Ph.D. Admission Information
Doctoral Program in Special Education
Applications for the doctoral program are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
For admission into the Ph.D. program, applicants must have a master’s degree and 2-3 years of certified classroom teaching or comparable applied experience working with individuals with disabilities. In addition, an undergraduate and graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above is required. However, a graduate GPA of 3.5 or above is recommended.
Before submitting your application for consideration, please contact the Department Chair for a preliminary interview. Following this interview, the Department Chair will then recommend a tenured faculty member to conduct your second interview. This second interview will be in your intended research area.
The Ph.D. Admissions Committee will review the following information when evaluating a candidate’s qualifications for admission:
- Application for admission (SLATE Application UofU)
- Applicant’s letter of intent
- Professional Resume of Curriculum Vitae
- Professional statement
- Written response on a professional issue in the field
- GRE test scores taken within the last five years (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical/Writing)
- Three letters of recommendation (at least two of the three letters must be from persons who can address the applicant’s academic abilities)
- Proof of USBE cleared background check
- Official english proficiency scores for international students
- Transcripts for all colleges and universities applicants
Application through SLATE
Application for admission is on the University web site through SLATE:
Please do not attempt to upload university transcripts or any other documents that are password-protected. The SLATE system will not be able to access them and the application will be considered incomplete.