Graduate Degree Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Graduate Studies Office is available to assist you with the application process. But if you need a quick answer to some of our most frequently asked questions, please see the list of questions below.

What are the deadlines for admission?
What is a “priority” deadline?
When should I submit my application?
Where should I send my transcripts?
Do you have online programs?
Are any standardized tests required for admission?
How long are Praxis scores valid?
How much is graduate tuition?
What scholarships and aid are available to help finance my education?
What is a graduate course load?
How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?
What if I need to take a break during my program of study?
Is there campus housing available for graduate students?
Are there campus visits for potential graduate students?


What are the deadlines for admission?
The CEHD graduate program utilizes priority deadlines, rather than hard deadlines. The following are the priority deadlines for each semester:
Fall: July 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: April 15
Regardless of the program an applicant is applying for, we encourage them to apply early to ensure their application is processed in a timely manner.


What is a “priority” deadline?
Applicants may submit materials after the deadline with the understanding that submitting materials after the priority deadline does not guarantee consideration for admission for the following term.


When should I submit my application?
We recommend that you submit an application to our office before submitting transcripts and other admission items because this allows us to anticipate the arrival of these items. This is especially true for students who may have alternate or maiden names on their transcripts. I ensure that these items are adequately added to your application, please make sure that you have completed the step of submitting the written portion of your application.


Where should I send my transcripts?
Please make sure to request an official transcript for each University attended. If your transcript is in a different name, please list that name on your application. You may send your transcripts to grad@montevallo.edu or use one of the electronic transcript delivery services. We also accept paper copies of transcripts but processing is often slower.


Do you have online programs?
UM has many online graduate programs. Please visit our listing of online graduate programs. The following graduate programs are NOT online programs but do have some hybrid or online courses within the program:
● Alternative M.Ed. programs (Elementary, P-12, Secondary)
● Counseling M.Ed.
● Exercise Science M.S.


Are any standardized tests required for admission?
No graduate school admissions tests (MAT/GRE) are required. However, certain degree programs may be required to take a Praxis II examination based on Alabama State Department of Education requirements for teacher certification.


How long are Praxis scores valid?
Test score validity depends on Alabama State Department of Education requirements. Test numbers and requirements change and the University must adhere to the current requirements for certification purposes.


How much is graduate tuition?
Click here to be directed to the Cashier’s Office for tuition rates.


What scholarships and aid are available to help finance my education?
The CEHD has scholarships and assistantships that may be available each semester. Applicants should follow the CEHD social media to receive the latest information about scholarship and assistantship applications. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @MontevalloCEHD. In addition, please access the Student Aid Office for information on the FAFSA and payment plans.


What is a graduate course load?
A full time graduate course load is 9 hours. Typically, our graduate students working full time take approximately 6 hours per semester. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled in at least 5 semester hours. Please access information from the Student Aid Office for additional information.


How long does my file stay active once I have been admitted into a program?
Students who are admitted to graduate study, either conditionally or unconditionally, and who do not enroll within two years will be required to reapply should they later decide to enroll.


What if I need to take a break during my program of study?
Students who are enrolled in graduate coursework and need to take a break in their studies need to re-enroll within two years or they will be required to reapply to the program and be subject to new admission/retention requirements.


Is there campus housing available for graduate students?
Yes. Please visit the Housing and Residence Life webpage.


Are there campus visits for potential graduate students?
Yes. Email grad@montevallo.edu to schedule a campus visit.