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Admissions Requirements

Saint Mary's Online M.A. in Special Education

Applying for an online master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the first step toward helping learners of all types reach their goals—and improving your marketability in the process. By submitting all required application materials, you'll help us see what makes you stand out. Beyond the basics like your GPA, we're interested in what special experiences or career goals make you a great fit for our online special education master's program.

Below you'll find all required admissions information. Take a look, request more information, and apply today.





Saint Mary's online M.A. in Special Education program requires the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • The language proficiency to succeed in graduate-level classes

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may be admitted by provisional status upon program director approval.


GMAT and GRE scores not required.


You may transfer a maximum of six semester credits earned before admittance upon recommendation of the program director and with approval of the dean.

All transfer credits are subject to both graduate school and programmatic criteria, and recommendation of the program director and with the approval of the dean.


Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.

Saint Mary's accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0.


Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in person with a Saint Mary's enrollment counselor, your application must include the following items:

  • $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  • Official transcripts: Must be sent separately and directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.
  • A written statement: Describe your personal background, training, career goals, and experience as related to your interest in special education. Highlight your unique strengths and potential areas of growth that could be improved through a special education degree program with Saint Mary's.
  • Letters of reference: Two letters of reference or recommendation that verify your academic ability and professional or volunteer experience.
  • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

Send transcripts to:

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Online Processing Center
1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL 60523


We offer three start dates per year for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Priority Application Deadlines:

  • December 7, 2018
  • April 6, 2019
  • August 2, 2019

Applicants with completed applications by this priority date will be guaranteed a required admissions interview and will be considered for acceptance into the upcoming semester.

Regular Application Deadlines:

  • December 17, 2018
  • April 15, 2019
  • August 9, 2019

Applicants with completed applications by this date will not be guaranteed consideration for the upcoming semester, but may be considered for this or a future semester pending timing and enrollment capacity.

Note: Applications are considered complete when they have been submitted with the $25 application fee and all required materials including official transcript(s) with the applicant’s degree and two letters of recommendation have been received. All applicants will be contacted by program staff to schedule a required enrollment interview.


Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary's online Master's in Special Education:

  • January 7, 2019
  • May 6, 2019


Once you've submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

If you have further questions, request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954. Saint Mary's is here to support you every step of the way.