Admissions Requirements: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

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Candidates who wish to apply to the Masters in Curriculum & Instruction program must meet the following requirements.

Prerequisites

  1.  Prerequisite Degree – The applicant must possess a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university if applying for a Masters Degree.
  2. Minimum GPA – The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the undergraduate level leading to the Bachelor Degree. An applicant who possesses a Masters Degree or has undertaken any graduate level work before applying must have an average of at least 3.0 in their graduate work. All calculations are based on a 4.0 scale.
  3. GRE Requirements – If the applicant is applying for a first masters degree – no GRE is required of applicants with at least a 3.0 overall in undergraduate degree program. If the applicant is applying for a second or additional masters degree program – no GRE is required with at least a 3.2 GPA in their previous graduate degree program. If the GRE is needed, the minimum GRE scores expected for this program are 960 total scores (Verbal plus Quantitative) and 4-4.5 Analytical Writing for the old test (new test scores: 151 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 4-4.5 Analytical Writing scores). If needed, the GRE test must have been taken within the last five years.
  4. Candidates who graduated from a non-accredited college or university or who do not meet the minimum grade point averages requirement for admission may be admitted by a committee of faculty members from the program to which the candidate applied based upon an evaluation of evidence submitted by the candidate. As a minimum, the evidence must address mastery of the knowledge prerequisite to the courses required by the program, acceptable writing skills, the ability to engage in critical thinking, and a personal commitment to completing the program. The evidence must convincingly demonstrate the candidate’s potential for success in graduate level work.
  5. Admission decisions may not be made on the basis of race, age, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.
  6. Candidates who are not accepted for admission into a Master’s Degree program may not apply to the same program for at least one academic semester. During that period, such applicants may be encouraged by the program to enroll in appropriate course work to develop the knowledge, skills, and values deemed necessary for admission into the program, or to demonstrate that the applicant already possesses such qualifications. Whether such course work may apply to the degree program is left to the discretion of the program. Completion of this course work does not guarantee admission into the program.
  7. Advanced standing for a limited amount of course work taken prior to admittance to the program is possible. Graduate course work completed 5 or more years prior to admission will not be applied to the requirements.
  8. Requirements of graduate study, as found in the University of Cincinnati Graduate Handbook (http://www.grad.uc.edu/) and the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services Graduate Handbook (http://www.cech.uc.edu/) must be followed.
Complete Online Application

Application

  • Application for Admission
  • Application fee ($65 domestic/$70 international)

Goal Statement

This goal Statement serves two purposes. It will be used as a sample of your writing quality and to insure goals match with the program. The applicant should explain specifically what areas she, he or they would like to study so that an appropriate advisor may be assigned to the applicant if admitted into the program. The focus of the goal statement is to have you highlight a focus area and explain why you want to attain your master’s degree. You can go into more detail about your teaching experiences (if you have been teaching). You can also discuss how you see an advanced degree impacting how you teach. Please include any goals you hope to achieve in the C&I program.


Resume

The submission should include the applicant’s name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.


Letters of Recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities. If possible, at least one letter should be from a faculty member in higher education.


Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. If the applicant attended the University of Cincinnati, transcripts must be provided.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores

If the applicant is applying for a first masters degree – no GRE is required of applicants with at least a 3.0 overall in undergraduate degree program.

If the applicant is applying for a second or additional masters degree program – no GRE is required with at least a 3.2 GPA in their previous graduate degree program.

If the GRE is needed, the minimum GRE scores expected for this program are 960 total scores (Verbal plus Quantitative) and 4-4.5 Analytical Writing for the old test (new test scores: 151 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 4-4.5 Analytical Writing scores). If needed, the GRE test must have been taken within the last five years.


TOEFL

International student applicants are required to provide specific information about their transcripts or degree programs to facilitate the applicant review process, including transcript translation and evaluation by a recognized translation/evaluation agency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or successful completion of ELS Level 112, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Expectations for TOEFL scores are a minimum of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79-80 (internet-based test); a minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 4.5; and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English. The TOEFL must have been taken within the two-year period preceding admission. An alternative test to TOEFL is the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. IELTS candidates are graded on their performance using scores from 1 to 9 ear each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score. The minimum band score on the IELTS is 7.0. The University of Cincinnati maintains an International Student Services Office (ISSO), which serves international students attending the University.

a.      Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar’s signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

b.     After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral. Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Chinese: http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn/

English:  http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

c.      Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:

Graduate School

University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall

P.O. Box 210627

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School

University of Cincinnati

2416 McMicken Circle

110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

For questions regarding international student information, contact the International Student Services Office at

(513) 556-4278, http://www.isso.uc.edu/

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