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How to Apply

Take the next step in your career and become a leader in the education arena. It all begins when you apply to Furman. Follow our application steps to begin building a strong foundation for your success.​

General Admission Requirements

To be admitted to our Graduate Studies in Education program, you must meet the following requirements before you can apply for admission:

  • A South Carolina teaching license or equivalent (or eligible for licensure).  Note:  Professional level license is needed for School Leadership programs, and Admin certification is needed for the EdS in Educational Leadership program.
  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution or a Teacher Education Program that is recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).

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​​​​​​Qualifications of an International Applicant

Any applicant who is a non-U.S. citizen wishing to attend Furman University Graduate Studies programs as a degree- or non-degree seeking student is considered an international applicant. All international applicants are required to have transcripts from any non-U.S. institutions evaluated by a credentialing service. All applications, fees, documents, and requirements must be submitted online through our secure admissions site to Graduate Studies. Official GRE General Test Score(s) should be submitted to Graduate Studies directly from ETS.

Visa Information

Anyone already issued a valid U.S. visa (H-type or J-type), or a Permanent Residency Card, must submit copies of these documents as part of the application process. If an international applicant is seeking a student visa (F-1), the process for applying for this status will be addressed by the Dean of International Admission.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Fall: March 15
Spring: August 15
Summer: January 15
It is important to note that if your program’s deadline is prior to the international deadline, you should have your materials in by the earlier deadline.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English must submit appropriate scores from either TOEFL or IELTS. All international graduate applicants must present one of the following as part of their online application: a TOEFL score of at least 577 on the paper-based test (pbt) or 90 on the internet-based test (ibt) or an IELTS score of at least 7.5. Applicants who take the TOEFL or IELTS must have the official score report sent to Graduate Studies directly from the testing service.
Applicants who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Program directors may also petition Graduate Studies to waive this requirement on an individual basis.

Furman Department of Education-specific requirements

Applicants without a state of SC-issued teaching certificate, including but not limited to international applicants, must submit documentation (i.e. letter from an administrator, official transcript, etc.) indicating previous preparation and/or experience as a classroom teacher. International students without a valid SC teaching certificate are not eligible for initial or add-on licensure at program completion.