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Admissions Policies

Listed below are selected admissions policy highlights. For information on specific policies not listed here, contact the admissions office.

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.

Transfer and Retroactive Credit
Transfer credit pertains to coursework from an institution other than the Warner School, including courses completed at another school within the University of Rochester. Retroactive credit pertains to coursework completed at the Warner School prior to matriculation. The candidate’s advisor, program chair, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies must approve transfer and/or retroactive credit. Transfer/retroactive credit must be relevant to the candidate’s program of study and have earned a B- or better. Master’s transfer/retroactive credit must have been taken within five years prior to the date of matriculation. Doctoral transfer/retroactive credit must have been taken within 10 years prior to matriculation. Transfer credits may not exceed 10 hours for master’s programs, 30 hours for PhD programs and 36 hours for EdD programs.

Students may begin taking courses before applying for matriculation into a program. Both transfer and retroactive credit is negotiated after admission and during the planning of the program of study. It is advised that students take no more than nine credits before matriculating to minimize the risk that such coursework may not count toward their chosen program.
Admitted students may defer up to one year from the original intended enrollment date with a paid admission deposit. Deferring students waive any financial award offered by Warner.

In general, Warner does not accept applications to a Warner program from persons whose admission to that same program was previously declined. However, an applicant who can provide significant new evidence of achievement since his/her original application may be allowed to reapply to the same program. Anyone whose application was declined may apply to a different program without prejudice, but is required to disclose the original application on the application form.