Doctor of Philosophy Admission
General Requirements: Students with a masters degree in a field unrelated to Education are eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
For international students, please be aware that the Graduate School at the University of North Dakota does not recognize master's degrees from institutions outside of the United States or Canada. For international students whose first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 for the paper based test or 213 for the computer-based test is required for admission.
Application materials should include:
- Transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Transcripts showing a graduate degree from an accredited college or university
- Graduate GPA of 3.5 and above
- Three letters of reference
- An essay that responds to question provided in the application (see below)
- A resume and a writing sample of 10-15 pages (separate from #5 above). Your writing sample should demonstrate the best of your intellectual abilities and/or creative work.
- Optional: scores from the GRE exam, the Advanced GRE, or the Miller’s Analogy Test.
Essay on professional goals.
Using no more than 2000 words: Describe your professional goals and explain how your experiences (academic, professional, life) and the EFR departments' faculty members, emphasis areas, and coursework (please be specific) combine to help meet those goals.
For admission for Fall semester we should receive your complete application materials by February 15; you will be advised by April 15. For admission to Spring semester we should receive your applications materials by October 1; you will be advised by December 1.
Please visit the Graduate School for additional information on how to apply and to begin an application.