FAQ's for Master of Arts in Education
1. How do I apply to the Master's Program in Education and what are the admissions deadlines?
The fastest and easiest way to apply to Cal Poly is by using www.csumentor.edu. You can find admissions dates and deadlines here.
2. What are the minimum requirements to apply to the MA program?
Applicants must hold a BA degree and hold a valid teaching credential or have been admitted to a credential program here at CPP. (The Educational Multimedia program does not require a credential) Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0
3. What is the Graduate Writing Test (GWT) and who has to take it?
All students who want to earn a degree from a CSU (either undergrad or graduate) must take and pass the GWT. For more information regarding the GWT please refer to The Test Centers webpage.
4. How long does it take to earn a Master's Degree in Education?
This depends if you go fulltime (2 classes per quarter) or part-time (1 class per quarter). Fulltime students usually complete the MA degree in 2 years. Part time Students can take up to 4 years.
5. Is there a time limit to earn a Master's Degree?
Master's Degree programs must be completed within a 7 year time limit, from when the first program course is taken (transfer courses count).
6. What is tuition for the Graduate Program?
Fees/Tuition vary by units taken. The fees are approximately $1605 per quarter for part-time and $2550 per quarter for full-time. For a schedule of fees click here.
7. Can I transfer units/courses from another Master's program?
Yes, you can transfer up to 13 quarter units from an accredited institution. Courses must be graduate level (500 series and above). Courses also cannot be more than 7 years old.
8. I'm in the Teaching Credential Program, how do I apply to the Master's Program?
This is easy; you can fill out a Petition to Change Your Degree Objective. It is recommended that students transfer to the MA program, once they have completed the 2nd block of Clinical Practice.