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Admissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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 admissions@warner.rochester.edu.


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 https://www.rochester.edu/reslife/graduate/index.html.