Admissions Overview

The USC Rossier School of Education maintains the same high admissions criteria for our online programs as for our on-campus programs. We seek candidates whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise to start or further a successful career as a teacher.

USC Rossier Online programs start four times throughout the year (January, March, May and September). Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are happy to help you throughout the application process so that you can be considered for your preferred start date. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 1.888.628.1872.

Important Dates

Early Decision Deadline 1 June 23, 2014 
Early Application Deadline 2 July 7, 2014
Application Deadline July 21, 2014
Classes Start September 1, 2014


Early Decision Deadline 1 October 13, 2014 
Early Application Deadline 2 October 27, 2014
Application Deadline November 10, 2014
Classes Start January 5, 2015
1 If you fully complete your application prior to the Early Decision Deadline, you will receive an early admissions decision and receive a reduced application fee of $45. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for details.
2 If you apply prior to the Early Application Deadline, you will receive a reduced application fee of $45.


Application Requirements

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • Personal essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended

International applicants may be asked to complete additional requirements for admission. See requirements for international applicants here.

If you have questions about these requirements, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1.888.628.1872.

Online Application

The online application includes questions about your personal, academic and professional background. To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the recognized international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. While the Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose academic background demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, prior coursework in education is not required.

Application Fee

The USC application fee is $85.

Personal Essays

The application includes three required essays, which allow the Admissions Committee to gain a deeper understanding of your past experiences and professional goals. In addition, the essays allow you to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.

Employment Information

You will be asked to provide information about past employment and upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required for the Master of Arts in Teaching program; three letters are required for the Master of Education in Teacher Leadership. Letters should come from supervisors and colleagues who can comment on significant contributions you have made in your workplaces or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.


Sealed, official academic transcripts must be sent directly from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including any community college coursework. Please send all transcripts to:

USC Rossier Online Admissions
8201 Corporate Dr., Suite 900
Landover, MD 20785

Electronic transcripts, secured with a digital certificate/signature, are acceptable and will result in quicker receipt. Your institution(s) must notify the Admissions Office via email to download the electronic PDF transcript from a secure website. Please have the transcript notification emailed directly to your Admissions Counselor.

You will be asked to provide written authorization giving your consent to release your academic records, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

International Applicants

If your prior study was completed outside of the United States, you must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission.

If your native language is not English and you do not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, you will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL iBT® (TOEFL Internet-based Test).

The Admissions Committee also may require that you complete an oral interview to assess your English communication skills. Because the program content is delivered in English, it is critical to have the ability to understand course materials and collaborate with classmates and faculty. Oral interviews may be arranged in person, by telephone or through Web-based video conferencing.

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