Student-Centered Support, Flexible and Innovative Programs

In the spirit of Meliora, we are here to help you become ever better - so you can make the individuals and organizations you serve ever better.

Welcome to the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Meliora, the motto of the University of Rochester, means ‘Ever Better.’ At Warner, it’s more than our motto, it’s our mission.

At Warner, you will be exposed to high-quality opportunities you won’t find anywhere else in the region – like leading-edge research and educational partnerships, supportive faculty of researchers; and student-centered, flexible program designed to meet your needs.

Please take a look around and know that we are here to support you as you discover all the Warner has to offer. We look forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School.
Our Next Application Deadline is December 15, 2019! LEARN MORE

The Warner Advantage

Preparing Graduates to Innovate, Advocate, Elevate

The University of Rochester's Warner School is the only school of education and human development in Western New York that focuses on graduate-level education, serving aspiring and advancing professionals. The Warner School’s programs in teaching and curriculum, counseling and human development, and educational leadership prepare practitioners and researchers for today’s challenges in education. Warner fuels the personal and professional transformation of its students through rigorous preparation and a commitment to progressive practices. Warner graduates are bold leaders and change agents who stand up and stand out and, as a result, rise to the top and make the organizations and people they serve ever better. 
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Learn More About Warner's Advantage
  • Be challenged to become an innovator and a thought leader by mastering the necessary dispositions and skills to be effective, evidence-based decision makers.
  • Pursue your commitment to social justice and fostering educational excellence for all – especially those students who have been marginalized and underserved.
  • Leverage the reputation of a leading-edge research university to give your certification or degree even more recognition.
  • Learn from an accessible, supportive faculty of accomplished researchers and practitioners who will prepare you in best practices for the realities of today.
  • Choose from more than 20 innovative education and human development program options – including master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as advanced certificates.
  • Take advantage of our helpful, easy to access admissions advocates.
  • Customize any program of study to accommodate your busy schedule and meet your unique needs.
  • Build a strong professional network and learn with other accomplished and committed student colleagues.
  • Advance achievement with rigorous academic programs and highly interactive and engaged learning.
  • Apply transfer relevant credits to accelerate your pursuit of an advanced degree.
  • Take advantage of program and degree flexibility so you can go at your own pace and start in any semester.
  • Enjoy the convenience of engaging online and hybrid online learning opportunities.
  • Become part of a vibrant, welcoming, diverse community of faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni who represent an extensive range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and perspectives.

Making Warner A Great Value

The Warner School and the University of Rochester offer a number of scholarship and financial support opportunities to help offset tuition costs and make a Warner School education even more affordable.
Merit-Based Scholarships
Every student is automatically considered for the merit-based scholarships for which they are eligible during the admissions process.
Opportunities for Master’s Students
Warner students may be eligible for a number of on-campus opportunities that help you earn income to help offset your tuition expenses. These include working on our admissions team, tutoring, new student orientation coordinator, or participation in our Horizons Summer Program.
Doctoral Assistantships
Most full-time doctoral students are awarded assistantships that provide a combination of tuition remission and a stipend in exchange for providing services supporting the mission of the Warner School.
Student Loan Programs
Once you’ve exhausted other financial support opportunities, the University of Rochester financial aid office can help you find federal and/or alternative loans to help fund the remaining costs of your education.
University of Rochester and Other Employer-Based Benefits
The University of Rochester offers generous tuition benefits – up to 95% – to its faculty and staff to encourage the pursuit of coursework and program participation. Other colleges and area school districts also offer tuition benefits to their employees.
Financing you Education

Critical Dates/Admissions Deadlines

You can start most Warner degree programs in any semester.
Check out our admission and application deadlines to make sure you don’t miss out.

The next deadline is December 15, 2019.
  September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th
Master's September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th
Certificate September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th
EdD September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th
PhD September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th

Begin Study As Early As:

  September 15th December 15th February 15th April 15th
Master's, Certificate, EdD October 15th Spring Semester January 15th  Summer Semester March 15th Summer Semester April 15th Summer Semester
PhD October 15thN/A January 15thSummer Semester
(Majority Start in Fall)
March 15th N/A April 15th N/A
International Applicants October 15thFall Semester
(the following year)
January15thFall Semester Fall Semester June 15thFall Semester

Submitting an Application

We're so glad you have chosen to apply to the Warner School of Education.
You won't be disappointed.

Applicants (including applicants to non-degree programs) are required to assemble and submit a complete application to the Office of Admissions by midnight on December 15, 2019. Only those completed applications received by the deadline will be considered by the Warner Admissions Committee. Applications received after a deadline or that are incomplete will be rolled over to the next appropriate deadline. Please contact us if you have any questions about the admissions deadlines.

How to Apply  Apply Now
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Get a Taste of Warner.
Check Out Our Social Scene!

See for yourself what Warner's all about.

Check out our presence on Facebook and Twitter. Read our blog. It’s easy to find out what’s happening on campus, online and around the Warner community. That way, you can attend a class. Meet Warner students. Talk to faculty. Take a tour. It’s a great way to discover virtually everything Warner has to offer.

Admissions Events
We host on-campus events and invite you to experience Warner. Our on-campus events include: Why Teach?, Graduate Programs Open Houses, Non-Matriculated Advising Sessions, and Admissions Application Open Hours. If you can't come to Warner, be sure to take a look at our off-campus events. We participate in a number of graduate school fairs and conferences in the upstate NY area and beyond.

Try Us Out – Take a Course
If you are considering applying for a Warner degree program, one of the best ways to experience the quality education that Warner delivers is to take a course as a non-matriculated student. Students with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to take a course at the Warner School without going through the application process. Should you decide to pursue application to Warner, the course may count toward your degree program. Contact Admissions to discuss courses that best fit your area of interest.

A Sampling of Recommended Classes for Non-Matriculated Students

Courses of Interest to All Students
  • ED457 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristics and Educational Issues
  • EDE436 Diversity and Equity in Education
  • EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators (Hybrid/Online course with synchronous session(s) on Wednesdays--students must "meet" online at this time; first and last class will be face-to-face)
  • EDE484 Online Teaching and Learning (Hybrid/ Online)

Courses for Counseling and Human Development Students
  • ED418 The Family and Social Dynamics
  • ED453 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
  • EDU454 Career Counseling and Development
  • EDE417 Crisis Counseling and Disaster Mental Health

Courses for Teaching and Curriculum Students
  • EDU498 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Literacy in Elementary School
  • EDU427 Race, Class, Gender, and Disability in American Education

Courses for Educational Leadership Students
  • ED413 Student Affairs Administration: Academic Support Services
  • ED464 State and Federal Education Policy
  • ED475 Leadership and Management in Higher Education

View a complete list of courses being offered next semester that are recommended for non-matriculated students.

Please note that not all these courses may count toward the program in which you may eventually decide to matriculate, so if you already have a specific program in mind, you may want to check for required and elective courses on our website and/or talk with one our admissions advisors.


Warner Career Services Office

Dedicated to helping you get wherever you want to go.

The Warner School supports our students with a dedicated Career Services Office. As your career partner, Warner Career Services provides expertise, tactical skill development, and strategic goal setting to help support your targeted job search.

Your success is our success. Whether you’re just entering the education or human development field or looking to advance your career, Warner Career Services can help support your goals.
Working collaboratively with your faculty, the staff, and Alumni Career Services, we offer a comprehensive range of career and job services, including:
  • Personal consultations/coaching.
  • Small group strategy sessions and consultations.
  • Customized training/workshop sessions.
  • Speakers and content expert connections.
  • Job empowerment teams.
  • Referrals to alumni/professionals for networking opportunities.
  • Career and employer programs.
  • Current job postings.
  • Career-relevant employment databases.
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Contact Harriette Royer at or (585) 276-7427.

Quick Answers to Common Questions

Need more in-depth information? Contact the Admissions Office.

Do I need to be admitted to begin taking classes?
No. You can begin taking classes in any semester without first applying to the school. We call this status “non-matriculated.” You may wish to take a class before applying to “get your feet wet” in a program, or to get a jump-start on your program while you assemble your application. Additionally, there are students who take a course or two of particular interest to them who do not intend to pursue a degree at all. If you are planning to apply to a program, we recommend that you take no more than three classes prior to admission. If you are interested in a degree program, you should talk to admissions or a faculty member.

To register for a class as a non-matriculated student please contact our Registrar’s Office to receive registration materials, or print them from the Student Services area of the Warner School web site. Additional questions can be addressed by calling the Admissions Office at 585-275-3950 or by emailing
Do I need to take the GRE exam to apply to a Warner School program?
It depends. For many of our programs, we do not require entrance examinations as part of the application to the Warner School, with the exception of the TOEFL or IELTS exam for applicants whose first language is not English. If you have taken the GRE already and wish to submit your score, we will be happy to evaluate it as part of your application. Teacher education and K12 educational leadership candidates seeking NYS certification are now required by NYS to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller's Analogy Test (MAT), or a substantially equivalent admission assessment. If you have a previous master's degree, this requirement may be waived. Contact admissions for more information.

To report your score to the Warner School use the University of Rochester’s Institution code which is 7614. The subcode for the GRE is 2928 (curriculum and instruction).
Can I apply at any time?
Although we can accept your application at any time, we review applications four times a year: December 15, February 15, June 15, and September 15. NOTE: Applications to PhD programs are only reviewed at the December 15 deadline.
What does the Warner School look for in its applicants?
Specific criteria for admission include:
  1. Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent by the time they enter the program at Warner, with the exception of those applying to early admission programs.
  2. Applicants must have the ability to do graduate work at the University of Rochester, as demonstrated by their past academic performance and their academic writing skills.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient communication and interpersonal skills to perform well in their chosen career in education.
  4. Applicants’ career goals, professional interests, academic background, attitudes, and philosophy must be consistent with the programs offered by the Warner School and its stated mission.
  5. Additional criteria may be established for individual programs.
An academic writing sample is required. It should be a paper that you have written that best displays your ability to write at an academic level. Your paper should include citations and use the same style consistently (APA or MLA for example).

Admissions interviews are often required as part of the application process. They are by invitation only. You will be contacted by the Admissions Office if an interview is requested.

Applicants will be notified of a decision 6 to 8 weeks after the application deadline.
How do I fund my education?
The Warner School offers merit-based scholarships to well qualified master’s and certification applicants, and assistantships to doctoral applicants. Rochester-area preK-12 educators are eligible for the Warner School’s Greater Rochester Area Educators Grants. 

You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at any time. Completing the FAFSA provides eligibility for participation in the Federal Loan program.
Tell me about classes at Warner?
Courses are offered in the late afternoon and into the evening. Most courses begin at either 4:45 p.m. or 7:35 p.m. Some courses may vary from this schedule. Summer B classes are sometimes offered during the day.

Classes are intentionally kept small to facilitate learning and discussion. Most classes are capped at 25, although on rare occasions some classes may be larger.
How many credits can I transfer?
For master’s programs, you can transfer up to nine graduate-level credits from another institution as long as those credits have not already been counted toward another degree. For doctoral programs, you can transfer up to 36 credits into an EdD program, and up to 30 credits into a PhD program. All transfer credits must be approved by your advisor and are usually not granted for required courses
Does the University of Rochester have graduate housing?
Yes. Graduate housing is offered by the University, not by the Warner School. Information is available on their web site at


Meliora means 'Ever Better.' To our graduates, it means making a world of difference.

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

Meet the Warner Admissions Team

We’re here to help

Pam Black-Colton Pamela Black-Colton
Executive Director of Admissions & Student Services (Leads the admissions team and can answer questions regarding any program, scholarship and application process and policies.)
LeChase Hall 244, (585) 275-6338
Evelyn Kirst Evelyn (Lynne) Kirst
Assistant Director of Admissions (Works primarily with international students, K-12 administration and doctoral programs.)
LeChase Hall 238, (585) 273-2280
Jasmine Mitchell Jasmine Mitchell
Administrative Assistant
LeChase Hall 242, (585) 276-3502
Kim Starken Kim Starken
Associate Director of Data Analytics (Works with any questions regarding programs, scholarship opportunities, as well as the application process.)
LeChase Hall 252, (585) 275-2888

Contact Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Warner School. The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School. We'll send you an email with more information about the Warner School soon, and you'll get a call from a knowledgeable admissions representative who can answer any questions you may have.

To help us meet our mission to transform lives we look for great students to join our programs. Watch your mail for an information packet that will provide you with more information about Warner and will include a waiver of the normal application fee, a $70 savings.

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