GRE Exam Not Required

Applies to virtually all master’s degree and certificate programs

General Admissions Guidelines

Our master’s and certificate application and enrollment deadlines vary by program. Please visit the web page of your program of interest for its specific deadlines.

You are also welcome to direct questions to our Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at or 412-648-2230.

  1. Submit your application through the GRADCAS application form found on the School of Education Apply webpage.
  2. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card
  3. Your online application must include (a.) a Goal statement, (b.) your resume or curriculum vita, and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation
  4. The instructions for your goal statement are as follows: “Please share your reasons for pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will help you achieve those goals. Include any aspects of your experience, skills, and background which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your fit for the program for which you are applying. Your goal statement should be a maximum of 750 words.”

In the Academic History section of the online application, please request that official transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended are sent to GRADCAS. If your previous institution is unable to send transcripts electronically, please contact an Admissions & Recruitment Manager at 412-648-2230 or

Applicants may be eligible for a need-based application fee waiver due to:

  • Pell eligibility within the last three years
  • Recent participation in federal, state, or local programs that aid students from low-income families
  • Qualification for public assistance
  • Otherwise demonstrable financial hardship, including emergency expenses or unexpected medical bills

If you believe that you are eligible for a need-based fee waiver, please submit your request HERE. Our admissions staff will review your request, and reach back out to assist you in completing your application. The School of Education reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.

Additional Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs

For Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) applicants:

  1. Completion of Documentation of 30 hours of Education-Related Experience Form.
  2. Completion of our Online Transcript review.
  3. For Foreign Language Education applicants – Completion of an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to be scheduled through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL).
  4. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all teacher education candidates to be U.S. citizens or to hold a resident alien (green card) with the expressed intent to become a U.S. citizen. This applies to all teacher education programs except for foreign language education.
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