Admission Requirements for Master in Education Programs

The personnel in the School of Education and Child Development office are available to assist you with information regarding graduate programs at Drury. 

Contact: Dr. Asikaa Cosgrove, Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: (417) 873-7806

Drury University
Graduate Programs Office
Burnham 200
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

Applicants for admission to graduate study must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Before enrolling in any course, all applicants must have begun the admission process to the graduate education program. The admission process/requirements for the master in education programs are as follows (International Graduate Student Admission Process):

  1. A completed online application form.

  2. $25 non-refundable application fee. The fee is paid online (credit card or e-check) upon completion of the online application form.

  3. Grade point average requirement:

    Master in Education: A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required from the institution conferring the baccalaureate degree.

    Drury Alternative Track in Special Education (DATSE): Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above using transcripts from ALL prior institutions. Please submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges where courses were taken so Drury can calculate cumulative GPA.

  4. Unless previously accepted into an approved graduate program, each applicant must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test is used as a guide for determining full admission to the program and for advisor counseling. The GRE is a computer-based test taken at an external testing center (see link above) and scores are sent directly to the university approximately 10-14 days from the date of the test.

    International applicants are required to meet additional requirements for transcript evaluation and English proficiency.

    *Effective June 2017, the GRE will no longer be required for Master in Education applicants.

  5. A personal statement should be submitted to The personal statement should not exceed two pages in length. The applicant should discuss the desire to pursue a graduate degree in education and how the degree will support professional and career goals. The applicant should display the ability to write a high-quality narrative coherently and professionally.

  6. Two letters of recommendation should be submitted directly from the recommenders to Letters of recommendation should be submitted by individuals who can speak to the applicant's ability to work in a professional setting, may have knowledge regarding the applicant's ability to pursue a graduate degree, and can provide examples of the applicant's effectiveness working in the field of education. References should have an idea of what the applicant's academic and career goals are and apply what they know about the applicant's ability to achieve those goals. Family members and friends are not acceptable references.

  7. Applicants seeking admission to an alternative certification program, DATSE, must also complete an interview with the Dean of the School of Education and Child Development. 

Students are admitted or denied admission on the following basis:

  1. Regular standing – an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher and a Graduate Record Examination test score; or, an undergraduate grade point average lower than 2.75 with a qualifying score on the Graduate Record Examination. Note that for programs leading to certification, the cumulative grade point average must be 2.75 or above.

  2. Conditional standing – those students who have applied for admission who have been allowed temporary registration (up to nine credit hours) as a special graduate student while their credentials are being evaluated and eligibility for admission is being established. It is expected that students in this classification will become students in regular standing when their applications are processed and approved. Financial aid is not available without full admission in regular standing.

  3. Denial of admission – failure to meet the requirements listed above or such other reasons considered valid by the Graduate Education Council in individual cases.

Students in good standing in a recognized graduate school who wish to take graduate courses at Drury University must submit a letter from the institution where the degree work is being taken authorizing the student to register for a particular course or courses.

There are no application deadlines, but due to limited enrollment, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for the coming semester or summer term. Normally, students enter the Master in Education programs in the fall semester (August), but they may enter in the spring semester (January) or summer (June) as well.