Graduate Admissions

All applications are completed online through the Office of Admissions

Applicants who do not meet requirements for admission may be admitted under probationary status. Students will need to achieve at least a 3.0 GPA during their first nine hours in order to remain in the program.

NOTE: All admissions decisions are under the purview of the academic program and its faculty, and meeting minimum qualification criteria does NOT guarantee admissions.

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Master's Degree Admission Requirements
  • Graduate School Admissions Requirements for the Master's program can be found in the UTA Graduate Catalog.
  • Applicants seeking admission to ELPS programs must submit three recommendation forms to the department. The required Recommendation Form is available for download here.
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Admission to the K-16 Educational Leadership Ph.D. program requires admission to both the Graduate School and the Department.
  • Graduate School Admissions Requirements for the Doctoral program can be found in the UTA Graduate Catalog.
Admissions Criteria - Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Submission of Application Materials

Submit application and pay application fee online:

Submit the following directly to the UTA Office of Graduate Studies (address below):

  • Official copies of transcripts from all previous colleges attended
  • GRE scores (optional for Master's students)
  • TOEFL scores (if native language is not English)

Teacher certification candidates only, submit a Content Declaration form directly to the COEd advising office (

Office of Graduate Studies
UTA Box 19167
701 S Nedderman Dr
Davis Hall, Suite 333
Arlington, TX 76019

All students, including those enrolled in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master’s program, must meet qualifications specified in Texas Administrative Code §227.10 in order to participate in educator preparation programs. Per §227.10, the minimum overall grade point average is 2.5 or at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Students who do not meet the grade point average requirement should consult with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies graduate advisor to determine their eligibility.

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: Click Here

  • Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.
  • Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.