If your passion for education has created a desire to earn a graduate degree, you have come to the right place. Our distinguished faculty is ready to serve you, empower you, and challenge you to expand your skill set and knowledge base.  

Take the first step toward earning your master's, specialist or doctoral degree at a premier, nationally ranked Christian university, start your application today.

Application Guidelines

Orlean Beeson School of Education welcomes applications from students and professionals with solid academic abilities and educational leadership potential. Admission decisions are based on the availability of a cohort each term. Completed applications are reviewed at least one week after the posted admission deadlines.  If a cohort is not available, the applicant will be given the option to move his/her application to the next available term and any paper admission materials that were mailed may be held on file for up to two years.  Academic ability is evaluated on completed prior degrees, GPA, letters of recommendation, and test scores (if applicable), among other admission documents and credentials.

Application Deadlines

Start Dates and Deadlines
Start Date Deadline

Fall (August start date)

* Fall start not available for the Nontraditional Master's in Elementary Education program.

July 15

Spring (January start date)

* Spring start not available for the Nontraditional Master's in Elementary Education program, Nontraditional Master's in Secondary Education program, Master's in Educational Leadership program or Master's in Instructional Design and Technology program.

Nov. 15

Summer (June start date)

* Summer start not available for the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program, Master's in Educational Leadership program or Master's in Instructional Design and Technology program.

April 15

Scholarship Information

We keep our graduate tuition competitive with surrounding universities by applying a graduate level scholarship to students in our master's programs and specialist program.  There is no need to apply for this scholarship.  We will automatically adjust your bill each semester.  The scholarship amount changes each fall to accommodate any tuition increases.

Scholarships awarded are posted for each academic term separately and may not be posted prior to the payment deadline set by the bursar’s office (205-726-2816). Candidates receiving scholarships should prepare to either (1) pay the full amount owed and request a refund after the start of classes or (2) pay the amount owed, less the scholarship amount. If candidates choose the second option, it will be the candidates’ responsibility to monitor his or her student account to be sure all financial obligations have been met in a timely manner. Candidates not completing payment for courses by the payment deadline may be dropped from courses and/or issued a late payment fee.

It takes approximately two full weeks for newly admitted candidates to be issued a Samford UserID, password and email address—information needed to register and pay/coordinate financial aid for courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to turn in my immunization record?

Immunization records are due no later than the first day of term.  Failure to submit your form will result in a financial penalty that will be added to your next tuition bill.  Forms are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Do you have accommodations for applicants with disabilities?

Students and applicants with disabilities who seek accommodations must make a request by contacting the Section 504/Disability Access and Accommodation Coordinator, Disability Resources205-726-4078disability@samford.edu.

Can I defer to another start term after I am admitted?

Students may defer to the next available term after an acceptance decision has offered.  Students deferring to another term should be aware that a cohort must be available in order to start.  If a cohort is unavailable for the desired start term, the student will be deferred again.

Can I accept a job while enrolled in a certificate-granting program?

Students enrolled in any teaching certificate-granting program may accept a job in a school as long as the student has been admitted unconditionally.  The student must apply for a SA1 Employment Form through our Certification Office.

Do I have to submit a test score?

We require the MAT or GRE for admission to all of our master’s programs except for the nontraditional programs and our Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology.  The MAT or GRE testing requirement is waived for students who already have a graduate degree.

We require the Praxis exams for entrance to our nontraditional programs. 

We do not require any testing for the doctoral program, the educational specialist program, the Master’s in Instructional Design and Technology program, or our certificate-only programs.