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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.  You can still be considered for admission based on an exception to this requirement.  You will need to submit three academic letters of recommendation as part of your online application.  The letters should be written by professors who can address your academic ability and why s/he believes you will be successful in our program.

If you would like to discuss your GPA in advance of applying, please know that we review each applicant on a case-by-case basis to determine the likelihood that you will be successful in our program.  What we consider:

  1. We look at all college coursework
  2. We evaluate your last two years of upper division coursework
  3. We consider if you have a Masters with a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  4. We consider the college you attended and/or your major

A handful of exceptions to the GPA requirement 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.

If you would like to request a GPA evaluation prior to submitting your application, please submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions you have attended.  You can email us your transcripts or if you are a UCD student send us your student ID with an evaluation request.

Please contact the Student Service office at with any questions you may have on the GPA policy. 



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