Admissions Requirements

Applicants should submit all materials to the:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Admission applications are due on November 1 for spring and June 1 for fall. Applications can be completed and submitted online. You can also download, complete, and mail the application to the above address.

The Special Education Program will recommend for admission those applicants who present evidence of their ability to do graduate work with distinction. Such evidence will include:

  1. A letter of intent, clearly explaining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study in the field of moderate disabilities.
  2. A curriculum vitae A distinguished undergraduate transcript, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Score report of the Communications and Literacy Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Out-of-state applicants may submit scores from either the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination. Please note: While MTEL scores are required, the MAT and/or GRE is waived if the applicant already holds a graduate degree in a related field in the United States.
  4. Three letters of recommendation submitted by individuals who are knowledgeable about teaching students with disabilities, who have worked closely with the applicant, and who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s teaching skills and academic performance.
  5. A writing sample indicating the applicant’s ability to write in a clear, concise, and professional manner. This sample may be in the form of a recent term paper. The writing sample should NOT be an Individualized Education Program (IEP), an evaluation report, or a lesson/unit plan. The College of Education and Human Development has as its basic goal that the students who graduate are thoughtful and responsive educators, committed to change for social justice. NOTE: This writing sample is in addition to the statement of intent requirement for the Special Education Program.