Master's & Ed Specialist Degrees


Application Steps by Degree


  • Master of Education (M.Ed) / Certificate

    CERTIFICATE ADMISSIONS - For those applying for a Certificate, the application process is exactly the same as below except no GRE scores are required.

    Note to out-of-state students wishing to enroll in online courses and degree offerings. The University of Virginia is currently working to comply with federal regulations that require it (and all other higher education institutions) to receive official state authorization to offer courses to students physically located outside of Virginia. At present, due to these state authorization regulations, U.Va. Curry School can only accept online course and degree applications from students in approved states which are listed here.

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at Curry vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions Requirements
    • Term of entry
    • On-Grounds/Off-Grounds availability
    • Additional deadlines
    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to Curry

    Entrance test requirements vary by program and are listed on the Program Page under "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements".

    • Test scores are just one part of the decision process. We take a holistic review of applications and associate different relative weights to the parts of the application.
    • The average GRE scores for applicants admitted to a master's program for fall 2016 were 156 verbal, 153 quantitative, and 4.5 writing.
    • If more than one test score is submitted, we will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official GRE scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    • Applicants my submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is B875. IELTS does not require an institutional code.
    • Expected scores:
      Paper-based TOEFL: 600
      Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
      IELTS: 7.0
      IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.
      All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.
    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information about the SPEAK Test is available at Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. If you are submitting an electronic transcript, please email it directly to gcurryadmission@virginia.edu. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all transcripts are received.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered unsubmitted until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 8: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the ApplyYourself web site. Remember, it takes approximately 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Post-Graduate Master of Teaching (M.T.)

    ** All application fees have been waived for M.T. students applying to start in 2020.

    The Post-graduate Master of Teaching degree is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree and are interested in teacher licensure.

    Step 1: Review program requirements

    Look over the Teacher Education program list to learn more about program options. Most Master of Teaching programs are on-grounds in Charlottesville, though there are two part-time, off-grounds options. Each program has different admissions requirements and deadlines. 


    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the Curry School

    All Applicants

    Applicants to the Master of Teaching program must also submit qualifying test scores on one of the exams listed on the Teacher Education website

    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820 for Praxis, 6911 for SAT scores, 8970 for ACT scores, and 059 for VCLA scores.

    International Students

    International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    Expected scores:

    • Paper-based TOEFL: 600
    • Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90

    Submission guidelines:

    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is B875. IELTS does not require an institutional code.
    • All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Note for UVA Undergraduate Students: During the second or third year, UVA undergraduate students may apply for early admission. The early admission application is different than the regular graduate application and can be accessed here.

    • The early application does not list all future terms, so choose the latest term you can. The Teacher Education office will determine your start term based on your transcript. 
    • You do not need to submit recommendations or transcripts on the early application. It is optional to attach a resume.

    Step 4: Submit your materials

    • Goal statement: This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.
    • Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through your online application. You can submit your application before the letters are received. Your recommenders should be able to speak to your potential as a graduate student and future teacher.
    • Transcripts: Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all to date transcripts are received.
    • Resume: A resume is an optional additional document. Many applicants submit a resume to share the ways in which they have engaged with youth, families, and the community.

    Step 5: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the Apply Yourself web site. Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Master of Business Administration / Master of Education (MBA/M.Ed)

    Step 1: Apply to Darden

    Students will apply and be admitted to the Darden School before applying to the Curry School of Education and Human Development. There is no specific application deadline for admission into the Curry M.Ed. dual program. Once accepted into Darden’s MBA program, applications to Curry are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Darden MBA application process.

    Step 2: Familiarize Yourself

    Make sure you know the appropriate deadlines, requirements, and timeframe of the MBA/MEd program. Spend some time exploring your program page to learn everything you will need to know before joining us at Curry.

    Step 3: Apply to Curry

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit”. Once your account has been created you can Login To Your Account anytime.

    Step 4: Submit your scores

    In order to make the application process more efficient, you may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores if you wish. Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation. Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820 for GRE scores. GMAT scores should be sent to code KC7-0X-86.

    Step 5: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 6: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member.

    Step 7: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts are received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to gcurryadmission@virginia.edu or mailed to the address on our admissions page under Mailing Guidelines at the bottom of the page.

    Step 8: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered unsubmitted until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 9: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the Apply Yourself web site. Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

    Note to out-of-state students wishing to enroll in online courses and degree offerings. The University of Virginia is currently working to comply with federal regulations that require it (and all other higher education institutions) to receive official state authorization to offer courses to students physically located outside of Virginia. At present, due to these state authorization regulations, U.Va. Curry School can only accept online course and degree applications from students in approved states which are listed here.

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at Curry vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions Requirements

    • Term of entry

    • On-Grounds/Off-Grounds availability

    • Additional deadlines

    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to Curry

    Entrance test requirements vary by program and are listed on the Program Page under "Prerequisites and Admission Requirements".

    • Test scores are just one part of the decision process. We take a holistic review of applications and associate different relative weights to the parts of the application.

    • If a program requires the GRE, the target scores are 150 verbal, 145 quantitative, 4.0 analytical writing.

    • If more than one test score is submitted, we will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.

    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    • Official GRE scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    • International students must submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores. Scores must not be more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia. For the TOEFL the institutional code is B875. IELTS does not require an institutional code.

    • Expected scores:
      Paper-based TOEFL: 600
      Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
      IELTS: 7.0
      IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.
      All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.

    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information about the SPEAK Test is available at Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC).

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.” Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through the online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts are received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to gcurryadmission@virginia.edu or mailed to the address on our admissions page under Mailing Guidelines at the bottom of the page.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered unsubmitted until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 8: Check application status

    Login to your account to check the status of your application. You can monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts through the ApplyYourself web site. Remember, it takes approximately 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

  • Master of Science in Athletic Training (M.S.A.T.)

    This major is a full-time cohort based major. Students must meet the admission standards outlined in the Curry School of Education and Human Development Admission Policies, which include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. However, if you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission you may use your SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the GRE. 

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs at Curry vary, be sure to spend time looking over your Program Page to learn more about your program, as well as verify details including:

    • Admissions requirements & prerequisites 
    • Term of entry
    • On-grounds/Off-grounds availability
    • Additional deadlines
    • Typical length of study

    Step 2: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the Curry School

    Students are required to submit one of the following:

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. GRE scores for students admitted for the 2016-17 academic year were at or above the 151 (verbal), 151 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing).
    • For applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission: SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the GRE score. Applicants who had SAT or ACT scores sent to the university previously do not need to have them re-sent.

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts showing degree conferral and official test scores are required prior to matriculation.

    Step 3: Create your account to apply online

    Applications for the Master of Science in Athletic Training are submitted through the ATCAS system. Create an Application Account to begin applying.

    Step 4: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 5: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendation. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member. You can submit your application before the letters are received.

    Step 6: Upload your transcripts

    Upload copies of transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. Unofficial copies are acceptable. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all to date transcripts are received.

    Step 7: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the application fee.

    Step 8: Check status of application

    Check the status of your application through ATCAS.  Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.