Top Graduate Education Profiles

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.

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

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.

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Master’s of Education (Ed.M, 1 yr FT)
2 doctoral programs (Ed.L.D. and Ph.D.)
App. deadlines: Dec 1 to Jan 5
Notification by late March
Avg work exp: 4.3 yrs

Est. Avg. GRE: Ph.D. (Ed.M.)
Quant: 159 (155)
Verbal: 167 (163)
Writing: 5.0 (4.6)

Stanford University

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MA (STEP, 1 yr FT)
(Doctoral programs also available)
App. deadline: Dec 3 (Ph.D.) Jan 10 (MA)

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 162
Writing: 4.8

UCLA GSEIS

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Master of Education (M.Ed., 2 yr FT)
Other masters and doctoral programs offered.
App. deadline: Dec 1

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 153
Verbal: 159
Writing: 4.4

Teachers College

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MA, M.Ed. (1 yr FT or longer PT)
Doctoral programs also offered.
Most programs offer fall, spring and summer matriculations.
Fall Deadlines
Doctoral: Dec 1
Masters (priority): Dec 31

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

Vanderbilt University Peabody College

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Various M.Ed. and doctoral degree options
App. deadlines: Nov. 1 for spring, Dec 31. for summer and fall

Est. Avg. GRE: Masters (Doc)
Quant: 154 (155)
Verbal: 157 (160)
Writing: 4.6 (4.8)

Graduate School of Education - University of California

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M.A. (2 yr FT)
Doctoral programs also offered.
App. deadlines
M.A.: Dec 3 and 17 (depending on program)
Doctoral: Dec 3

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 154
Verbal: 159
Writing: 4.8

University of Wisconsin – Madison

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MSPE (2 yr PT)
Doctoral programs offered.
App. deadline: May 1

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 153
Verbal: 156
Writing: 4.4

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

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M.S.Ed (1 yr FT)
M.Phil., Ed.D. and Ph.D. also offered
App. deadlines: Non executive Ed.D. Ph.D. deadlines are December 5. Masters applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage you to apply by mid spring.

Est. Avg. GRE: Masters (Ph.D.)
Quant: 156 (157)
Verbal: 158 (160)
Writing: 4.0 (4.5)

The School of Education
The University of Michigan

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M.A. and M.S.
Doctoral programs available.

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 155
Verbal: 156
Writing: 4.4

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 November 2018.