: A resume is an optional additional document, and encourage applicants to submit one. Your resume is a great way to share the ways in which you have engaged with youth, families, and the community.


    Step 5: Check status of application

    Access the online system to monitor the status of your application. Once all materials are received, the Teacher Education office will provide a decision within six weeks. The system will email you with the decision when it is available. 

  • Master of Business Administration / Master of Education (MBA/M.Ed)

    Step 1: Apply to Darden

    Students will apply and be admitted to the Darden School before applying to the School of Education and Human Development. There is no specific application deadline for admission into the School of Education and Human Development M.Ed. dual program. Once accepted into Darden’s MBA program, applications to the School of Education and Human Development are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Darden MBA application process.

    Step 2: Familiarize Yourself

    Make sure you know the appropriate deadlines, requirements, and timeframe of the MBA/MEd program. Spend some time exploring your program page to learn everything you will need to know before joining us at the School of Education and Human Development.

    Step 3: Apply to the School of Education and Human Development

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit”. Once your account has been created you can Login To Your Account anytime.

    Step 4: Submit your scores

    In order to make the application process more efficient, you may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores if you wish. Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation. Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820 for GRE scores. GMAT scores should be sent to code KC7-0X-86.

    Step 5: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 6: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member.

    Step 7: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts are received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the address on our admissions page under Mailing Guidelines at the bottom of the page.

    Step 8: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered incomplete until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 9: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the application web site. Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at the School of Education and Human Development vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions Requirements

    • Term of entry

    • On-Grounds/Off-Grounds availability

    • Additional deadlines

    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the UVA School of Education and Human Development

    The GRE is not required for applicants applying to begin in 2021. Due to test center closures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic applicants may apply without submitting GRE scores. Those applicants who decide to submit scores should follow the guidelines below.

    Entrance test requirements vary by program and are listed on the Program Page under "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements".

    • Test scores are just one part of the decision process. We take a holistic review of applications and associate different relative weights to the parts of the application.

    • If a program requires the GRE, the target scores are 150 verbal, 145 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing.

    • If more than one test score is submitted, we will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.

    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    • Official GRE scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    • International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

      • We will accept scores from the at-home version of the TOEFL. For applicants from China, we will accept scores from the TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

    Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is B875. IELTS does not require an institutional code.

    • Expected scores:
      Paper-based TOEFL: 600
      Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
      IELTS: 7.0
      IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.
      All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.

    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information about the SPEAK Test is available at Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through the online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts are received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to [email protected] or to admissions office.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered incomplete until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 8: Check application status

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the application web site. Remember, it takes approximately 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

    This major is a full-time cohort based major. Students must meet the admission standards outlined in the School of Education and Human Development Admission Policies, which include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. However, if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission you may use your SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the GRE.

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at the School of Education and Human Development vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions requirements & prerequisites
    • Term of entry
    • On-grounds/Off-grounds availability
    • Additional deadlines
    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the School of Education and Human Development

    Students are required to submit one of the following:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. GRE scores for students admitted for the 2016-17 academic year were at or above the 151 (verbal), 151 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing).
    • For applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission: SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the GRE score. Applicants who had SAT or ACT scores sent to the university previously do not need to have them re-sent.

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts showing degree conferral and official test scores are required prior to matriculation.

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Applications for the Master of Science in Athletic Training are submitted through the ATCAS system. Create an Application Account to begin applying.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all to date transcripts are received.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the application fee.

    Step 8: Check status of application

    Check the status of your application through ATCAS.  Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.