College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Educational Leadership (EdS) > Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the
Education Specialist program, students must hold a both a bachelor's and master's degree from an accredited college or university and have a previous GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
A complete application to the EdS program will include the following materials:
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with EdS program faculty as part of the application process. Interviews are held either at the Lincoln Park campus or by phone, depending on an applicant's availability. The Office of Graduate Admission contacts applicants to schedule the interview if one will be required.
Current EdD students in the Educational Leadership program who would like to transfer to the EdS program will be required to be in good standing within their program, meeting an overall GPA requirement of 3.0 prior to the completion of 36 quarter hours, and/or meeting an overall GPA requirement of 3.3 after the completion of 36 quarter hours. Although students who wish to transfer from the EdD program to the EdS program may use the admission materials that are on file with the doctoral program office, they will also need to produce 2 letters of support from doctoral program faculty and provide a 1-2 page rationale that outlines their reason(s) for seeking transfer admission into the EdS program.
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.
In addition to program and admission requirements for the educational specialist program, students choosing to apply to one of the additional endorsement options are required to fulfill the following requirements.
The EdS program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admission, but regular deadlines are set for each term 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.
*The EdS program admits students all year on a rolling basis; however, most students admitted for the summer term will begin classes the following fall quarter.
Applicants typically receive an admission decision 4-6 weeks after submitting a complete application.
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