Admissions Requirements:
Master of Education in Special Education Online

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

Step #2: Official transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted to UTRGV’s Graduate College. Please request your official transcripts be sent either 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

*Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

To be admitted to the graduate program in special education, 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 in the last 60 semester credit hours.
    If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, the applicant will be evaluated holistically through reflecting professional goals, GPA, professional success from resume, and success on related prior course work to determine whether they meet the criteria for clear or conditional admission.

  2. Two letters of recommendation.

  3. Letter of intent.

  4. Resume.

  5. Demonstrated knowledge of special education or knowledge of individual differences through (a) state certification in special education; (b) three hours of undergraduate coursework in special education with a grade of ‘B’ or better; or (c) coursework in a related field such as psychology, early childhood education, or speech pathology.

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.

Check Program Availability in Your State

Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers. Please review Check Program Availability in Your State for more details.

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