Admission FAQs

What are the admission requirements for the MEd in MESA online program?

See the MEd in MESA Online Program Admissions page of this Web site for complete details.

What are the admission requirements for the ERM online certificate program?

See the ERM Online Certificate Program Admissions page of this Web site for complete details.

How do I apply to the MEd in MESA online program?

Application instructions and admission requirements can be found on the MEd in MESA Online Program Application Instructions page of this Web site.

How do I apply to the ERM online certificate program?

Application instructions and admission requirements can be found on the ERM Online Certificate Program Application Instructions page of this Web site.

When do I need to apply to the MEd in MESA online program?

Applications are accepted for the fall, spring and summer semester. See the MEd in MESA Online Program Admissions page of this Web site for complete details.

When do I need to apply to the ERM online certificate program?

Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Applications are not accepted for the summer semester. See the ERM Online Certificate Program Admissions page of this Web site for complete details.

I missed the application deadline but I don’t want to wait until the next admission period to get started. Can I still take a course in the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program?

Individuals who missed the application deadline for a given semester and still wish to take a course in that semester may be able to apply to UIC as an extramural online student. Once an individual is admitted as an extramural online student, the student may register for program courses for which they have met the applicable prerequisites. However, admission under this status neither implies nor guarantees admission to the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program. Extramural students must still formally apply and be accepted into the MEd in MESA online program or the ERM online certificate program.

For more information, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team and include the courses you are interested in registering for as an extramural online student.

Note: Up to 12 semester hours of credit earned at UIC can be transferred toward the MEd in MESA online program on the condition that the student is accepted into the MEd in MESA online program.

Is a degree in education required to be admitted to the MEd in MESA and/or ERM program?

No. A bachelor’s degree in any field is the minimum academic requirement. For more information regarding admission requirements, see the MEd in MESA Online Program Admissions page or the ERM Online Certificate Program Admissions page of this Web site.

Is the GRE required for admission to the MEd in MESA online program? Are there any exceptions?

GRE scores are required for admission to the MEd in MESA online program unless you already have a PhD, EdD or MD from an approved U.S. institution and the degree is clearly noted on your official transcripts.

If you have earned a PhD, EdD or MD from outside the U.S., please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team with your request to determine if the GRE requirement can be waived.

For information about registering for the GRE, visit the Educational Testing Service Web site.

Can I use my GMAT or MCAT scores in place of GRE scores?

GMAT scores will be accepted in place of GRE scores if the scores are less than five years old. MCAT scores cannot be used in place of GRE scores.

Is the GRE required for admission to the ERM online certificate program?

No. The GRE is not required for admission to the ERM online certificate program.

Is the TOEFL or IELTS required for admission to the MEd in MESA online program or ERM online certificate program? Can I qualify for a waiver for this requirement?

International applicants must present evidence of English competency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within two years of application.

Minimum scores required for the TOEFL: Internet based test (IBT) total score of 80 total with subsection minimum requirements of writing 21, speaking 20, listening 17, and reading 19; computer-based test score of 213; paper-based test score of 550.

Minimum scores required for IELTS: 6.5 total with subsection minimum requirements of listening 6, writing 6, reading 6, speaking 6.

You may qualify for a waiver if you can provide the following:

Evidence that you have been attending a U.S. institution for at least two years of full-time study;
A letter from a U.S. employer stating that you are proficient in the use of English and that you have been employed at the establishment for at least one year;
Proof of education or employment for the duration of time listed above in a country where English is the only, official language, i.e. UK, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec).
Note: TOEFL/IELTS exemptions are not determined by the prevalence of spoken English in your country or the language of instruction at your university.

Can students from outside the U.S. be admitted to the MEd in MESA online program and ERM online certificate program?

Yes. International students are welcome to apply and participate in the MEd in MESA online program and the ERM online certificate program.

Please note that because these programs are completely online and do not require physical residency in the United States, they do NOT qualify students for an F-1 visa.

Can enrollment be deferred for the MEd in MESA online program or ERM online certificate program?

If you have been accepted in the MEd in MESA online program and wish to defer your enrollment, please submit an e-mail to the MESA Online Admissions Team to request approval from the program director.

Students accepted into the ERM online certificate program do not have the option to defer admission since they are classified as non-degree seeking students. Instead you should contact Kim Williams in the UIC Office of Admissions and Records via e-mail to request to withdraw your application and transfer your fee to the new application when you reapply.