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Application Instructions for New or First-Time M.Ed. Students

Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.

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The Cedarville University M.Ed. program invites applications from qualified students who hold a bachelor's degree in education, are able to present a strong academic record, and have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

Applicants must also affirm their commitment to the Cedarville covenant and agree to abide by the graduate student standards of conduct.  Applicants should review the University’s doctrinal statement to understand our beliefs and Christian heritage, which serves as the foundation for our community.

Applicants who present satisfactory evidence of their ability to perform at the graduate level are admitted to the graduate education program. Cedarville University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.

The graduate admissions committee, education faculty, and director of graduate admissions review the qualifications of each M.Ed. applicant on an individual basis: 

Application Review Documents

  1. Application for Admission: [Online] — Complete and submit the online application.
  2. Recommendations — Once your online application is complete, you can send your recommendation requests directly from the application system. Each request will include a link to an online recommendation form. If your recommenders have difficulty completing the online form, please use the PDF file linked to each form below.
    • Church Leader — Have a leader at your church who is familiar with your testimony and spiritual development complete and return this form.
    • Supervisor/Employer — Have your immediate supervisor complete and return this form. If not currently employed, have a former employer complete and return this form.
    • Professional Reference — Have someone you work with or who knows you professionally complete and return this form.
  3. Undergraduate Degree - Transcripts — Provide an official transcript from the institution that awarded your accredited degree. Also provide an official transcript from any institution where you took graduate courses even if no credit was earned.
    • Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree in education from an accredited program with a preferred grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Test Scores (if necessary) — Is the GRE required?
    Academic Level Degree Seeking Students Non-Degree Seeking Students**
    Criteria* Previously earned graduate degree(s) Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for all colleges previously attended Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher after 10 credit hours at Cedarville Undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 2.75 Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 2.75
    GRE Required? No No No Yes No Yes

    *Degree(s) and credits earned from a regionally accredited institution
    **Students may earn up to 11 credit hours as a non-degree seeking student before degree seeking status

    If GRE test scores are necessary for your application, please provide test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Please contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at to have an official score report sent to Cedarville graduate admissions. Cedarville's institution code is 1151.
  5. Writing Sample (within the application) — Provide an essay of your testimony of faith along with your educational and professional goals:
    • Your writing sample should address your specific professional plans and career objectives.
    • You should view this essay as an opportunity to analyze past professional developments and consider future contributions as a result of graduate education.
  6. International Students — Additional information and requirements for international students are available here.
  7. Application Fee — Submit a $30 nonrefundable application fee. Send a check or money order made payable in U.S. dollars to Cedarville University.

Other Factors Considered

  1. Computer Proficiency — Basic skills in the areas of email, Internet searches, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • If you are concerned about your level of computer skills, please discuss any questions you may have with your admissions counselor.
  2. Prerequisites — Please refer to Curriculum for prerequisite course requirements. Prerequisites will be assessed during the review process using transcripts submitted. If it is determined that you need to fulfill a prerequisite course, you will need to do so as part of your progression in the program.

Application Procedure

We encourage you to apply early for graduate admission to Cedarville. As the applicant, you are responsible for gathering and submitting all the necessary documents required to complete your application. Your application will be processed and reviewed by the graduate admissions committee as soon as all of the materials are received.

In most cases you will be notified by letter within three weeks of the graduate admissions committee's decision. However, some applications may need extended time for review or follow-up. If you have not heard from graduate admissions within 30 days of submitting all the necessary documents, please contact us.