Admissions Requirements:
Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online

Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Graduate Admissions
Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.102
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the graduate program, prospective candidates must first meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, as well as the other requirements listed below:

  1. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours for clear admission; 2.75 - 2.99 GPA for Conditional Admission.
  2. Official Transcripts.
  3. Vita/Resume that includes educational background and work experience.
  4. Personal statement of two pages by responding to the following guiding questions:
    • Why do you want to pursue an educational leadership degree?
    • What leadership activities have you accomplished in the past especially as it relates within your teacher career?
    • What personal attributes do you possess that would help you succeed in your educational journey to complete the degree?
  5. Video presentation – Develop a 15-minute video presentation that exhibits how you use student performance data to improve instruction.

    How to Submit the Video You need to submit a link (URL) to your video (such as on or your own website), not the video file itself, and add the link to a Word document. You’ll need to upload the word document to the application. Do not secure your video with a password. Alternatively, we recommend you have the video unlisted. In YouTube, there are three privacy settings: Public, Private, and Unlisted. Please select, Unlisted.
    • Public – the default setting and anyone can see your video.
    • Private – only available to those invited and must have their own YouTube accounts.
    • Unlisted – requires a direct link to be able to see your video and does not require a YouTube account to view. (Select this option)

  6. Clear Criminal Background Check (CBC).
  7. Two years of teaching experience.
  8. Copy of Educator Certificate.
  9. Copy of Teacher Service Record.

The application for admission must be submitted before the published deadline. The application is available at

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and international applicants:

*Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

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