M.S. Ed. Special Education - Community and Special Education Support


Start Anytime!

You can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer.

Application Checklist
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA in previous coursework, although some exceptions may apply
  • Official transcripts from the accredited college, university, or seminary where the applicant obtained a bachelor's degree
  • Graduate online application 
  • Statement of purpose demonstrating the applicant's Professionalism and Ethics, commitment to Academic Excellence, and commitment to Collaboration and Diversity - for the statement of purpose, the applicant should answer a set of questions framed around these themes
  • Inteview by special education faculty
  • All international students with a degree from a non-English speaking institution must submit a TOEFL or an IELTS score
Admissions Procedures

After completing the graduate online application, please send transcripts to:

Graduate Office
Duquesne University School of Education
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Once you complete the applicaton, you will be contacted by the program for a Statement of Purpose. After this statement is reviewed, you might be asked to interview with the special education faculty.

Upon acceptance by the Graduate Office in the School of Education, applicants are admitted for graduate study in Special Education with provisional status, and an individual program of study will be designed for the student by their assigned advisor. After completing the required screening courses in the first 6-9 credits of the program, students are required to apply for candidacy, which is granted to applicants who have successfully met the benchmarks and gateways.

If an applicant does not possess the necessary prerequisites, or if the applicant's record is unsatisfactory, conditional status or dismissal from the program may be recommended.