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3. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0

The Credential/Masters program is very rigorous and requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 for admission.  Your cumulative GPA will consider all college coursework.

There are a few exceptions to the 3.0 GPA:

1.  GPA Evaluation:  If your undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0, we can evaluate your transcripts looking at your last two years of upper division coursework.

To request an evaluation, submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended by one of the following options:  emailing to, faxing to (530) 754-6672, or if you are a UCD student emailing us your student ID with the evaluation request.

If this evaluation indicates a GPA of 3.0 we will consider this adjusted GPA on your application.  Although not required for initial review, it is strongly recommended to have letters of academic reference ready to submit if requested.

If this evaluation indicates a GPA below 3.0, it is possible to be considered for a GPA Exception.

2.  GPA Exception:  If an evaluation of your transcripts does not result in a GPA of 3.0 or higher it is possible to be considered for an admissions exception to the GPA.  Please be aware that only a handful of exceptions are approved each year and are usually in hard to fill credential areas or for a student who has an exceptional or unique background. The Dean of Graduate Studies makes the final decision about offering admissions to applicants whose GPA is below 3.0.

Three letters of academic reference will be required to be considered for an exception.  These letters are not submitted through the online process.  Please review our section on Letters of Recommendation in the Prerequisite section for guidance.

3.  Masters GPA of 3.5:  If you have completed a Masters program with a GPA of 3.5 or higher this can be considered instead of your undergraduate GPA.


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