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Criteria for Admission

The following are considered minimum requirements for admission to the special education master's program: (1) Grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of college work; (2) Graduate Record Examination test with scores at or above the 40th percentile; and (3) recommendations for graduate study from people well acquainted with the applicant's academic and/or professional experience or potential. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have had teaching experience.


Applications for admission are available online at Students seeking admission to the master's program must have a completed application to the graduate school by the following program deadlines:


  • Special Education MEd or MS
    • March 15th for summer admission
    • June 15th for fall admission
    • October 15th for spring admission
  • Special Education MEd with Administrative/Supervisory Licensure
    • March 15th for summer admission
    • May 1st for fall admission
    • October 15th for spring admission
      • Please note that a separate application will also need to be submitted to the Teacher Education and Leadership Department for this program. Please for more information.
  • Masters with BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst) coursework
    • March 15th of odd years
  • Transition Program
    • March 15th of odd years


Files not complete by these dates will not be considered unless program openings are available. The information required by the School of Graduate Studies includes:


  • An online application and $55 application fee
  • 3 letters of recommendation - Two of the letters must be from faculty if attended a university within the last five years. The third letter can be from a special education director, colleague, supervisor, principal, etc.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – We do not accept the MAT
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended

When all application materials have been received by the School of Graduate Studies, the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Graduate Committee makes a recommendation to admit, hold file for the next review, or deny. Students admitted must be approved by the Graduate Dean. 

Letter of Intent

As part of the master's application, you are required to write a letter of intent.  Your letter must detail your specific reasons for wanting to attend graduate school, and also list and describe experiences and qualifications that you believe prepared you for advanced study.  Letters of intent are considered a vital element of the selection process and are carefully reviewed.  Finally, letters characterized by clear organization, attention to requested information, and mechanical accuracy allow selection committee members to better evaluate your request for graduate training.  Type your letter and email or mail it to Teresa (Teresa Simonsen, Special Education & Rehabilitation, Utah State University, 2865 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT  84322-2865). If you have questions, please contact Teresa Simonsen at 435-797-3621 or


Testing Site Information

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Testing Information

The general test is given year-round. Appointments are scheduled by the testing centers. The GRE is a computer-based test. The cost is $185.00.


Lindon - 0090
Prometric Testing Center
350 South 400 West
Suite 200
Lindon, Utah 84042
Logan - 7730
Utah State University
University Inn 115
0118 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322
(435) 797-1004  

Salt Lake City - 5343
University of Utah
201 South 1460 East
490 Student Services Bldg
SLC, Utah 84112
(801) 581-7310

 St. George - 4510
Prometric Testing Center
750 West Ridgeview Drive
Suite 105
St. George, Utah 84770
 Taylorsville - 0086
Prometric Testing Center
5500 S Redwood Rd
Suite 201
Taylorsville, Utah 84118