Application Schedule

The next Ph.D. cohort will begin classes in fall 2016. Applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2015.

June 1 – October 1, 2015 — Accepting Ph.D. applications for fall 2016 cohort

November 1, 2015 — First review of applications

January 15, 2016 — Applicant notification of decision

Late applications received after November 1 will be reviewed before March 1 and notified of decision before May 1, 2016.


To be considered for the program, an applicant must provide the following:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  • A GRE score of at least 304 (total verbal reasoning and quantitative scores);
  • Three current letters of recommendation that speak to an applicant’s qualifications for graduate study and research;
  • A sample of written work that demonstrates an applicant’s scholarly writing ability;
  • A 200-300 word statement outlining the applicant’s career goals and research interests; and
  • When appropriate, a strong performance on the TOEFL, usually evidenced by a score of 650 or above.

In some cases, an applicant who does not meet the above criteria may be admitted on academic probation. Academic probation allows a student the opportunity to demonstrate his/her ability to succeed with doctoral level course work.

Send Application

Please send application materials to the ESU Graduate School:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
1200 Commercial St. - Box 4003
Emporia, KS 66801

International Students - Please complete and submit a paper application to ESU Graduate School.

Go to and select "Print-Friendly Version." This form can be printed and completed, then mailed with the supporting materials to the ESU Office for International Education.

Emporia State University
Office of International Education
1200 Commercial St. - Box 4041
Emporia, KS 66801
United States of America

For more information about the degree, see the Doctor of Philosophy page.