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Graduate Education Programs

graduate education programs

The right graduate education programs can help you achieve your career goals!

Graduate education programs prepare students for a variety of career tracks in and out of the classroom. Schools of education offer a wide variety of programs and degrees. Some focus on bringing young educators into the field, or on helping professionals from other fields make a career change to education. Others focus on deepening mid-career teachers’ knowledge of educational, management, and subject theory and practice, with the goal of further advancing their careers or of moving into specialties such as curriculum development or administration.

The following table lists some schools of education with highly regarded graduate programs. (Most schools offer doctoral programs as well.) This is by no means a complete list of outstanding education programs. There are many other schools and universities that are worth considering, especially if you are interested in an educational specialization or are committed to staying within a certain geographical area. For more information about applying to graduate education programs, see the lower part of this page.

Graduate Education Programs Notes
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Admissions Office
118 Longfellow Hall
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: (617) 495-3414

Master’s of Education (Ed.M, 1 yr FT)
(2 doctoral programs also offered)

App. deadline: Jan 4
Notification by late March

Avg work exp: 4.7 yrs

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 159
Writing: 4.6

Stanford University
Graduate School of Education
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: (650) 723-2109
Email form

MA (STEP, 1 yr FT)
(Doctoral programs also available)

App. deadline: Jan 12

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 157
Verbal: 161
Writing: 5.0

2043 Moore Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: (310) 825-8326

Master of Education (M.Ed., 2 yr FT)
Other masters and doctoral programs offered.

App. deadline: Dec 1

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 154
Verbal: 157
Writing: 4.4

Teachers College
Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 678-3710

MA, MS M.Ed. (1 yr FT or longer PT)
Doctoral programs offered too.

Most programs offer fall, spring and summer matriculations.

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 156
Writing: 4.5

Vanderbilt University Peabody College
Peabody #327
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203-5721

Phone: (615) 322-8410

Various M.Ed. and doctoral degree options

App. deadlines: Nov. 1 for spring, Dec 31. for summer and fall

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 154
Verbal: 157
Writing: 4.6

Graduate School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
GSE Admissions Office
1600 Tolman Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: (510) 642-0841

M.A. (2 yr FT)
Doctoral programs also offered.

App. deadline: Dec 2

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 159
Writing: 4.9

School of Education
University of Wisconsin – Madison
377 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: (608) 262-1763

MSPE (2 yr PT)
Doctoral programs offered.

App. deadline: Feb. 1

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 154
Verbal: 156
Writing: 4.3

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Office of Admissions
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216

Phone: (215) 898-6415

M.S.Ed (1 yr FT)
M.Phil., Ed.D. and Ph.D. also offered

App. deadlines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage you to apply by mid spring.

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 156
Writing: 4.1

The School of Education
The University of Michigan
610 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

Phone: (734) 764-9470

M.A. (1 yr FT)
Doctoral programs available.

App. deadlines: Dec. 1, Feb. 1, Apr. 1

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 155
Verbal: 155
Writing: 4.3

Graduate education programs usually require two years of full-time study. Intensive, one-year programs are available for mid-career professionals. Many schools offer part-time programs for working professionals, and some have paired with local school systems to provide graduate training to new teachers recruited through alternative certification programs.

Admissions committees at schools of education usually like to see applicants who have some previous experience working in an educational setting. Work or volunteer experience as a tutor, leading a study group, or working as a camp counselor are some examples of relevant experience. This background shows familiarity with the realities of teaching and suggests that the applicant is truly committed to a career in education.

In choosing a graduate education program, it is important to think carefully about what you want out of your future work. A graduate degree program represents a significant investment of time and money. You will want to be sure that the program you choose will help you achieve your work and life goals. High turnover is one of the biggest problems afflicting the educational field – as many as 50% of new teachers leave the profession within five years. Making sure that you know what you want and understand what your chosen work will involve, and choosing a program that will give you the right preparation for that work, is a key first step in assuring that you do not become one of the ‘early outs.’

Note: The chart and graph were last updated in April 2016.