Application Process

With the exception of the GRE requirement, the application process is identical for both degree programs as well as non-degree licensure tracks. Consult the list below for an overview of the application process.

All materials listed below are required before a decision can be made regarding admission to the program. A recommendation regarding your admissibility will be made by the Graduate College within 30 days after you have submitted all application materials. A review of incomplete applications is made quarterly, and your file will be withdrawn from active application status if you do not complete the admission procedures. 

Online Application Requirements

The BGSU Graduate Admissions page (including the online application) can be accessed by clicking here and will require the following five pieces of information.

1. Transcripts

Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) work are required.

2. GRE Scores

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the past five years are required. Target composite score of 800+ (or 280+ with the new GRE) on the verbal/quantitative portions. The GRE requirement for Ed.S applicants is waived if undergraduate GPA is 2.75 or higher and graduate GPA is 3.00 or higher.

To register for the GRE, click here.

3. Letter of Application

This letter, written by the applicant, should detail:

  1. Why you have chosen this program at BGSU,
  2. Your work experiences since graduating with your Master’s degree,
  3. Your professional goals,
  4. Your academic strengths and personal characteristics that will lead to your success as a school administrator,
  5. The ways in which you will be an asset to our program, and
  6. Why you should be admitted to this program.

4. Resume

Include a copy of your most recent resume.

5. Three Recommendation Letters (or Forms)

Recommenders may either write a letter or fill out the BGSU Recommendation Form. The information on the form or in the letter must speak to your potential success both as a graduate student and as an educational administrator. The three letters must be from individuals familiar with your academic ability and/or from administrators or supervisors who are familiar with your professional performance. At least one must be from a current supervisor.

Administrative License Application

For those who are seeking Ohio administrative licensure in conjunction with the M.Ed., a completed Application for Administrative Licensure form is required.