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Applying for an MS or MEd/PreAL in Educational Leadership

Students are admitted to the College of Education educational leadership major on a competitive basis. The major has a restricted enrollment; therefore, not all students who meet the minimum requirements are admitted.

Applications for the MS program are accepted for Spring or Fall terms only. To apply, please follow directions below.

Application deadlines:

Spring term start: March 1
Fall term start: July 1

MEd + PreAL:
Summer term start: March 1

UO Admissions Application ($75 non-refundable application fee for new students; $90 application fee for international students)

Essential application information:

  • School or College: Education
  • Major: Educational Leadership (EDLD)
  • Emphases to which you are applying
  • Admission term and year

Students who are applying to multiple graduate programs at the UO need to start the applications, pay the first application fee, and then contact the Graduate School with a request for a fee waiver.  

Students who have been admitted previously to the UO Graduate School and have registered for credits the term they were admitted should still fill out the Admissions Application. The form will ask if you have ever enrolled as an admitted graduate student at the UO; saying yes to this will automatically waive the application fee.

Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts
In addition to uploading a copy of a transcript from any college or university from which you earned a degree into your online GradWeb application, you also need to provide an official copy of these transcripts to UO Admissions. The transcript(s) must confirm the awarding of degree(s) received. Please arrange to have these transcripts received by UO Admissions by the application deadline EITHER via:

    Official hard copy (paper transcript in a sealed envelope):
    Office of Admissions
    1217 Unviersity of Oregon
    Eugene OR 97403-1217
    Phone: 1-800-BE-A-DUCK


    Official electronic copy (Link to official transcript sent to UO Admissions via email directly from the degree-granting institution): (link sends e-mail)

Minimum GPA from most recent degree: 3.00

Three Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must provide current name and email information for three individuals capable of determining your potential for success in our graduate program. Previous supervisors, faculty, or advisors are the best candidates to write these letters.  Requests for references will then be sent automatically to the email addresses provided.  

Personal Goal Statement
The personal statement is a key document in the application process. In it, the applicant describes his or her purpose in pursuing a masters in education. The statement should discuss any personal skills and experiences that help explain the applicant’s aspirations for the professional degree in education. The application should highlight his/her education background; work experience; and, most importantly, future goals that directly relate to the emphasis choice.

A current resume or CV is an essential piece of the overall application. Please include the following information and format the document to represent the most recent activity first:

1. Education, including degree and institution (include graduation dates)
2. Work experiences in education
3. Presentations at conferences or workshops
4. Publications, if any
5. Organizational affiliations
6. Any other relevant professional information

Writing Sample(s)
A writing sample allows faculty to ascertain applicants’ skill in writing technical arguments that articulate a perspective and provide supportive logic.

Select and respond to an article from an educational journal related to your area of interest in education. Endorse or refute the article in a manner that displays logic, clarity of thought and writing, and an understanding of the issue(s) anchored to your perspective.

The writing sample should demonstrate how well you can analyze or synthesize and critically reflect on information. It should also display strong independent thinking as well as excellent writing skills. The writing sample should be about 8-10 pages long.

In addition to the writing sample above, students have the option to submit one or more additional samples of scholarly writing (e.g., course papers, articles, essays).

Transferring Credits

Admitted Master's students at the University of Oregon may request to transfer a maximum of 15 graduate credits into their master's degree program. Credit transfer requests must be submitted with the student’s original application or no later than the end of the first term. These credits will count as electives and will not fulfill required coursework. *Note: Transfer credits must have occurred within seven years of degree completion term.

For a detailed policy, please see the Graduate School Policy on Transfer of Credits for Master’s Students and use the Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit form.

Office of Admissions Requirements

Submit UO Admissions items to:

1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217
Phone: 1-800-BE-A-DUCK
Fax: (541) 346-5815

1. Transcripts
One additional official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended. The transcript(s) must confirm the awarding of degree(s) received.

2. International StudentsInternational Students should also visit the Graduate School's website and follow the instructions listed there to submit additional requirements.

This electronic document supersedes all previous versions and is subject to change.