Applying for Graduate Studies
Required Materials for Masters Degree Candidates
(Domestic Students Only)
- Wheelock Graduate Application and Fee - Students applying to Wheelock's main Boston campus are asked to submit the on-campus online application. Students applying for off-campus programs are asked to submit the off-campus online application. We ask that all students adhere to our priority deadlines.
- Essay- Please submit a 3-5 page essay describing why you would like to attend Wheelock College as a graduate student. Your essay should include information on which degree program you would like to pursue, how you became interested in this field of work, and why you feel Wheelock College, with its mission to improve the lives of children and families, would be the ideal place for you to continue your education. You are also encouraged to describe the strengths that you bring to your chosen field and the professional challenges that you will face.
** Applicants to Wheelock's Peace Corps Masters International program should describe their interest in attending Wheelock and pursuing Peace Corps service. This description should include your professional goals when you finish your Peace Corps service and how the Peace Corps Masters International program will help you realize your goals.
All applicants are welcome to submit additional materials they feel may give the Admissions Committee a broader view of their achievements. Supplemental essays regarding poor performance in undergraduate coursework may also be appropriate. Please contact an admission counselor if you have questions.
- Letters of Reference - Three (3) letters of reference are required. One should be of an academic nature from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant's academic work (e.g., a former professor or instructor of the applicant). The second reference should be from an individual who can discuss the applicant's work or relevant experience. The third letter may be either academic or professional at the applicant's discretion. References from family members and/or friends are not acceptable. Please note that additional letters of reference may be requested at the discretion of the Admission Committee.
All references must arrive in unopened envelopes with the evaluator's signature across the flap. While a student's recommender may draft a letter on his or her own letterhead we do require that the Reference Form be submitted as well with the student's signature as well as the recommender's information. Please make sure that information regarding the confidentiality of the letter is appropriately marked on this form.
**Applicants to the Child Life and Family Centered Care program are highly encouraged to provide a reference from the Child Life Specialist under whom they completed their 100 hours of volunteer work.
**Applicants to the Social Work: Advanced Standing Program must have the following: (1) A reference from their field instructor/field supervisor from their BSW program. The field instructor/supervisor should include a narrative that speaks to their assessment of the applicant's readiness to engage in advanced level graduate work and field practicum. Be sure to include specific recommendations such as, demonstrated readiness to engage in advanced year work; suggested waiting period post-BSW; additional hours in the advanced year field; and/or attending part-time vs. full-time. (2) Applicants must also submit their most recent field evaluation form. For current BSW seniors, please submit your fall semester end field evaluation. For graduated applicants, submit your final senior year field evaluation. For applicants who have graduated 5 or more years ago, or are unable to provide this documentation, please clearly include the ways in which you have engaged in social work professional practice since graduation in your required admission essay.
Download the Reference Form.
- Academic Records (transcripts) - Students applying for admission to a graduate program at Wheelock College must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution. Degree-seeking applicants must present official transcripts from each junior college, college, and university (including Wheelock College, if applicable) at which the applicant was granted a degree.
Applicants should contact the Registrar of each school attended, requesting that an official transcript be sent either to the student or to the Office of Graduate Admissions directly. If the student chooses to submit the transcripts, they must be sent in their original sealed envelopes. Any applicant still taking courses or completing a program at the time of application may be eligible for conditional acceptance and must submit a follow-up transcript showing final grades and degree subsequently obtained. Additional transcripts regarding transferred course work may be requested at the discretion of the Admission Committee.
- Resume - Work experience and career progression are important and will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Resumes should be submitted in a professional format and include: contact information, educational background, work experience, and skills.
- Interview - Not all degree programs require an interview. However, application interviews are required for the following programs: Child Life Program, Integrated Elementary and Special Education for Initial Licensure Program and the Organizational Leadership Program. Also, while interviews for the Social Work program are not required, they may be requested by the Director of the program. The Admissions Committee also may request an evaluative phone or personal interview with an applicant to further discuss the applicant's academic and professional goals. Students applying to other programs may request an evaluative interview. All students are welcome to meet informally with members of the admission staff and faculty. In each case, unless the student is initiating the request for an interview, the Admissions Committee will contact the applicant directly.
- MTEL/Initial Licensure Information for some Education Applicants - information for Professional Licensure Candidates Only - Some licensure only programs require the submission of MTEL scores. Students will be notified of any requirements during the application process. Students applying for a masters degree program which will allow them to be eligible for professional licensure must submit copies of their initial licensure documentation. For more information please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Child Life and Family Centered Care Applicants - Students applying to this program must submit documentation of 100 hours of volunteer work completed under the supervision of a Child Life specialist. (Most often these hours are completed in a hospital setting. If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-879-1114) Students must have completed at least 50 of these hours at the time of application.
Download the 100 Hour Volunteer Form.
All applications materials once submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions become the property of Wheelock College. Incomplete applications as well as applications for students who have been admitted and do not register or who have been denied will be kept on file for one year from the time of application or admission decision. After this period they will be destroyed.