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Applying For a M.S. 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 M.S. program are accepted on a continuous basis. To apply, please follow directions below. Completed application materials must be received at least four weeks prior to the course registration date of the application term.

Note: Canada M.Ed. applications are due February 15 (Spring term start) or November 15 (Winter term start).

UO Admissions Application ($50 non-refundable application fee for new 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.

EDLD Department Admission Requirements

Submit department items to:

Angela Pellerin
Student Services Coordinator 

Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership 

via U.S. MAIL:
5267 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5267

via COURIER or in person:
Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership
102 Lokey Education Building
University of Oregon

Official Transcripts
One official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended. The transcript(s) must confirm the awarding of degree(s) received. Submitting an unofficial UO transcript is acceptable. 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.

International Students

International Students (excluding Canadian students) must submit evidence of competence in English-language reading and writing. This can be done in one of two different ways: 

  • Proficiency exam:  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • Certification of graduation from a four-year post- secondary institution. 

Required minimum TOEFL scores:

  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 585 or better
  • Computer-based TOEFL score of 233 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of 88-89 or better

TOEFL scores from up to two years from the date of admission are accepted. Request that your scores be sent to Educational Leadership (institutional code 4846, department code 85).

Required minimum IELTS scores:

  • Overall score of 7.0

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 Students
International Students need to also submit the following items listed below  to the UO Admissions Office.  You can find more information under Information for International Students at the Graduate School website.   

  • Financial Verification (please refer to the above link for further detail about this section)
  • 1-20 information (to enter the US)
  • Visa Matters
  • Certificate of graduation
  • TOEFL scores

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