Prospective Student FAQ

+How are admission decisions made?

The decisions are made by a committee comprised of faculty members from the department. Independent evaluations from each committee member will be compiled for a final decision on admission.

+What particular areas do the committee members review?

The admissions committee review the totality of an applicant: grades, test scores, essays, recommendations, related activities and experiences, and so forth.

+Is the GRE required for admission?

No, we don’t require applicants to submit GRE scores. However, all applicants must submit their transcripts from previously attended institutions so that we are able to evaluate academic capabilities. Those applicants who have low GPAs (below 3.0) are encouraged to take the GRE to demonstrate their academic readiness.

+Will my Texas A&M University diploma say "Online"?

No. Your diploma will state that you have earned a Master of Education in Educational Psychology. There is no distinction between residential or online degree programs stated on the diploma or transcript.

+Will I ever need to come to campus to fulfill any course requirements?

No. All MERITS courses are offered online either through eCampus or Moodle. These online courses are either synchronous, asynchronous, or both, depending on individual curriculum design.

+Is your online format comparable to the traditional residential, on-campus format of classes that you offer?

Yes. Course content wise, they cover the same materials. Structure wise, they are more activity-oriented, self-directed, and peer-collaboration centered. The goal of our online format is to provide distance learners with a guided learning environment for content acquisition and application. We believe our distance learners will find the online format to be tailored to individual needs as well as in-depth information coverage.

+ I see that RMS offers both residential and online master’s degrees. Can I switch programs during my study?

We generally don’t recommend doing so. However, if you decide that you’d like to switch, you will need to re-apply for that program via an abbreviated application process in order to be admitted to the face-to-face program.

+Do you have special requirements for international applicants?

For international students, TOEFL scores above a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test. If presenting the TOEFL iBT, a score of 80 is required. As an alternative to the TOEFL, international students may present the IELTS with a score of 6.0 or higher.