Faculty Role in Admissions

SOE faculty play a key role in the admissions process. This includes:

  • assisting with outreach and recruitment of prospective students,
  • timely review and deliberation of applications,
  • participation and collaboration with yield activities and
  • inspiring prospects, applicants, and admitted students to attend the School of Education.

Faculty work in collaboration with the Office of Admission and Outreach to accomplish these efforts through the admissions process, participation in events, developing materials, and thinking strategically about recruitment, yield, and retention.

Admissions Deadline (Hilltop Programs)

  • Doctoral Programs (except CEL and Special Education):  October 15 & March 1
  • Catholic Educational Leadership (CEL):  
    • Fall: January 15
    • Spring: October 15
    • Summer: April 15
  • On-Campus Credentials and Master’s Programs: October 15 & March 1 (preferred deadlines).  Rolling admission per availability continues through summer.
  • Special Education Credential Applicants: March 1
  • Special Education Doctoral Applicants: January 15

Complete list of application deadlines »

General Degree Guidelines

  • Students may not work towards two degrees concurrently, including undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • The time limitation for degree completion is four years for a Master’s degree and seven years for a doctoral degree. Time is counted from the official beginning of a student’s graduate program, regardless of any leave of absence taken. All requirements leading to the Ed.D. degrees must be completed within seven years from the date of admission and within three years from the date of advancement to candidacy, regardless of any leave of absence taken.


Please note that doctoral students are conditionally admitted pending successful completion of 12 units and presentation of a portfolio at the end of their first year.

For the tracking of students’ admissions files, please contact Peter Cole, pfcole@usfca.edu, in the OAO (ext. 2111).