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The Master of Arts program at Furman University is designed primarily for certified teachers. Those seeking initial certification may be required to take undergraduate courses that do not apply toward the master's degree. Expectations for the quality and amount of academic work completed by graduate students at Furman University are higher than those for undergraduate students. These higher expectations are maintained in graduate courses and in courses that enroll both graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate courses at Furman University help students cultivate the ability to conduct independent research, projects, and/or investigations so that they can make meaningful contributions to the education profession.

In order to be admitted into the graduate program of study, a person must have:
  • graduated from an accredited institution or a Teacher Education Program that is recognized by the South Carolina Board of Education
  • an undergraduate minimum GPA of 2.5 or permission of the Director of Graduate Studies in Education 
  • completed the graduate application form (GS1A) 
  • two completed recommendation forms (GS1B) by persons familiar with the candidates teaching (e.g. principal, assistant principal, immediate supervisor) 
  • Praxis II scores for all areas of certification held at entry to the graduate program 
  • photocopy of current teaching certificate
  • official transcripts from each college attended 

Once admitted, graduate degree candidates must meet with an advisor in the Office of Graduate Studies to plan a preliminary program and complete a Program of Study worksheet (GS2). At this time, the graduate degree candidate will be assigned a faculty contact person. No more than six hours of graduate credit from another institution can be applied toward a Master's degree in education at Furman.

Program Continuation


In order to continue in the graduate program and a specific concentration, graduate degree candidates must have:
  • completed 9 hours of graduate course work at Furman University (three courses with at least one core course, either EDFD 602 (102) or EDFD 604 (104) with a GPA of 3.0
  • completed the Admission to Candidacy Form (GS3) and obtained advisor or core instructor signature 

After Admission to Candidacy, all graduate degree candidates in the program are required to:
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA, with no more than two grades of "C" balanced by two grades of "A" in the program. (note: grades lower than C are not permissible) 
  • continue satisfactory demonstration of content knowledge, pedagogical skills and dispositions related to the programs conceptual framework and national standards of the Specialty Professional Association (SPA) related to the concentration 
  • Resolve any Event/Concern Report that may be filed 

Steps to a Master's Degree in Education at Furman - Quick View


  1. Preliminary Conference - Office of Graduate Studies 
  2. Application (GS1A)/fees/official transcripts/Praxis scores/teaching certificate/recommendations (GS1B) 
  3. GS2 - Acceptance/official conference 
  4. Program Completion/Degree Audit (GS4), begin practicum/internship 
  5. Intent to Graduate Form (GS5), complete EDFD 879 (199) and survey 
  6. GRADUATION
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