This program is specifically geared toward preparing researchers and leadership personnel in the field of bilingual multicultural education. Program graduates are typically employed in schools of education as faculty and/or researchers. Graduates also serve in professional positions with state and federal education agencies as well as local school districts.

Students are expected to bring an appropriate Master's degree and professional background to the doctoral program. The exact nature of the MA and professional experience required for admission depends upon the career goals of the candidate, but many candidates bring an MA in Bilingual/Multicultural Education or related degree, and experience in a bilingual classroom.

Financial Support

All of our doctoral students are awarded generous funding packages. Stipends and grants cover tuition costs and provide experiential graduate assistantships that further prepare you for your future as a researcher, educator, and leader in the field.  Fellowship and assistantship packages are awarded on a competitive basis and vary for each student, but all funding packages cover five years of full-time study. Contact an advisor to learn more

Admissions Requirements

  • A Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcripts (official transcripts are required after admission)
  • GRE test scores (within 5 years)
  • TOEFL scores for international students
  • Application Fee ($60 domestic application/$80 international) along with the application

Admission to all our graduate programs is competitive and based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, scores on exams, letters of recommendation, personal statement, evidence of special accomplishments, and relevant past experience. Criteria are considered in the aggregate. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


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For more information about courses and program requirements, visit the CU Boulder Course Catalog