Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Education

Academic and Professional Requirements

Prior Education

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (conditional acceptance may be granted)
  • Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation described on the International Admissions webpage

Professional Credential and Competency

  • Passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (A passing score within the past 10 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core. Please see the program handbook for detailed information regarding passing scores) No exceptions are made to this requirement. Students may retake test sections as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score
  • Passing score on either the Praxis II: Elementary Content (for EC-MC: PK-6th grade certification level)  OR the Praxis II: Middle School Content Knowledge Test  (for MC-EA: 1-8 certification level)
  • Access to classroom environment for at least 4 hours per day (either through current employment working under emergency licensure, as a paraprofessional or volunteer hours) and full-day access for one semester of student teaching

Admissions Application and Transcripts

Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. 

Information for International Students
If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Official Test Scores
(must submit scores for one of the following tests)

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
Request that an official copy of your Core scores be sent to our Office of Graduate Admissions.

As of September 1, 2014, the Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 requires that all candidates in an initial licensure program pass the Core in reading, writing and math. The passing score for each test is: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150.

These tests are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Tests are offered by appointment at Prometric Testing Centers. Official scores are available 2 to 3 weeks after taking the tests. Registration for the Core is required online at

Applicants who earned passing scores on a Praxis I/PPST subtest prior to September 1, 2014, may submit those scores in place of the Core. Applicants may be admitted with a combination of passing scores on the Praxis/PPST and Core tests. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for more information.

ACT Test*
Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading (scores must have been received within 10 years of the acceptance date into this education program)

SAT Test*
Minimum score of 520 on Math, 480 on Writng  and 510 on Reading (scores must have been received within 10 years of the acceptance date into this education program)

GRE Revised General Test*
Composite Score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning,  145 on Quantitative Reasoning, and 3 on Analytic Writing (only scores after 8/11/11 will be accepted)

*Applicants can use ACT, SAT, or GRE scores in place of the Core. Request that an official copy of your ACT, SAT, or GRE scores be sent to our Office of Graduate Admissions, unless it is already on file with Stritch.

Two Attitude and Disposition Questionnaires

Attitude and disposition questionnaires should be completed by two individuals who know you in a professional or academic relationship (i.e., supervisors, colleagues, advisors).

Personal Essay

Your personal essay should be typed, double-spaced and two pages in length. Please tell us why you want to pursue teaching, the path you have taken to get here, and the dedication you will have to the program.

Please send all application materials to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 437
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985

Application Deadline
Stritch does not have an application deadline. However, for priority admission consideration, please submit application materials by:

  • July 15 for the fall semester

Financial Aid
Individuals interested in applying for a Federal Student Loan should follow the steps for the graduate financial aid process.