Master of Arts in Education - Apply

Admission to the MAEd program will be competitive and limited to candidates capable of performing on the graduate level. View minimal requirements for applicants.

Three-Step Application Process

Complete the application for the Master of Arts in Education by completing the three-step application process below.

Step 1: Online Application

Begin the application process by filling out the application on MyBC.

Fill out the Application


Step 2: Self-Assessment, Part I

Fill out the self-assessment survey of professional temperament and performance.

Self-Assessment, Part I


Step 3: Self-Assessment, Part II

Prepare essay questions using the instructions specified in this document. Upload the final document in Word or PDF format using the upload button below.

Upload Self-Assessment, Part II

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAEd program will be competitive and limited to candidates capable of performing on the graduate level. Applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • A grade point average of 2.75 or higher in all college work.
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses (except for those taken at Bluefield College) must be provided.
    • Students whose grade point average is between 2.5 and 2.75 may be considered if the student provides compelling evidence that he/she can be successful in a graduate-level program.
  • A valid professional teaching license.
    • A copy of the professional license must be provided.
    • Prospective students who do not have a valid teaching license, but who have the credentials for teaching in their chosen career, may be considered if the graduate coursework is mutually determined to be beneficial to their performance in that career.
    • Prospective students who wish to take courses in the program to renew their teaching license should provide a copy of their expired license.
  • Test results from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Miller Analogies with a score at or above the 50th percentile.*
    • A copy of the scores must be provided.
    • If a student’s score is below the 50th percentile the student may be admitted provisionally.       The student will be fully admitted, provided all other requirements have been met and after completing 6 hours of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  • Pre-Self-Assessment of Professional Temperament and Performance completed.
  • A completed Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.


*Individuals who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education are exempt from taking/submitting GRE/MAT scores.

Provisional Admission to the Program

For consideration of provisional admission, an individual may apply to the graduate program and take six (6) credit-hours of courses before all requirements are met. However, application and fee, transcripts, and letters of reference are necessary for provisional acceptance. Failure to complete all admission requirements after six (6) hours of coursework will result in administrative withdrawal from additional courses or credit may not be applied toward graduation in the degree program. Once all admission requirements are met, the student will receive a letter of unconditional acceptance to the Master of Arts in Education program and can then continue coursework.

Opportunities to Take Graduate Courses While an Undergraduate

Undergraduate students who are seniors in the Teacher Education Program may be granted permission to take graduate classes in the Master of Arts in Education program provided there are available seats in the course and provided that they meet the following requirements:

  • Senior level status in the semester before student teaching or in student teaching.
  • Course load of 12-15 hours in the semester.
  • Overall grade point average of 3.75.
  • Successful completion of all required teacher license assessments.
  • Two references from faculty on file.
  • Completion of the Master of Arts in Education Undergraduate Application for Admission.
  • GRE/MAT may be waived for undergraduate students who have successfully completed 6-9 BC graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00. If there are more eligible undergraduate students for the graduate program than there are available seats, eligible students will be ranked according to GPA, completion of assessments, additional endorsements, and academic minors.