M.SPED Admissions Requirements

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To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the application
  2. Send in all official transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Submit information for at least one reference (an administrator or supervisor) on the application

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.

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 

Regular Admission is granted to all candidates who have met all the admissions criteria:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution in education.    
  • Official transcripts sent to the Director of Graduate Studies from your undergraduate institution as well as transcripts from any graduate level course that you would like to have considered for transfer into the program.
  • Resume.
  • A recommendation form completed by your administrator or supervisor.        


Conditional admission may be granted to applicants who do not currently meet all of the criteria for regular admission. Status of conditionally admitted students will be reviewed after nine hours of graduate course work have been completed. The grade point average in graduate course work of the student needs to be at least 3.0 before the 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 a master’s program but wish to participate in one or more graduate courses. Admission may be granted by providing the following:

  • A completed application for program admission.
  • A transcript of all undergraduate and graduate credit received.


Upcoming start dates:

  • Summer 2022: June 13
  • Fall 2022: August 30
  • Spring 2023: January 12

Registrations are accepted after admission is completed. 

Transfer of Credit

Students may be able to transfer up to six credits of previous graduate work. Each request for transfer will be considered on an individual basis with the following guidelines:

  • Transfer credit applies only to courses in which the grade received was a B (3.0) or higher. 
  • Courses should be less than 10 years old at the end of a student’s Dordt studies.
  • An additional three credits will be considered for transfer from Calvin College, Covenant College, Geneva College, Institute for Christian Studies, Redeemer University College, the King’s University College, and Trinity Christian College.