Graduate Studies

Master of Science in Special Education Advanced Studies


General Info

This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in special education, have a special education endorsement on their teaching license, or who wish to pursue advanced studies in special education but do not wish to teach P-12 special education.


Students studying for this degree must have taken the following prerequisite courses within six years of beginning the master’s program: EDSP 204 or SPED 540, EDSP 301, EDSP 302, EDSP 303, EDSP 461, EDSP 405, and RD 417 or equivalents.

Many of the courses in this program are offered online or in the evening allowing for flexible completion of the program.


Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Graduate GPA (if applicable) of at least 3.0
  • Completed Graduate Record Examination
  • Completed Courses Listed Above

Admission Procedures

  • Complete Graduate Student Application
  • Submit Official Transcripts from all Institutions Attended
  • Payment of Nonrefundable $40 Application Fee
  • Submit Admission Test Scores - GRE

Get the Details

Online? Mostly
Evening Classes? 
Program Length:
If you take a full load of 9 credits per semester, you could finish this program in about 5 semesters.


Careers: What can you do with a degree in Special Education—Advanced Studies Option?


This degree prepares students to teach in a categorical or cross-categorical area of special education, advance toward administrative positions, pursue positions in related fields, do research in special education, or pursue a doctoral degree.


Some of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 18 graduates who did respond to the survey, 16 or 89% found employment in their field of study. They reported an average salary of $48,530.


Contact Us


Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information.


Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.


Our office is located in McMullen Hall,  Room 200. The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302.