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2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Educational Studies and Research), M.S.

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The M.S. program in Educational Studies and Research provides students with an introduction to social science research design, statistics, and the foundations of education. The program is intended to help those enrolled further develop their abilities to think and write critically, interpret qualitative and quantitative data, and understand various educational research methodologies. The M.S. is a non-licensure program that prepares students for entry-level research positions in a variety of settings including community colleges, universities, and policy-making organizations. It also provides a graduate foundation for those interested in pursuing advanced study at the doctoral level.


  Required Criteria Supplementary Criteria*
  GRE official scores interview
  GPA on previous undergraduate other official standardized test scores
    work writing sample
  three letters of recommendation**  
  a letter of interest and professional goals  
  vita or résumé  
  TOEFL scores, if International  

*Supplementary materials may be submitted at the student’s discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

** Letters should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Plan of Study. During the first semester, students will schedule a program planning meeting with their assigned advisor. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study forms are available at

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the continuous enrollment and time limitation requirements specified in this Bulletin.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All faculty holding regular or associate graduate faculty status must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page: Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam will be given at or near the conclusion of coursework.


To complete the master's degree, students must

  1. maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average,
  2. complete all coursework,
  3. pass the comprehensive examination, and
  4. earn no more than one grade of C or below in any course.

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