Applicants to any of the department's degree programs must satisfy the following admission requirements. Applicants also must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

General Deadlines

  • MA programs will start reviewing applications February  1    
  • PhD program will start reviewing applications January 1  

Applicants must submit the following:

  • a completed graduate application form;
  • copies of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate college work;
  • official report of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test verbal and quantitative scores;
  • a statement of an applicant's reasons for seeking an advanced degree in the department, including a statement of personal career objectives; and
  • three current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant's prospects for completing the M.A. or Ph.D. and to assess the applicant's commitment to the profession.
  • International applicants must score at least 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The department may require applicants with lower TOEFL scores to complete University of Iowa course work in English language fluency. TOEFL scores must be submitted with the application for admission.

Applications must be complete before they can be reviewed. Applicants are responsible for providing a complete application dossier; to check on whether an application dossier is complete, contact the College of Education Office of Student Services. Applicants are notified in writing after their applications have been reviewed. Applicants who are accepted must reply in writing in order to maintain their admission status.