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Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

The master’s degree programs are offered through The University of Scranton's Panuska College of Professional Studies. Applicants to these programs must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution; however, the degree need not be in education. 

Anyone who wants to take a class, but is not working toward earning a degree from The University of Scranton is considered a non-degree-seeking student. The University of Scranton accepts non-degree-seeking students in each of its eight-week sessions. Non-degree-seeking students take the same classes as degree-seeking students and enjoy the same instructor-lead e-learning classroom environment. Non-degree-seeking students fall into one of three categories: self-improvement, administration certification-only and transfer-of-credit. All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Admissions Requirements


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Self-Improvement Requirements

If you wish to take courses but are not seeking a degree or certification, you will be classified as a self-improvement student. As a self-improvement student, you may earn no more than nine credits from The University of Scranton, and admission is limited to one academic year. If you wish to extend this admission status beyond one academic year, you must obtain written authorization from the Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. Please remember, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to take graduate-level courses at The University of Scranton.

If you are accepted as a self-improvement student, you must meet all prerequisite requirements for your chosen courses. For more information on prerequisites, contact a program representative toll free at 855-300-1471.

Required Materials to Apply as a Self-Improvement Student

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of Intentions
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Copy of teaching credential (Private or parochial school teachers who do not hold a valid teaching certificate may submit a letter of confirmation from their school or district administrator.)
  • Official transcripts from every university attended
  • International students may be required to provide additional documentation, including:
    1. Proof of residency
    2. Proof of English proficiency
    3. Certified credential evaluation

Administrative Certification-Only Requirements

You must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to take graduate-level courses at The University of Scranton.

For more information on administration certification requirements, contact a program representative at 800-605-5346.

Required Materials to Apply as an Administration Certification-Only Student

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of Intentions
  • Three letters of reference from former professors, school or district administrative staff, fellow teachers and/or others you’ve worked with in a professional capacity. One of these letters must be from an administrator or supervisor.
  • 1-2 page resume
  • Copy of teaching credential (Private or parochial school teachers who do not hold a valid teaching certificate may submit a letter of confirmation from their school or district administrator.)
  • Official transcripts from every university attended
  • Signed and dated program plan
  • International students may be required to provide additional documentation, including:
    1. Proof of residency
    2. Proof of English proficiency
    3. Certified credential evaluation

Transfer-of-Credit Requirements

If you are enrolled in a graduate degree program at another accredited university and are planning to use The University of Scranton’s online classes to fulfill requirements at your home institution, you will be classified as a transfer-of-credit student. As a transfer-of-credit student, you may earn up to nine credits per year from The University of Scranton. You must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to take graduate-level courses at The University of Scranton.

Please remember, after grades are posted at the end of a session, you must contact the Registrar’s Office at The University of Scranton to have a copy of your transcript mailed to your home academic institution. Transcripts will not be sent to other institutions automatically.

If you are accepted as a transfer-of-credit student, you must meet all prerequisite requirements for your chosen courses. For more information on prerequisites, contact a program representative toll free at 855-300-1471.

Required Materials to Apply as a Transfer-of-Credit Student

  • Completed application form
  • Statement of Intentions
  • Letter from the dean or registrar of your home college or university verifying your status as a student in good academic and financial standing at that institution
  • 1-2 page resume
  • International students may be required to provide additional documentation, including:
    1. Proof of residency
    2. Proof of English proficiency
    3. Certified credential evaluation

Degree Seeking Admissions Requirements


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Required Materials

  • Copy of current teacher certification OR letter of confirmation for uncertified private or parochial teachers
  • Completed application form
  • Statement of Intentions
  • Official transcripts from every university attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 page resume
  • International applicants:
    • Score from TOEFL or IELTS
      (STEP for Japanese applicants)
    • Certified credential evaluation
    • Student VISA (if applicable)

Students are assigned to one of the following classifications at the time of admission:

  • Regular
  • Special
  • Probationary, Application
  • Probationary, Academic
  • Probationary, Application and Academic