Minimum Requirements for Admission

Individuals with any undergraduate major are eligible to apply. Admissions decisions are based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (quantitative, verbal, and writing), letters of recommendation, evidence of special accomplishments (e.g., exemplary performance in research courses, completed research papers), and relevant past experience. The criteria are considered in the aggregate. Special strength in one area can compensate for below-expectation status on another criterion. Congruence between program and student goals is also an important consideration. Admission to all graduate programs in the School of Education is competitive; meeting minimal admission criteria does not guarantee admission. The program has affirmative action goals; candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Individuals seeking admission to the PhD degree programs must satisfy the following minimum admission requirements of the Graduate School:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have done work equivalent to that required for such a degree.
  • Show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research, as judged by the student’s scholastic record.
  • Have adequate preparation to enter graduate study in the chosen field.
  • Have at least a 2.75 (2.00=C) undergraduate grade point average. Note: applicants who cannot meet this undergraduate standard may still secure regular admission if they have completed 12 semester hours of relevant graduate course work with at least a 3.25 average.
  • International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (114) or an IELTS score (8.0).