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To apply for the Graduate Studies Program at the TCU College of Education, please complete the online application. Please consult the individual program pages regarding specific application requirements. For more information please call the Office of Graduate Studies at 817-257-7661.


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The graduate application consists of:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts (official e-transcripts may be sent to
  • Optional: Official GRE Test Scores
  • Resume
  • Academic/Professional Objectives Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two of the letters should be from individuals who can comment on applicant's academic performance and/or potential to reach professional goals)
  • Teaching Certificate and Service Record required for applicants seeking school counselor, principal, or superintendent certification
  • Official TOEFL scores for non-native English speakers
  • On-line Criminal Background Check* (not required for Curriculum Studies Ph.D., Higher Education Leadership M.Ed., Higher Education Ed.D., or Education Leadership Ph.D.: Higher Ed. Emphasis applications)

*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 §227.1).

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.

Master’s Programs

  • January 2 – priority deadline for fall admission to Educational Leadership M.Ed.: Higher Education Emphasis (Graduate Assistantship applicants only)
  • February 1 – deadline for summer/fall admission to Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.Ed. and Human Services M.Ed.
  • March 1 – deadline for summer/fall admission
  • November 16 – deadline for spring admission (available for Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed. and Special Education M.Ed.)

Ph.D. Programs

  • December 1 –  Priority deadline
  • February 1 –  Final deadline
  • February 29 - Final deadline for Educational Leadership PhD: PK-12 Emphasis only

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program

  • December 1 – Priority deadline
  • February 1 – Final deadline

Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership program

  • December 1 – Priority deadline
  • February 1 – Final deadline

TCU is committed to providing a positive learning, living and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. As a result, TCU prohibits a range of behaviors, including unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related sexual and other misconduct based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status, and any other basis protected by law, except as permitted by law. See TCU’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.

If you feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against during the admissions process, you may report your concerns to TCU’s Office of Institutional Equity. See TCU’s Policy on Responding to Reports of Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Retaliation.

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.