Graduate Admission | Graduate Studies | Fort Lewis College

Fall 2022 Application Deadlines

We encourage early applicants because our cohorts are small.

  • Mid-November: Graduate studies program online application activates
  • February 1: Priority application deadline for Fall
  • April 1: Second application review deadline
  • June 1: Third application review deadline
  • August 1: Final application and scholarship deadline (as space and funds are available)
  • August: Mandatory online orientation program for new graduate students.
  • How to Apply
  • Transfer credits
How to Apply

Application Checklist


Review your program's eligibility requirements before applying. After applying online (step 1), submit the other materials via the form below or email to gradstudies@fortlewis.edu

1. Apply Online

Complete the online Graduate Studies Application for Admission.

Make sure you select the correct program preference on the drop-down menu for “Application Type.” If you are not pursuing a Master of Arts in Education (MAE), apply as non-degree/non-credential seeking.

You will pay a non-refundable $50 application fee. Teacher Licensure applicants may qualify for a fee reimbursement from Teach.org

If you experience difficulties submitting your graduate application, email gradstudies@fortlewis.edu or call 970-247-7097.

2. Submit official transcripts & professional and personal development certifications

We prefer electronic official transcripts. We can't accept third-party unofficial/emailed transcripts.

  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Submit professional and personal development you have received credit for on a college transcript.
  • Include conference attendance or coursework for licensure credit. If any transcripts show “work in progress,” you must also send final transcripts.
  • Request the institution or National Transcript Clearinghouse to send your electronic transcripts to gradstudies@fortlewis.edu. Send mailed transcripts to:

    Fort Lewis College
    Graduate Studies
    1000 Rim Drive
    Durango, CO 8130

If you previously attended FLC:

  • Fort Lewis College transcripts will be obtained for you.
  • List any institutions you attended before FLC and submit via the form below or email to gradstudies@fortlewis.edu. We will inquire with the Undergraduate Admissions office if they still have your official transcripts on file.
  • Admission documents are kept for one year. Your responsibility is to request official transcripts to include with your application if our Admissions department no longer has them.

3. Essay

Write a 1,200 to 1,500-word statement that describes:

  • Your interest in graduate education and how it contributes to your personal and professional goals
  • How the Fort Lewis College graduate program you apply to will help you meet your goals. 

4. Résumé

5. Conditional Requirements

Special Education and Teacher Licensure only: Content tests

Take the Praxis test in your content area. The test cost is non-refundable, but Teacher Licensure applicants may qualify for reimbursement from Teach.org.

Special Education Alternative Endorsement only: Employment Confirmation

Download this statement of assurance form and complete the top section. Your employer must also sign.

Principal Leadership Only: Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Have a potential mentor principal or current school principal give insights into your leadership skills and ability to succeed as a principal.
  • Have a peer or colleague address your leadership experience and professional skills to make you succeed as a principal.
Transfer credits

Transferring graduate credits

You may be able to transfer graduate-level credits to fulfill comparable requirements in our Master of Arts or Certificate programs under these conditions: 

Credit transfer rules

The maximum number of credits accepted for transfer will be: 

  • 12 credits for a 36-credit hour program 
  • 9 credits for a 30-credit hour program 
  • 6 credits for the 18-credit hour Teacher Leadership Certificate program 

Credits may not be accepted for transfer if: 

  • The course was not completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a comparable program 
  • The course grade was less than a B 
  • The course was more than 6 years before your date of admission 
  • The course fulfilled the requirements for a previously earned degree at FLC

The Fort Lewis College grade point average calculation will not include transfer credit grades. 

Departmental evaluation 

The Department of Teacher Education evaluates prior coursework on a student-initiated case-by-case basis. The departmental reviewers may require a course syllabus and a course description to make a recommendation. The Department’s recommendation will be emailed to your FLC email account. 

Questions?

Contact our office at gradstudies@fortlewis.edu

Application material submission

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  • Use this form to submit the required application documents. You can submit everything at once or use the form multiple times as you collect your materials. You'll receive an email confirmation of each submittal.