Admissions Requirements

The School Administration Ed.S. Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have graduate work and experience commensurate with the student's objectives as evaluated by a committee appointed by the associate dean of the Bayh College of Education.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Have a graduate grade point average of 3.25 or above with no deficiencies in the area chosen for advanced graduate study.
  • Complete the General Tests of the Graduate Record Examinations, Graduate Management Admission Test, or Miller Analogies. As an alternative, applicants may substitute three years of successful experience as a school administrator for the Graduate Record Examinations, Graduate Management Admission Test, or Miller Analogies score requirement for admission.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation supporting the applicant's admission to the educational specialist degree program.
  • Hold or be eligible for the Standard License for either Elementary School Administration and Supervision or Secondary School Administration and Supervision.

Note: Students with strong credentials may be considered for admission even if one of 3, 4, or 5 is slightly below the standard. Admission requires the approval of the admissions committee, the departmental chairperson, and the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

GRE Information:

We do not have minimum performance expectations on the GRE nor do we use GRE scores in isolation from other components of your application given that the research on its use for admissions decisions emphasizes the benefits of the GRE in combination with other application elements. However, stronger scores are always more advantageous than weaker scores. Thus, we advise that students take the time to adequately prepare for the exam, including purchasing a test prep guide, and/or consider taking a test prep course. Guide materials can be obtained from most bookstores.

The GRE can be scheduled and taken at any Sylvan or Prometric Learning Center and your unofficial scores will be available to you immediately after the exam given that the test is taken on computer. Please email your unofficial scores to the EDLR Office immediately after taking the exam to: since your official scores will generally not be received by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for approximately 3 weeks.