12 months
27113 USD/year
13533 USD/year
6308 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Washington State University's College of Education offers two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree with specializations in Special Education.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key facts

Washington State University 's M.A. degree in Special Education  requires a thesis, while the Ed.M. degree requires a special project, both of which are research focused. The M.A. is designed for students who will potentially enter a doctoral program or who desire to focus on educational research, as opposed to application of educational strategies. 

The Ed.M. allows students to study a variety of education-related areas within structured coursework both on campus as well as online. A specific set of coursework also can lead to a supporting endorsement in special education. Although the Ed.M. students enroll in research courses and engage in research endeavors, the emphasis in this degree option is on application of educational research strategies in schools settings.

Programme Structure

All graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appropriate depth and breadth of understanding about the field of special education and disabilities.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to evaluate, understand, and communicate (oral and written) special education ideas and research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to synthesize and apply special education research to problems of practice through skillful inquiry.
  • Demonstrate and apply scholarly habits of curiosity, inquiry, skepticism, and data-based decision-making.
  • Demonstrate understanding and valuing of diversity through pedagogical and inquiry endeavors.
  • Demonstrate a professional identity appropriate for future career plans.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the WSU Graduate School. These requirements include a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • A Bachelor’s of Science degree in a related area, such as agriculture, plant science, biology, entomology, plant pathology or horticulture is preferred. Without this relevant background, students may be required to complete 6 to 9 semester credits of prerequisite courses at the beginning of their degree program, and these courses may or may not be counted toward the degree program requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27113 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27113 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13533 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13533 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    6308 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6308 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Pullman

904 - 1507 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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