Are you interested in our Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Studies? Then it's time to apply. Admission to our graduate program is a three-part process. First you must meet the admission criteria, second, you must apply to the graduate school, and third, you must apply directly to the program.

Due Dates

Applications for admission are accepted continuously. However, applicants should plan to have complete applications, with all additional materials and completed test scores, submitted to both the graduate school and the department by the following dates:

  • for Fall admission – July 1
  • for Spring admission – November 1
  • for Summer admission – April 1

Applications received after the apply date may be considered for the following start semester but may also require a new graduate application and an additional application fee.

Apply to GradUate SchooL

The following materials are sent directly to the graduate school along with the graduate application. You can begin this process by clicking on the Graduate School link above.

  • Graduate Application (be sure to select the appropriate start semester and graduate program)
  • Academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • At least three letters of reference from sources that are familiar with your academic work. Digital requests for letters can be sent as part of the graduate application, or can solicited independently and sent directly to the program director.

Complete the Application

You will need to determine if your program is delivered online or on campus. Please contact your program director to determine your delivery mode.

If you will be an online student and you live outside Indiana, this information regarding State Regulatory Authorizations might apply to you.

In addition, you must apply to the Department of Educational Studies. Eligible students will have completed a masters degree prior to application to the Phd program.

Admission Criteria

The admissions committee for the PhD in Educational Studies considers the following criteria in reaching its admissions decision:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (while we seriously take GRE scores into account, we do not specify a required score)
  • minimum grade point average of 3.2 in previous graduate work
  • masters degree transcripts from previous graduate work, with a graduation date prior to application to the PhD program
  • content of the reference letters
  • applicant's professional and personal goals, relevant career, or life experiences and accomplishments
  • evidence of advanced study skills including writing, speaking, and completing research

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials to the PhD program director, Dr. Gilbert Park.

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in and expectations from the doctoral program; related past professional experience and future goals should be included
  • current educational and employment vitae
  • evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English, such as examples of previous research reports, a masters thesis, or funded grants
  • any additional or solicited letters of recommendation

Submit Materials


Questions about the program or admissions process can be directed to:

Dr. Gilbert Park
Program Director: Phd in Educational Studies
View Email Address
TC 835

Annette Farr
Graduate Admissions and Advising Specialist
View Email Address
TC 805