Admissions decisions are based on a holistic evaluation of an applicant's academic and leadership achievements, motivation, professional performance and potential as an educator.

The Master of Science in Education Program has rolling admissions, and students may begin taking courses in any quarter However, full-time students who want to complete the master's degree in one year must begin in the summer or fall quarter. Applicants who apply by the early admission deadline have the best chance of being awarded scholarships and graduate assistant positions.

Application Deadlines

Early Admission Deadline
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer or Fall 2016 January 4, 2016 June 20, 2016, or September 20, 2016
Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Fall 2015 August 17, 2015 September 21, 2015
Winter 2016 November 23, 2015 January 4, 2016
Spring 2016 February 15, 2016 March 29, 2016
Summer 2016 May 9, 2016 June 20, 2016
Fall 2016 August 15, 2016 September 20, 2016
Practicum Placement Deadline
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer or Fall 2016 March 28, 2016 June 20, 2016, or September 20, 2016

In order to ensure fall practicum placements for full-time Elementary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, or Teacher Leadership students entering fall quarter, we recommend that you submit a complete application by March 28.

Matriculated and Non-Matriculated Options

You may choose to apply to the program as a matriculated or non-matriculated student. Matriculated students are candidates for the master's degree. Non-matriculated students are not yet candidates for the master's degree but may take up to four courses before they must apply to matriculate. The following are the primary reasons why some students choose to apply as non-matriculated students:
  • The student does not wish to earn a master's degree but does want to take some courses in the program.
  • The student does not have anyone who can serve as an academic reference (this often happens with students who have been out of school for a while and have lost contact with their previous instructors).
  • The student has not yet taken the GRE but wants to begin taking courses.
  • The student is unsure whether the program is a good fit and wants to try it out.

See more information about the materials required for the matriculated option and non-matriculated option. Because of visa requirements, all international students must apply for the matriculated status. See more information for international applicants.

The Average Successful Applicant

The GRE and GPA are important indicators of an applicant's academic capabilities. The average successful matriculated applicant has the following profile:
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.5 (on a 4-point scale)
  • GRE Verbal: 160 (on a 170-point scale)
  • GRE Quantitative: 155 (on a 170-point scale)
  • GRE Analytical Writing: 4.5 or 5.0 (on a 6-point scale)

Please note that these are average, not minimum scores, and each applicant will be evaluated holistically. If applicants take the GRE exam multiple times we will use the highest score from each section.

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Master of Science in Education
School of Education & Social Policy
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Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University