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Online Master of Science in Education in Special Education - Admissions Requirements

All applicants must submit the following items to be considered for admission to the online MSEd in Special Education program from Purdue:

  • A telephone interview with an Admissions Advisor
  • An updated resume
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended, including transfer credits
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Three professional letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your abilities
  • A 500 word minimum personal statement that outlines your professional background and future goals. Your Admissions Advisor will provide additional details
  • A completed application form
  • A $60 application fee ($75 international)
  • Scores from a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that are less than 5 years old
    • Purdue University’s code for the GRE application is 1631, scores must be sent electronically.
    • The GRE may not be required under the following conditions:
      • Applicant already possesses an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and graduated with a cumulative grade-point average that is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
      • Applicant’s undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Please contact an admissions counselor to discuss your specific admissions requirements.

Requirements for International Students

International applicants must provide the following information during the application process, in addition to the materials outlined above.

  • For those who attended higher education institutions in non-English-speaking countries, official university transcripts or diplomas, in the original language and in English translation.
  • Students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS or PT Academic.

The score requirements for the MSEd in Special Education program are as follows:

TOEFL (less than two years old)
Paper-Based (PBT) Minimum of 550
Internet-Based (IBT) Overall Score Required 77
Section Minimum Requirements
Reading 19
Listening 14
Speaking 18
Writing 18
Type Academic Module
Minimum Score 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Type Academic Module
Minimum Score 58

Admission into the MSEd in Special Education program is based upon the above criteria, as well as individual experience and the applicant’s “fit” with the program.