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Special Education Master's Degree Program

Admission Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in the Special Education master's degree program, students must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Special Education program will include the following materials:

  • Graduate admission application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (from work supervisors or academic references)
  • Personal statement that briefly states your reasons for wanting to enter the Special Education program at DePaul University and speaks to your potential for becoming a teacher (minimum 750 words))
  • Writing sample (e.g., a research paper or senior thesis)
  • $40 application fee

Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.

Application Deadlines

The Special Education program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admissions, but the regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.


Regular Deadline

Notification Dates


July 15

Fall Only

Applicants typically receive an admission decision 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.​​​​​​​