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How to Apply


The Masters of Science in Education program has rolling admissions. This means that you can apply up to two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you begin. Of course, earlier is always better for planning purposes, but there are no set deadlines.

Go to the Graduate College website to start the online application (or paper) process. Use the directions provided there. Required materials to submit with application:

  1. GRE scores **
  2. Transcripts of all university/community college work (we would like to see at least a 3.0 GPA, but will look at other materials if you fall below) **
  3. Two letters of professional recommendation speaking to the applicant’s success and/or potential as a professional teacher of students in grades PreK-12 and potential for success as a graduate student.
  4. Resume
  5. Personal statement of application to the M.S. in Education responding to the following (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed two pages in length):
  • Which of the following concentrations/programs are you seeking? (Math Content Area Studies; Appalachian Studies Content Area Studies; Curriculum and Instruction (with initial licensure); Curriculum and Instruction (without initial licensure); Educational Technology; 5-year program in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education-must be a Radford University undergraduate majoring in IDEC to apply for this).
  • What are your short and long-term goals in seeking this degree? In your response, speak about your past experiences (particularly teaching experiences, if applicable) and how they have led you to this program.
  • If also applying for initial licensure, please tell us the certification area you are interested in [choose from Elementary (PreK-6); Middle (grades 6-8)- specify what TWO subject areas (pick from English, Social Studies, Math, and Science); Secondary (grades 6-12) – specify what ONE subject area (pick from English, Social Studies, Math, Biology, Chemistry, or Earth Science, or an add-on endorsement in Physics.]

    **Applicants who do not meet all the above admission criteria (e.g. fall short on GPA or below certain test scores) may still apply, but evaluation of such applicants may require additional compensatory application materials (e.g. an interview with program area faculty; and/or documentation of successful teaching experience; and/or professional work or life experiences that attest to personal growth and potential in graduate studies, beyond that represented by test scores or GPA). You will be contacted after you apply if we wish for you to submit additional materials.