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Be sure to review the admissions information for both the university (step 1) and for your program (step 2). Most programs build upon the core requirements established by the university.

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Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
January 1 (summer and fall), November 1 (spring)

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Part 1: Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Domestic Application Information International Application Information

Most programs have additional requirements* beyond the Grad School application. Review Part 2: Apply to Program for admissions information specific to the EdS in Education (Special Education).

*For example, you may need to schedule an interview and/or submit additional documents such as writing samples, a CV or resume, or a statement of purpose. Some programs require an official transcript, not just the unofficial transcript as required by the University.

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Part 2: Apply to Program

For the EdS in Education (Special Education)

Applicants who meet all of the following requirements are eligible to apply:

  • Professional preparation
    Earned, or will have earned, a master's degree from an accredited institution; minimum of one year professional experience in special education or a closely related area.
  • GRE or Miller Analogies Test scores
    Minimum GRE results of 148 verbal and 148 quantitative; alternatively, applicants may choose to take the Miller Analogies Test. We require a minimum score of 408 for the Miller Analogies Test.
  • GPA
    Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate and graduate courses taken.
    International applicants will also need to score a minimum of 20 points each on the Speaking and Writing sections of the TOEFL with an overall minimum score of 80. Test scores must be within five years from the date of application.

Initial Admission Requirements

Students should complete the Graduate School application and attach the following required materials when prompted:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose: Students should outline their teaching philosophy, experience and career goals, not to exceed two single-spaced typed pages.
  • Resumé/vita


Potential students who are interested in participating in the PIPs Project, a joint effort between the Communication Sciences and Disorders program and the Special Education B-K program that provides interdisciplinary training to support young children with high intensity needs across a variety of settings, can apply for funding.

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Final Admission Requirements

After completing the initial admission requirements (see above), the applicant will be contacted by the department with names of potential faculty members with whom they may interview. An interview is required, and it is the applicant's responsibility to schedule interviews.

Admissions decisions will be based on the faculty's evaluation of undergraduate and graduate GPA, GRE (and TOEFL where relevant) scores, quality of essay, letters of recommendations, resumé, and interview(s).

The program faculty will review applications on an ongoing basis. Final acceptance into the program requires agreement by a faculty member to be the applicant's major professor.

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