Apply for the Special Education Master's Program

Application Deadlines:


  • Scholarship: April 1
  • Priority: May 1


  • Scholarship: July 1
  • Priority: August 2

At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

Note: Due to student visa regulations and program internship requirements, the Special Education program is not currently able to accept applications from international applicants.

Apply to Loyola's Special Education Program

Online application form Track your application

Required Supplemental Materials

In addition to the application form, you must submit the following:

Nonrefundable $60 application fee

Essay (found on the online application) 500 - 700 words

Official transcripts from all colleges attended. Any foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services

One letter of recommendation (academic or professional). Please note you will send the reference form to your recommender in the application portal.

A test score is required for applicants with an overall GPA below 3.0 on their most recently earned degree. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires qualifying scores from one of the following tests: Praxis, GRE, ACT or SAT. You can find a list of acceptable scores below. No test required for applicants with a 3.0 or higher GPA.


Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page.


Required Test Entry Scores only for applicants with an Overall GPA below a 3.0

A test score is required for applicants with an overall GPA below 3.0 on their most recently earned degree (this requirement will be waived if the Office of Graduate Admission receives an official transcript showing the overall GPA is a 3.0 or higher). The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requires qualifying scores from one of the following tests: Praxis, GRE, ACT or SAT. See the list of accepted scores below:



Required Score

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

taken after 2014

Reading- 156, Writing 162, Math 150

Praxis 1: PPST/CPPST

(Reading, Writing and Math)

taken prior to September 1, 2014

composite score of 527*


taken after 2016

Math and Verbal composite score of 1180


taken after 2005

Math and Critical Reading composite score of 1100*


taken between 4/95 and 2005

Math and Verbal composite score of 1100*


taken prior to 4/95

Math and Verbal composite score of 1000*



Composite score of 24


taken prior to September 1, 2011

Verbal and Quantitative composite score of 1000*


taken after September 1, 2011

Verbal and Quantitative composite score of 297

For SAT results, call College Board 866-756-7346 to request an archive copy. Request that the copy is sent to your home address and then send a copy to the Office of Graduate Admission, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093. 

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5712, 5722,5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Loyola's institution code is RA5370. Additional information about the Praxis Core exam may be found on the MSDE website. Qualifying scores on the Praxis 1 (taken prior to Sept 1, 2014), SAT, ACT or GRE tests may be substituted for the Praxis Core exam requirement for MAT applicants as follows:

*Composite scores must come from exams taken in the same calendar year.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that a completed application and all supplemental materials are received by the application deadline. Supplemental materials, once received, become the property of Loyola University Maryland and cannot be returned.

We strongly recommend that all applicants have their schools send us official e-transcripts if possible. If your school uses an automated transcript request service, select “Loyola University Maryland” as the receiving institution, and be sure to select “Graduate” or “Graduate Admission” as the receiving office. If your school does not use an automated transcript request service but will still send an official transcript on your behalf via email, have your school send your transcript to

If your school is unable to provide electronic transcripts of any kind, your transcripts must be sent to us by mail in envelopes sealed by the school. Our mailing address can be found on the Graduate Admission webpage.


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Double Greyhound Alumni Discount

A 15% discount is now available to Loyola alumni admitted in the Special Education program. Visit the Double Greyhound Alumni Discount website for details.

Title IX

For information about the Title IX Grievance Process, see the Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Procedures for Students and for Employees.

To report any Sexual Harassment or any form of sexual misconduct or related behaviors, please contact any of the Title IX Coordinators.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or 410-617-5020.