M.A. On Campus

Special Education

The University of New Mexico

12 months
26636 USD/year
26636 USD/year
8509 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Special Education Program at The University of New Mexico (UNM), offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (MA) to qualified students. 


Special Education M.A. Program

The Special Education student at The University of New Mexico may choose from two concentrations: Concentration I, Mental Retardation and Severe Disabilities: Studies in Educational Equity for Diverse Exceptional Learners (which includes mental retardation, severe disabilities, autism, severe psychiatric disabilities, intensive communication needs, cultural and linguistic diversity, and inclusive education); and Concentration II, Learning and Behavioral Exceptionalities: Studies in Instruction, Curriculum, Collaboration, and Transition of Diverse Learners (which includes learning disabilities, emotional & behavioral disorders, bilingual/multicultural, early childhood, and secondary transition). The degree program can also lead to teacher licensure in special education if the student requests that option early in the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teacher preparation
  • Comprehensive educational assessment
  • Professional development for other leaders
  • Research on issues affecting diverse exceptional learners
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Advocacy
  • Technical assistance and partnerships with schools and agencies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent in another country.
  • Generally, applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) or its equivalent in their last two undergraduate years and in their major field.
  • Must indicate all academic institutions they have previously attended on their applications.
  • In most departments, the minimum undergraduate prerequisite is 12 semester hours of upper division course work (300-level courses or higher) in the major field to which the student is applying, or in cognate areas.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26636 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26636 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    26636 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26636 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8509 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8509 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Albuquerque

870 - 1360 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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