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Admissions Requirements Highlights

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Admission to the master's program is a joint decision by the Texas State Graduate College and the Talent Development program.  The Graduate College makes the final decision, taking into consideration the Talent Development program's recommendation. Here are some highlights of the requirements for admission to this program:

  • a 2.75 or higher GPA on the last 60 credit hours of letter-grade work earned
  • a baccalaureate degree by the time you begin taking graduate courses
  • official copies of your transcripts (although it is possible to apply with unofficial copies and get the official copies sent later, upon acceptance into the program)

The GRE is not required. 

You may apply at any time. We admit students on a "rolling" basis, with "flexible" rather than "firm" deadlines.  We encourage you to apply for your ideal starting semester.

Where to apply

Application Information from the Graduate College, along with the link to the online application, may be found here:

Additional information about applying for master's programs in Elementary Education-Talent Development may be found here on the Graduate College site:

Additional information about applying for the master's programs in Secondary Education-Talent Development may be found here on the Graduate College site:

Still have questions? If you need any clarifications regarding admissions, feel free to contact Dr. Susan Field Waite, the graduate advisor for Talent Development studies:  You also may contact the Graduate College:

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Using the Slate Online Application

Texas State uses the Slate application system for the Graduate College admissions process.  Here is the link to the start of that online application process:

First-time applicants begin by registering with the system. 

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Choosing a graduate minor

Applicants to a M.Ed. program in talent development will need to select a graduate minor. A list of graduate minors may be found here:

The three most popular minors for Talent Development students in recent years have been Cognate, Creativity Studies, and Diversity Studies. Some of the other minors that Talent Development students have pursued include: Physics, Music, Reading Education, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Gifted and Talented Education, and Secondary Education.

What is a "Cognate" minor?  The nine-hour "Cognate" minor provides flexibility for talent development students to pursue nine semester hours in multiple areas of interest (three approved courses).  It is possible to take a variety of approved graduate-level courses in departments across the university.  Students work with the graduate advisor to select their courses. For example, some middle school teachers have filled a Cognate minor with courses related to their teaching fields.  Early Childhood educators have focused their cognate coursework in Early Chlldhood Education and Family & Child Studies. Some students who work in out-of-school settings have filled a Cognate minor with courses in specialty areas across the university, such as Exercise Science.

M.A. programs do not include a graduate minor.