Application deadlines for admissions into the major:
March 1 for the fall semester
November 1 for the spring semester
Online application and complete program information about the major can be found on the School of Education's Undergraduate Academic Programs webpage. (General information about undergraduate majors can be found in the undergraduate school catalog)
Information about graduate school requirements include an online application and instructions for submitting the application fee.
Applications for admission are considered for summer, spring, and fall. Applications for
summer and fall admission should be submitted by February 15; those for spring
admission should be submitted by October 15. In order to enter the program, candidates
must be approved for admission by both the program faculty and the Graduate School.
Factors considered in admission decisions include academic performance in previous
undergraduate (final 60 credits) and graduate study, relevance of prior study, professional
employment history, reasons for pursuing doctoral degree, letters of reference (minimum
of three from former professors and supervisors), results of the Graduate Record
Examination and/or the Miller Analogies Test, and as requested, a personal interview. The faculty is
particularly interested in the recruitment of women, people of color, and people with
Students beginning the Ph.D. program are admitted to “advanced graduate study.” Formal
admission to “doctoral study” occurs after the equivalent of one or two semesters of full time study in the program. This status is based on performance during advanced graduate
study, completion of any master’s level deficiencies, a written plan for doctoral study,
writing sample, and recommendations from three faculty members. Admission to
“doctoral candidacy” occurs after satisfactory completion of all required coursework and
all four parts of the Ph.D. preliminary examination. Upon admission to doctoral
candidacy, the student is eligible to submit a formal proposal for the dissertation.