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Graduate Studies



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

Admission requirements

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In order to be considered for full and unconditional admission* to the MED program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited (or equivalent) college or university.
  2. Applicants (except those applying to the guidance and counseling strand) must have at least one year of relevant work experience in the field of education, usually under contract in a state-accredited school. Other work experience involving students is considered on an individual basis. (Those looking for a master's program in order to become certified teachers should consider our Master in Teaching program, those looking for certification-only programs should see the College of Education and Counseling Psychology website).
  3. Completed a teacher certification program acceptable to the state of Washington, or have the intention to complete the school counselor ESA certificate. (Note: the ESA school counseling certificate does not require teacher certification in the state of Washington). Limited exceptions to the existing certificate and work experience requirements may be made on a case by case basis.
  4. Overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA or graduate coursework GPA (those not meeting these criteria may be admitted conditionally)
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 291 (new version) or 850 (old version) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of at least 386. Scores must be less than five years old.
  6. International students must submit proof of English proficiency in one of two ways:

    1. An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution where the English is the language of instruction or
    2. An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report (less than two years old) sent directly from the testing agency. For full admission we require a 79 IBT/213 CBT/550 PBT on the TOFEL or 6.5 band score on the academic version of the IELTS.

      Those students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency but are otherwise admissible will be conditionally admitted through our ESL program.
      Saint Martin's University is the sole judge of an applicant's English proficiency.

*Students not meeting these requirement will be considered for conditional admission. Saint Martin's University recognizes that while previous performance is a valuable indicator of potential success there are those who have demonstrated that potential in other ways than traditional academic performance.

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