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Graduate Admission Requirements

Colorado Mesa University encourages applications from individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate evidence of strong academic background and ability to pursue advanced study.
  • Demonstrate evidence of dedication and promise to the field of education as a professional leader.
  • Have excellent English reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
  • Possess competence in the use of education technology.
  • Have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Hold a current Colorado Teaching License--required for Principal or SPED licensure programs.
  • If only pursuing gradaute certificate endorsements, as in principal or in SPED licensure, candidate must also hold a master's degree.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Start - all of our graduate programs have a summer start.
  • March 15th is the preferred application deadline for all CTE graduate programs.
  • May 1st is the last day materials may be accepted for admission for the summer term.
  • Fall or spring admission to our SPED, Educational Leadership Programs, or Applied Studies degrees may be possible--please check before applying by emailing [email protected].
    • The ITL program (Initial Teacher Licensure graduate program) offers summer admission ONLY; after May 15th, admission is closed until the following year.

Application Checklists

Step 1


A $50 application fee is collected when you submit your application
Step 3

Colorado Teaching License

Current Teaching license required for Principal and SPED licensure candidates. Prospective students of other education programs who do not hold a license should contact [email protected] to inquire about licensure requirements.
  1. Upload license

    Upload a photocopy of your Colorado Teaching License

Step 4

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) professional recommendations are required for the MA application. We request that you provide your references with the CTE evaluation forms: one (1) Form B - Supervisor recommendation is required for all programs; for the MA, two (2) Form B - Colleague recommendations are required; for the SPED or Principal graduate certificates only one (1) Form B - Colleague recommendation is required.
  1. Send Recommendation Request

    You will need to identify your references directly in the application portal. They will receive an email prompting further action. You will see a completed checklist item once their reference Form B has been returned.

Step 5

Documentation of Experience

Submit documentation of teaching, leadership, and/or work experience. Teaching & Leadership and SPED applicants may submit a resume or CV instead.
  1. Documentation form

    Complete the Documentation of Teaching and Leadership Experience form and upload it into the application portal.

Step 6

Statement of Purpose

Complete the statement of purpose commenting on your personal educational philosophy and interest in the program.
  1. Statement of Purpose Cover Sheet

    See the cover sheet for guidance on the statement. Once completed, upload your statement of purpose to the application portal.

Step 7

Internship Supervisor/Mentor Commitment

ONLY for Educational Leadership applicants.