Admission Policies

Policies And Procedures For Admission Into The M. S. Program in Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE) And the Certificate Of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies program under the Joint Degree Program In Law and Education/Disability Studies:

  1.  The College of Law and the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education offer a joint degree program in which COL students can obtain a MS in Cultural Foundations of Education as they pursue their COL degree. Only students who are interested in a CAS in Disability Studies will be admitted into this joint program.
  2. The College of Law must approve a law student’s internal admission application form for both the M. S. in CFE and the CAS in Disability Studies.
  3. As part of the application, applicants must submit a personal statement of approximately two pages explaining their interests in the M. S. in CFE and CAS in Disability Studies (personal statements expressing applicants’ interest in the College of Law or any of its programs is not sufficient).
  4. Law students’ transcripts in the College of Law must be submitted with their applications (undergraduate transcripts, LSAT scores, and other information in their applications to the College of Law are not unnecessary).
  5. To be eligible for admission into the M. S. program in CFE and CAS program in Disability Studies, students must have a GPA in the College of Law of at least 2.75. For applicants who do not have a GPA of 2.75 after their first semester of study, decisions on their applications will be deferred until their second semester grades have been posted (typically June after the second semester). A GPA of 2.75 is lower than the GPA typically required for admission to the M. S. program in CFE and the CAS in Disability Studies program.
  6. A narrative statement recommending admission to the M. S. program in CFE and the CAS in Disability Studies should be submitted by the Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program in the College of Law for each applicant. The narrative statement does not need to be a formal letter of recommendation. A brief statement contained in an email is sufficient.
  7. Applications and related materials should be received no later than April 15 during the student’s second semester of study in the College of Law. All application materials should be sent to Maryann Barker (mabarker@syr.edu) of Cultural Foundations of Education, who will forward materials to faculty when the applications are complete. Students may request a waiver for this date to be extended until November 15 of their third semester of study.
  8. All law school student applicants to the joint degree program in Law and CFE/Disability Studies should meet with both COL Professor Arlene Kanter (kantera@law.syr.edu) and CFE/SOE Professor Alan Foley (afoley@syr.edu) prior to completing the application process. Once law students are accepted into the joint degree program, the students will coordinate their course selection with Professors Kanter and Foley prior to registration each semester.
  9. Approval of courses that are accepted for the M. S. program in CFE and the CAS in Disability Studies is solely at the discretion of CFE faculty.

These policies and procedures apply only to the joint degree program in Law and CFE/Disability Studies. There are currently no other formal joint degree programs between other programs in the SOE and the COL; however, COL students interested in exploring other joint degree options should contact Arlene Kanter.