Graduate Education Programs

Graduate Education Entrance Prerequisites

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum undergraduate, cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of required application credentials
  • A current certification for eligibility to teach in grades PreK-12 (preferred, but not required, for M.M.C.L)

Admission to a Graduate Education Program

Students may enroll in up to two graduate education program courses before being accepted to a graduate program. To be formally accepted, students must submit their completed application materials and receive acceptance confirmation before registering for their third course.

Required Graduate Program Application Credentials

  • Complete application and essays
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities attended.
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • Two letters of recommendation from educators or employers. One letter should be from current principal or supervisor.

Enrollment of Non-Degree Students in a Graduate Education Programs Courses

Non-degree students may enroll in any graduate education courses they have the necessary prerequisites for, if they have the approval of the director of the Graduate Education Program.

Provisional Status

Provisional Status allows a student to enroll in graduate classes in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status by the program director after a plan of action is written that will assist the student to meet the entrance requirements of the program.

If students are granted provisional status, they must first satisfactorily complete the educational plan approved by the program director with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before being officially admitted to the program.

Transfer Credits

At the discretion of the program director, no more than two courses (six semester hours) may be transferred to a graduate education program. In order for a course to transfer to a graduate education program, the grade in the course must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale and the goals, outcomes and assessment results must be similar to that of the graduate education course being fulfilled through transfer credit.

Academic Probation and Dismissal from a Graduate Education Program

Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average. If the GPA falls below 3.0 or a grade of C is received in any course, the student will be placed on academic probation. A student may be dismissed from the program if an academic probation extends beyond the completion of nine semester hours or the student receives two course grades of C or lower or one course grade of F at any time during their graduate studies at Wilson. All students in a graduate education program are subject to the Wilson College Honor Principle, academic and administrative regulations and the Wilson College judicial process.

Time Limit to Complete Degree

All coursework and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class in a graduate education program at Wilson. Appeals for extension of the six-year limit must be submitted in writing to the director of the graduate education programs.

Leave Of Absence

A leave of absence for a graduate student may not exceed one year. See complete description regarding applying for a leave of absence and termination of a leave of absence in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements

The successful degree candidate will complete at least 10 courses (minimum of 30 semester hours), including a master’s project, while maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Graduate credit will be awarded only for earned grades of C or better.

Students must complete and submit a graduation application to the registrar two semesters before the anticipated graduation date. A fee will be assessed for late applications. Students who fail to officially submit a graduation application will not be eligible for graduation.

Wilson College holds one Commencement ceremony in May of each year. Students who complete requirements in the fall will not receive the diploma until May of the following year.  Students who have a plan in place to complete requirements during a summer semester may participate in the May Commencement ceremony but will not receive the diploma until the requirements are completed.

For spring graduates completing requirements during summer:

Students who completed their degree requirements during the summer will have their degree conferred on the first day of the fall semester.


  • Students will participate in and receive their diploma covers at the preceding May commencement ceremony and be considered part of May’s graduating class.
  • Diplomas will be released to the students in late September.
  • Students who have not completed all requirements for graduation must petition the Committee on Academic Procedures by the last day to withdraw from classes to participate in spring commencement if more than one course requirement remains to be met.

Regardless of the number of courses remaining to be completed, students must submit a written plan to the registrar and Graduate Education Programs director, outlining how the requirements will be met before the end of the summer following spring commencement. This plan must be signed and approved by the director of the Graduate Education Programs. The written plan must be submitted by the last day of classes for the spring semester. For further information, contact the director of the Graduate Education Programs at 717-262-2045 or