Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Send in all official transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Request a reference form or recommendation from a principal or adviser.

Materials can be mailed to:

Dordt University
Graduate Studies Office 
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

Types of Admission

Students may be admitted under one of the following categories:


Regular Admission is granted to all candidates who have met all the admissions criteria. Additional requirements include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or higher) from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of at least 24 hours of undergraduate coursework that includes: education psychology, applied education psychology, learner differences, learning environments, curriculum and methods (2 courses), philosophy of education, and statistics.
  3. Completion of a minimum of one year of successful teaching experience at the K-12 level, or a minimum of 500 hours of verified experiences in teaching or direct coaching beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  4. Applicants for whom English is a second language must have an adequate command of English as demonstrated by their performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The institutional code is 6171 and the department code is 3101.


Conditional Admission may be granted to applicants who do not currently meet all the criteria for regular admission.

The student must complete nine semester hours of graduate credit at Dordt University before conditional status is reviewed. The graduate course work GPA must be 3.0 or higher. Other regular admission requirements must be met before conditional admission status can be changed to regular admission status.


Special Admission may be granted to those who do not plan to become candidates for the Master of Education program but wish to participate in one or more graduate courses. Contact the Graduate Education Office for more details.


Next Start Date: June 10, 2019
Fall Start Date: August 27, 2019

Registrations are accepted after admission is completed. 

Transfer of Credit

Students can transfer a total of nine semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of a B grade. All nine semester hours can come from any ARCU* institution. A maximum of six semester hours may come from non-ARCU colleges, but the last three hours must come from an ARCU institution. (For example: if a student enters the program with six semester hours in graduate education from a state university, an additional three hours may be taken through one of Calvin College’s online courses.)

The ARCU institutions include: Calvin College, Covenant College, Dordt University, Geneva College, Institute for Christian Studies, Redeemer University College, the King’s University College, and Trinity Christian College.

*Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities

Note: Courses older than 10 years at the end of a student's Dordt studies will not be accepted for transfer credit.