How to Apply to the PhD Program
The materials that must be submitted to apply for the PhD Program include:
- University Graduate Application Form. All students must submit an application online by starting at the University's Online Graduate Admissions website.
- Official Transcripts of all Prior University Course Work. All applicants should have these mailed directly to the University Office of Admissions. International applicants may be required to provide certified translations of their transcripts and degree certificates with certified translations.
- Official GRE scores (including the analytic writing score). All applicants should have these mailed directly to the University Office of Admissions.
- Official TOEFL scores (required only of international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree from a college or university in an English-speaking nation). These should be sent directly to the University Office of Admissions.
- Three Letters of Recommendation. Please return to the University Application, select "Recommendations" and follow the instructions. Ideally these recommendations should come from faculty who have taught or advised you, or have supervised your work on a research project.
- The Department's Supplemental Form for PhD Applications. This is a WORD document that should be saved to your computer, completed, and uploaded in the Supporting Documents page of the University Application as Document 1.
- Requests for further application information can be made by contacting the Department Admissions coordinator at email@example.com .
Overview of Application Process
Applications for admission to the doctoral program are welcome from persons holding a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States, or the equivalent from an institution abroad. No specific major is required. Our students come from a wide diversity of majors in the social sciences, design professions, sciences, business, and humanities.
The minimum university criterion to be considered for admission to graduate school is an upper division grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for previous undergraduate study. The university also requires all applicants for admission to graduate programs to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In the past typical students entering the department’s graduate programs have scored at or above the 64th percentile on the GRE Verbal test (510 old exam, 154 new exam), at or above the 45th percentile on the GRE Quantitative test (590 old exam, 148 new exam), and at or above the 41st percentile on the GRE Analytic Writing Exam (4.0 score on both exams). Please note that the GRE scores form only part of your application and the department views your entire application holistically in making a determination of admission. In making admissions decisions, the department also carefully considers other credentials including letters of recommendation from faculty, work experience, and extracurricular and civic activities.
Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The following are the minimum scores required for admission to the University:
• Internet based TOEFL (IBTOEFL): 80
• Paper based TOEFL (TOEFL): 550
• Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 77
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
In addition, international graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass a test of spoken English.
|Fall Term||Spring Term|
|Application for Admission (US Applicants)||July 1st||November 1st|
|Application for Admission (International Applicants)||February 15th||September 1st|
|Department Financial Aid Application||February 15th||N/A|
|Application for University Fellowship||January 9th||N/A|
Students in the doctoral program usually begin their studies in the fall term in late August. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. For fall admission, all required application materials from U.S. students must be received no later than July 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll. Applicants who wish to be considered for department financial aid must submit all required application materials by February 15 of the prior spring. Students who wish to apply for a University Fellowship must submit all required application materials by early January of the prior spring. Application materials for fall admission from international applicants must be received by February 15th.
We admit a few highly qualified applicants on a space-available-basis to begin PhD studies in the spring term, which begins in January. To be considered for spring admission, all required application materials from U.S. students should be received no later than November 1 of the preceding year. Materials from international applicants must be received by September 1. Ordinarily no financial aid is available to students beginning studies in the spring term.