Graduate Admissions

To apply for the Graduate Studies Program at the TCU College of Education, please complete the online application.

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Please consult the individual program pages regarding specific application requirements. For more information, please refer to the links to the left or call the Office of Graduate Studies at 817-257-7661.

The graduate application consists of:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (official e-transcripts may be sent to
  • OPTIONAL for 2020-2021: Official GRE Test Scores (Within the past 5 years)
  • Resume
  • Academic/Professional Objectives Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Teaching Certificate and Service Record required for applicants seeking educational diagnostician, school counselor, principal, or superintendent certification
  • Official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers
  • On-line Criminal Background Check 1

1 A person who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a SBEC educator preparation program, or planning to take a certification exam may request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person’s potential ineligibility for certification due to a conviction or deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor offense (TAC §227.101c).

Upon receipt of your application, it will be processed according to TCU and College of Education policy. You will be notified of your acceptance or denial by letter. Admission letters include your TCU ID number and your assigned advisor. If you were admitted with conditions you must meet the conditions by the end of your first semester of enrollment. If the conditions cannot be met during that time, and you intend to continue in the program, you must request an extension in writing from the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

As of March 15, 2017, the Texas Education Agency Board requires the implementation of an Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs (ASEP) technology fee, as required by 19 TAC 229.9(7). This fee is required for each candidate seeking certification; the candidate must pay a $35 fee when admitted to the program. The fee will appear on your TCU student account and is non-refundable.

Application Deadlines

Master’s Programs

  • March 1 deadline for summer/fall admission
  • November 16 deadline for spring admission

Ph.D. Programs

  • February 1

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program

  • February 1  deadline for summer admission (next Cohort begins Summer 2021)

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership program

  • February 1 deadline for fall admission

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