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With a master’s degree from one of the best colleges of education in the country, you’ll have everything you need to become a leader and innovator in education. If you’re ready to start the next phase of your career, follow the simple steps for admission listed below.

If you have any questions about the University of Iowa online program admissions process, contact our Online Enrollment Office at 319-250-3087 or toll-free at 844-542-8893. Our dedicated enrollment specialists are available to walk you through each step of the process.

  • M.A. in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency

    The admissions process for the fully online M.A. in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency is streamlined to allow busy professionals to advance their careers quickly. Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements for the Graduate College:

    • Complete the online application.
    • Submit official transcript of bachelor’s degree from the institution where the Educator Preparation Program was completed (for initial teaching licensure). This transcript must be from a regionally accredited American college or university or international equivalent. The cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher. This transcript is not needed if this degree was conferred from the University of Iowa.
    • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for application review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s first start date.
    • Official transcripts can be received via post or email. Instructions for requesting official transcripts will be listed in MyUI after the application is submitted.
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to graduate programs at the University of Iowa. Students with an undergraduate GPA which is lower than 3.0 are not eligible for admission, but may be considered upon exception.
    • Submit proof of a teaching license in at least one U.S. state through MyUI once the application has been submitted. Applicants do not need to currently be teaching. However, if the licensure has expired, it would need to be renewed before the candidate could accept a teaching position.
    • International applicants must also:
      • Take the TOEFL exam. Acceptable TOEFL score is a minimum of 600 (250 computer-based test or 81 internet-based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no sub score lower than 6.0).
      • Follow the steps outlined for the degree/transcript translating services at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/outofcountry.pdf so that the university can analyze coursework for state minimum requirements. This may include Praxis II testing (regardless of program completion date) to meet the ESSA federal requirements to be highly qualified.
      • Pay a $100 application fee when submitting the online application.

    Transfer Credits

    Applicants seeking to transfer graduate credits (up to 9 semester credit hours) must also provide transcripts from those regionally accredited institutions. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for credit transfer review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s first start date. Transfer credit requests will be reviewed for approval by the program director and the faculty lead for the course being substituted. Candidates seeking transfer credits must provide a syllabus for the course(s) completed to be used for the course review process.

  • M.S. in STEM Education

    The admissions process is streamlined to allow busy professionals to advance their careers quickly. Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements for the Graduate College:

    • Complete the online application.
    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions. This transcript is not needed if this degree was conferred from the University of Iowa. Official transcripts can be received via post or email. Instructions for requesting official transcripts will be listed in MyUI after the application is submitted.
    • A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Graduate Admissions.
    • The Teaching and Learning Master of Science (M.S.) subprogram in STEM education preferred candidates have a degree in a science or math area, science or math education, a degree in elementary education with a science or math emphasis, or professional experience in these areas. Teaching licensure/certification is recommended for the M.S. degree and required if the candidate seeks the Iowa K-12 STEM Education Specialist Endorsement.
    • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for application review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s start date.
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to graduate programs at the University of Iowa. Students with an undergraduate GPA which is lower than 3.0 are not eligible for admission, but may be considered upon exception.
    • International applicants must also:
      • Take the TOEFL exam. Acceptable TOEFL score is a minimum of 600 (250 computer-based test or 81 internet-based test) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with no sub score lower than 6.0).
      • Pay a $100 application fee when submitting the online application.

    Transfer Credits

    Applicants seeking to transfer graduate credits (up to 12 semester credit hours) must also provide transcripts from those regionally accredited institutions. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for credit transfer review, but official transcripts must be submitted upon acceptance to the program and before the student’s first start date. Transfer credit requests will be reviewed for approval by the program director and the faculty lead for the course being substituted. Candidates seeking transfer credits must provide a syllabus for the course(s) completed to be used for the course review process. Courses that can be considered for transfer are science and math education and electives. Decisions regarding application of transfer credits toward coursework will be made by the program.

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