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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. Complete the recommendation request form and supply the names of two professional and/or academic references.

    If recommendation forms are sent via mail, they must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies (address listed below) by the person providing the recommendation of the applicant.

  6. 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 submission of satisfactory admission materials. Note that for programs leading to certification, the cumulative grade point average of all institutions attended 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.