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Graduate Admission

School of Education

We are excited you are interested in learning more about the graduate level programs offered by our School of Education. In addition to counseling and teacher preparation programs, we have several focused endorsement and degree programs available for teachers. For a list of programs and their descriptions, please go to our School of Education Graduate Programs directory. Below, please find information describing our application process and admission requirements.

Application Process

The School of Education accepts graduate applications on a rolling basis for its graduate programs. If you would like to be considered for admission, you must complete the application process. Completion of the application process includes submission of a complete, online Graduate Student Application, and all supplemental items required for that program (see Admission Requirements below). The first step is to submit the application (you will indicate the program, preferred location and start term for which you are applying on the application itself as you are filling it out). After submitting said application, you will receive an email within 24 hours confirming receipt of your application and providing you with next steps. A representative will then contact you with information about what is needed to complete the application process, where and how to submit supplemental documents and to answer questions. Once all required documents have been received, an admission decision can be made.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Graduate Student Application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 300-400 words, address the rationale for pursuit of the program and assess your strengths and limitations.
  3. Two professional recommendations. Recommendations must come from individuals with whom you have an academic and/or professional relationship (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc. are acceptable); and they must address your strengths and limitations related to the program for which you are applying.
  4. Official transcript(s) from the institution(s) from which a bachelor's degree was received. If more than one institution was attended, transcripts from the additional institutions may or may not be required, depending on the program for which you are applying and other factors. You will be notified as to which transcripts are needed after your application is received.
    If the applicant's post-secondary education was completed at a non-U.S. institution, an official, course-by-course transcript evaluation by ECE, WES, or Educational Perspectives must be submitted in lieu of transcripts.
  5. Illinois BSR (Basic Skills Requirement) results. Applicants to an initial licensure program must provide documentation of having taken one of the three current tests that can be used to satisfy the state of Illinois BSR (TAP as provided by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS), ACT w/Writing, or SAT). Specific test results will determine next steps for the applicant. We are happy to explain the BSR in further detail and answer questions so please feel free to call our Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053. Note: Record of passing the now nonexistent Illinois Basic Skills Test 096 at any time in the past waives the BSR.
  6. Saint Xavier University's School of Education welcomes all career changers and students wishing to transfer in who wish to obtain teacher licensure. Some programs require a review of transcripts to determine if, and how, coursework already completed may transfer and satisfy program requirements. An evaluation of your transcripts will be conducted in our School of Education if you are admitted into the program for which you've applied.

International students have additional application/admission requirements. See our Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students page.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Did you know there is potential financial assistance resources for students enrolled in a graduate education program? Please visit our Funding Your Graduate Education page for more information. 

More Information

For more information about the application and admission processes, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or 773-298-3053.