Graduate and Professional Programs

The MA program in Education is designed to enable students to engage thoughtfully and critically with questions of perennial importance in education, broadly conceived. The faculty makes every effort to help students integrate research and theory with educational policy and practice. In so doing, students master central concepts in the field of education as well as develop the ability to analyze empirically, think critically, and speak and write clearly in the appropriate genre for their educational field.

The graduate program in Educational Studies is flexible by design in order to encourage students’ personal growth and specialization within the discipline. To achieve this level of flexibility, each student works closely with the Graduate Program Advisor as well as specific faculty whose own areas of research focus align with the students’ particular interests and professional goals. Coursework is defined and research projects are guided by our faculty’s scholarly interests and expertise. Specific fields of study that carry the advantage of faculty depth and the potential for original research are: language acquisition, human development, math education, early literacy development, the history of educational thought, the philosophy of education, the sociocultural foundations of education, and education policy studies.

Admission. Admission to the graduate program in Educational Studies is selective. Minimum requirements for admission include:

(i) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
(ii) an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale),
(iii) at least three letters of recommendation from college instructors or others who can attest to the applicant’s intellectual promise, motivation, and maturity,
(iv) a carefully composed statement of purpose, and
(v) satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The statement of purpose should be at least 1000 words in length and should articulate how the applicant’s scholarly interests and/or professional goals fit with the goals and objectives of the graduate program. Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements may be considered for provisional or probationary admission at the discretion of the Graduate Program Advisor or the faculty of the Department of Educational Studies.

Students seeking admission to the graduate program should contact the Graduate Program Advisor in the Department of Educational Studies with further questions about the program and admission procedures. For full consideration, applicants are asked to turn in a completed application prior to April 1 for the following Fall semester and prior to November 15 for the following Spring semester, but applications may be reviewed after those dates as well. The deadline for scholarships and assistantships is earlier, typically between January 15 and February 1. Application packets should be submitted directly to the Graduate School at The University of Tulsa.