Graduate Admissions Information
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Master Degree Programs in Special Education
Preparation for Utah Basic Teaching License in Special Education in any of the following
areas: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Preschool/Early Intervention
Special Education, Visual Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Department of
Special Education also offers graduate level programs without a Teaching License.
Additional information is available at Master Degree in Special Education, Admissions Requirements and Admission Committee Procedures.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit in order to graduate with a Master’s degree in Special Education through the Department of Special Education. Our programs require more than 30 credit hours of coursework.
Minimum Admission Requirements
In accordance with the Utah State Office of Education’s ruling R277-502-3(5), the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education has established entry requirements designed to ensure that only well qualified individuals enter the program. Minimum requirements for admission in the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education include:
(a) a minimum GPA of 3.0
(b) proof of a USBE-cleared fingerprint background check
The Admissions Committee in the Department of Special Education will take a holistic approach in evaluating each applicant’s file by examining: GPA, letters of recommendation, applicant’s personal statement and work history.
As stipulated by the Utah State Office of Education’s ruling R277-502-3(5), the University of Utah’s Department of Special Education may waive the minimum GPA entrance requirements for no more than 10 percent of an entrance cohort based on guidelines established by the Department.
All Graduate Special Education students must first be admitted to the University of
Utah as a "Matriculated"
student (a student who is working toward a degree).
Meet with the Special Education Academic Advisor
Schedule an appointment with the Special Education Academic Advisor. The advisor will introduce you to the academic programs and resources in the Department of Special Education.
Review our degree tracks
Select your Area of Specialization
Programs with a Teaching License
Programs without a Teaching License
Choose your Admission Date
*NOTE: If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday.
Apply for Admission to the Department of Special Education by the deadline
Apply to the University of Utah and the Department of Special Education using the
Within the ApplyYourself application, students are required to upload a written (two-page) professional statement, resume, three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and proof of a USBE-cleared (CBI/FBI) fingerprint background check.
Credit earned as a "Non-Matriculated" student will only be applied toward a degree after you become a "Matriculated" (degree-seeking) student. A maximum of 9 hours of graduate credit from the University of Utah may be considered toward an advanced degree (M.Ed. or M.S.)