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Ph.D. Admission Information

Matt Jameson, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(801) 585-3742


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 (University online APPLYYOURSELF)
  • 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 TOEFL scores for international students
  • Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended

Application for admission is on the University web site ApplyYourself at

Please do not attempt to upload university transcripts or any other documents that are password-protected.  The ApplyYourself system will not be able to access them and the application will be considered incomplete.

Instructions for Uploading Professional Statements to the ApplyYourself System

Proposed Interview Questions for International Students

International Students TOEFL Information

Last Updated: 8/31/21