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Requirements for Admission and Retention 

1. Admission to the Master of Science in Education is based on the following:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. (Applicants with undergraduate GPA’s below 3.0 but with other advanced degrees or full-time paid or volunteer experience in non-profit settings may also be eligible for consideration);
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years (Applicants with other advanced degrees or 3+ years full-time experience in non-profit settings may be eligible to waive the GRE. Inquire for details). International applicants whose native language is not English must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL];
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 academic and 1 community);
  • A personal statement describing the following:
    • Personal characteristics relevant to training in community-based work and social change;
    • Previous experience, if any, with community-based work
    • Reasons for applying to the program;
    • Goals upon graduation.
2. A School of Education faculty advisor in the student’s major will be appointed to meet with the student to design a Program of Study. The Program of Study must be on file in the Associate Dean’s Office by the end of the first semester of study or future registration will not be permitted.

3. All students are required to submit a signed Student Responsibility Checklist and the Graduate Student Honor Code by the end of their first semester of enrollment.

Application Deadline 
The C&SC program accepts applications until May 15th, but for Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) students and priority consideration for C&SC scholarships, students must apply by March 1st. All application materials for international students must be submitted by December 1. The program begins in late August with the required foundational course "Community Well-being and Change: Theory and Practice". 

All application materials must be submitted online to the Graduate School ( Once an applicant has submitted all required application materials, the file is reviewed by the faculty admission committee. Applicants should allow one month for this review. The School of Education does not consider students for admission to a program unless they have submitted all required materials and have met the requirements for admission. Admission decisions are in writing and mailed to the individual’s current address.

GRE Test Scores 
The computer-based GRE is offered Monday through Saturday in various locations. Contact the Educational Testing Service to schedule an appointment by visiting their website ( or calling (800-GRE-CALL).

Program Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Community and Social Change Program has need-based and merit-based scholarships available. For consideration, all application materials must be submitted by the March 1st deadline. Additionally, applicants seeking program scholarships should attach a letter (1 page maximum) to their Statement of Goals that outlines outstanding need and/or merit. Students seeking loans should complete the FAFSA (, making sure to include the University of Miami as a recipient of the FAFSA materials.


Financial Assistance

Information regarding Financial Assistance is available through the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid.
Go to UM’s Office of Financial Assistance Services

Tuition Support (not available for Ph.D. programs)

Teachers, substitute teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals employed in south Florida’s schools and not taking classes in off-campus locations, are eligible to receive at least 50 percent Teacher Tuition Scholarships. These teacher tuition scholarships also apply to educators taking classes in the Department of Kinesiology and Psychological Studies.


Low-interest loans are offered to most domestic students.For information and eligibility information, please contact the UM Office of Financial Assistance Services at 305-284-5212.

State Financial Assistance

The State of Florida Department of Education also offers grant and scholarship programs administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.





Prospective Students:

Apply Online
University of Miami
Online Graduate Application
Admissions Contact:
Lois Heffernan
Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Program Contact:
Ashmeet Oberoi
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Community and Social Change Masterís Program
Merrick Building 311-G
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