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Apply for outstanding master's degree programs in elementary teaching, secondary teaching and teacher leadership. Certificate options are available too.

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Admissions Details

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. Elementary and secondary teaching candidates who want to complete the degree in one year are strongly encouraged to start in the summer.

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 2019 January 7th, 2019 June 24th, 2019, or September 24th, 2019
Regular Admission Deadlines
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Fall 2018 August 13th, 2018
(September 4th for Teacher Leadership candidates)
September 27th, 2018
Winter 2019 November 11th, 2018 January 7th, 2019
Spring 2019 February 11th, 2019 April 1st, 2019
Summer 2019 May 6th, 2019 June 24th, 2018
Fall 2019 August 19th, 2018 September 24th, 2018
Practicum Placement Deadline
Desired Entrance Quarter All Application Materials Due Classes Begin
Summer 2019 March 1st, 2019 June 24th, 2019

In order to ensure fall practicum placements for full-time Elementary Teaching, Secondary Teaching, or Teacher Leadership students entering summer quarter, we recommend that you submit a complete application by March 1.


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.
  • 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.


Admissions Criteria

The GRE and GPA are important indicators of an applicant's academic capabilities. When reviewing an application, we are looking for candidates who:

  • have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale),
  • score in the mid-150s on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections (on a 170-point scale), and
  • score 4.0 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing section (on a 6-point scale).

Please note that these are 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.

Contact Us

Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458

Email: msedprogram@northwestern.edu