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Review admissions requirements to master’s degrees, graduate certificates and the post-master’s graduate certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.

Admission Requirements - Graduate Programs
General

Admission to Graduate Programs

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Up to six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred toward a graduate program in the School. Transfer credits may be accepted only from another regionally accredited institution of higher education. In order for graduate academic credits completed prior to admission into a graduate program to be considered, credits: (1) must have been completed within the past five years with a grade of 'B' or better; (2) must not have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree or certificate at the University of Richmond or another institution of higher education; and (3) must be approved by the Program Chair. Possible transfer credits completed while in the program must receive prior approval by the Program Chair. Except by waiver, no more than six hours may be transferred into a graduate program.

Graduate Admission Process

Students seeking admission to a graduate certificate or a master's degree program must complete the following:

  • File a Graduate Application with the School and submit the non-refundable $50 graduate application fee
  • Have official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities where college work was attempted forwarded directly to the School
  • Have three (3) letters of recommendation sent directly to the School (not required for Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation)
  • Have official TOEFL scores sent (when applicable)

Official documents verifying college and university work and test scores must be sent from the institution or agency responsible for the information directly to the School.

Additional requirements vary by graduate degree programs. See the section that follows for the graduate program to which you are applying.

HR Management

Admission to the Master of Human Resource Management and the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

Students seeking admission to the Master of Human Resource Management or the Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis for conditional admission. To remain in the program, conditionally admitted students must earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the first three semester hours taken following conditional admission.

Liberal Arts

Admission to the Master of Liberal Arts

Students seeking admission to the Master of Liberal Arts must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • A one-page statement of purpose which clarifies the student’s goals and gives a broad indication of the type of focus the student wishes to pursue. Applicants seeking the MLA Concentration in Public History should discuss public history as their area of focus.
Nonprofit Studies

Admission to the Master of Nonprofit Studies or Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies

Students seeking admission to the Master of Nonprofit Studies or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • Successful interview with the program chair or designee

The three letters of recommendation should include a recommender who can attest to the candidate’s academic ability and potential as a graduate student and from supervisors who can attest to the candidate’s demonstrated leadership ability. At least one of the recommendations should come from a nonprofit perspective.

Curriculum & Instruction

Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Successful interview with the program director or designee

Recommended Qualification

In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants to the programs have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or classroom teaching experience.

Educ. Ldsp. & Policy Studies

Admission to the Graduate Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted. Students who do not meet grade point average requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Written statement of your professional intent and rationale for obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Successful interview with the program director or designee
  • Written statement of your professional intent and rational for obtaining a degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

The three letters of recommendation should include an individual who can attest to the candidate's academic ability and potential as a graduate student and from supervisors who can attest to the candidate’s demonstrated leadership ability. The supervisor recommendation might include a school principal or school superintendent. At least one of the recommendations should derive from the K-12 perspective.

Master of Education

Students seeking admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies must demonstrate all of the same criteria as for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies except they need only to have completed at least a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent).

Recommended Qualification

In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that applicants to the programs have a strong foundational knowledge in K-12 education demonstrated by possessing a valid teaching license or classroom teaching experience.

Master of Teaching

Admission to the Master of Teaching

Student seeking admission to the Master of Teaching program must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or international equivalent)
  • GPA of 2.7 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • Two (2) official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended submitted directly to Education at the University of Richmond
  • Submitted Praxis Core, SAT, ACT or GRE scores (additional details below) 
  • Brief explanation of why they want to become a teacher along with a current résumé submitted to the School
  • Two (2) professional references (MT Applicant Rating Forms)
  • Successful admissions interview with the program director or designee

Testing Requirements

For admission to the MT program, we require scores on Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)-approved mathematics and reading (and beginning Spring 2021, writing) tests. Applicants should submit scores taken no more than 15 years ago on one or more of the following CAEP approved national assessments.

Scores on each test will be reviewed prior to the interview. During their interview, applicants may be asked to re-take test within their first semester based upon accreditation criteria for that academic year.

Praxis Core Exam

Scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests must be submitted directly to the School (UR’s code is 5808). The required test code is listed in parentheses; fees vary by test.

  • Reading (5713)
  • Writing (5723)
  • Mathematics (5733)
  • Combined Test (5752)

ACT, SAT or GRE Scores

We accept personal copies of scores; request a copy from your high school (on your transcript) or through the College Board. Please email a copy of these scores to education@richmond.edu.

Teacher Licensure Prep

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP)

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation must have the following (in addition to the admission requirements for all graduate programs):

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (or international equivalent)
  • A grade point average of 2.7 or higher on all college or university academic work attempted
  • Two (2) official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended submitted directly to the School
  • Passing scores on the Praxis Core submitted directly to the School (ACT or SAT scores that meet the minimum criteria may be substituted): details below
  • A brief explanation of why they want to become a teacher along with a current résumé submitted to the School
  • Two (2) professional references (“TLP Applicant Rating Forms”) submitted directly to the School
  • A successful interview with the program director or designee

Testing Requirements for TLP Admission

Testing information changes periodically, so please visit the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Assessment Requirements for the most current information.

Praxis Core Scores

Passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests must be submitted directly to the School (UR’s code is 5808). Fees vary by test.

Praxis Core Exam Code Passing
Reading 5712 156
Writing 5722 162
Mathematics 5732 150
Combined Test (5712, 5722 & 5732) taken at one time 5751 Reported by test

SAT or ACT Scores

Scores that meet minimum criteria may substitute for Praxis Core exam scores. We accept personal copies of scores; request a copy from your high school (on your transcript) or through the College Board. Please email a copy of these scores to education@richmond.edu.

ACT Minimum Scores: Composite 24 (Mathematics 22; Reading + English 46)

SAT Minimum Scores

  • Taken prior to April 1, 1995: Overall 1,000 (Verbal 450; Mathematics 510)
  • Taken April 1, 1995 through February 29, 2016: Overall 1,100 (Verbal 530; Mathematics 530)
  • Taken on or after March 1, 2016: Overall 1,170 (Evidence-based Reading & Writing 580; Mathematics 560)
Non-degree Seeking

Non-degree Seeking Admissions

Admission as a Non-Degree Seeking (NDS) Student

General

Applicants who do not meet priority application deadlines for a given term may be able to enroll as a non-degree seeking student, depending on the completeness of the applicant's admissions file.

Undergraduate

Students may earn 12 semester hours at the undergraduate level within the school as NDS or Unclassified students, after which they will be encouraged to declare a major or explore options with a student advisor.

Those enrolled as NDS students may take no more that nine (9) undergraduate semester hours during a single term.

Graduate

Students who wish to pursue non-degree graduate coursework in the School may enroll in a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of study at the graduate level provided the following conditions are met:

  • Students must submit a completed Non-degree Seeking Application.
  • Students must provide an official transcript from the regionally accredited college/university that conferred their baccalaureate degree, prior to registering for any graduate course. This does not apply to students applying for graduate credit who are in-service educators or the general public who wish to take education courses through the professional development course offerings.
  • Students must meet all prerequisite requirements of the course/courses in which they wish to enroll.
  • Students must obtain written approval from the program chair of the program in which enrollment is desired.
  • Students understand that credits obtained as a non-degree seeking graduate student may or may not apply at a later time to a graduate degree program in the School.

The program chair may elect under special circumstances to permit a student to take more than nine hours of graduate credit for transfer to another institution of higher education, provided the student can document evidence of admission to a graduate program of study at that institution and acceptance of these credit hours toward the program. Additionally, the program chair reserves the right to make exceptions to this policy deemed appropriate to his/her program area.

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