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Application Information

Application Deadlines

Our next application deadlines are June 15 and July 1. We accept applications for fall admission through July 15. Please view our application deadlines page for additional details.

Required Materials

A completed application for any School of Education program includes:

  1. Graduate application with $50 application fee.

  2. Statement of purpose.  See further details below.

  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. See further details below.

  4. Letters of recommendation. See further details below.

  5. Individual program requirements. See further details below.

  6. English proficiency requirement. (for non-native speakers of English). See further details below.

  7. Special requirements for international students. See further details below.

Statement of Purpose

Please follow the following guidelines for your statement of purpose. The statement should be between 500-750 words:

  1. Describe how your past education and experiences are relevant to your candidacy for this program.
  2. Explain your current reasons for applying now to this particular program in the School of Education at Mills College.
  3. Share your professional aspirations, indicating how this program will prepare you for the future.

EdD applicants should also describe a topic or set of issues you would like to study, what you would like to learn more about, and how this relates to the core themes of the Educational Leadership EdD program: school leadership, issues of race and ethnicity in urban education, and democratic, progressive, and social justice education - from cradle to career.


Transcripts with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree must be submitted as part of the application review process. One (1) official transcript from a students’ bachelor’s degree receiving institution is required, and official OR unofficial transcripts for all credited course work toward receipt of bachelor's degree, including courses taken at community college, must be submitted. Students should also submit transcripts from any relevant graduate level work they have completed.

If you obtained your bachelor’s degree outside the US, you are required to have your transcript evaluated by a NACES member organization. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Please Note:
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the successful completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress. Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.

Hard-copy transcripts should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
MB #45
Oakland, CA 94613

Digital transcripts can be sent through a verified service to grad-admission@mills.edu.

Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation forms are part of the online application or can be sent directly by the recommender to the Office of Graduate Admissions via postal mail or email. The School of Education requires at least two but suggests submitting three recommendations; at least one should come from an academic source and at least one should come from a relevant practitioner. 

Individual Program Requirements

To learn about the course work, background, and/or testing required to apply to each of our programs, please visit the following pages:

Early Childhood Education Programs

Teacher Education Programs

Educational Leadership Programs

English Proficiency Requirement

All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Duolingo English Test (DET), or the English Language School (ELS) Certificate.

The Education graduate program requires a minimum of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 80 for the internet-based TOEFL, IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, a 60% on the DET, or the ELS Level 112 Certificate.

More information about these exams is available online at www.ets.org/toefl, www.ielts.org, https://englishtest.duolingo.com and www.els.edu.

Additional Requirements for International Students

Prior to enrollment, applicants who require a visa for studying at Mills are required to submit a Certification of Finances form and bank statement. These documents do not need to be submitted with the application materials. An I-20 cannot be issued without these documents.

Additional information about these forms and all other requirements for international students can be found here.

If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 510.430.3309 or grad-admission@mills.edu.


Last Updated: 5/2/17