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Applying for Doctor of Philosophy

Application Schedule

The next Ph.D. cohort will begin classes in fall 2020. Applications will be accepted beginning June 1, 2019.

June 1 – October 1, 2019 — Accepting Ph.D. applications for fall 2020 cohort

November 1, 2019 — Begin review of applications

January 15, 2020 — Applicant notification of decision

Applications received after November 1, 2019 will be reviewed before March 1, 2020 and notified of decision by May 1, 2020.

Requirements (review in-progress; revised by June 1, 2017)

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 complete the graduate school application form at, and submit supplemental application materials to

International Students - Please complete the online application found at

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