Aug 11, 2020  
2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin 
2014-2015 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Social Justice), M.S.

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The M.S. program in Education with emphasis in Social Justice focuses on the application of critical theory to understanding the educational context. Principles of critical research, educational praxis, and urban education are taught in an applied context in order to provide a liberatory educational experience for diverse learners of all ages and backgrounds. The M.S. is a non-licensure program for students who desire advanced knowledge and skills not only in broad-based areas of education, but in social justice and equity studies. 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 or IELTS 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.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Education

All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RSIE 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 of 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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