- Review the requirements for program admissions, and application procedures.
- Apply to The Graduate College through ApplyTexas.
- Additional documents such as a resume or essay must be uploaded to the Graduate Admissions Document Upload (GADU) system. This will also be the system you will use to request letters of recommendation. See more in The Application Process.
- The Ph.D. selection committee screens applications using the published Ph.D. Admissions Criteria and selects those to be interviewed. All applicants, including those not selected for an interview, will be notified in writing of their status.
General Admission Policies
Minimum Requirements for Admission
- Complete Texas State Graduate College application on ApplyTexas
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended, including evidence of a master’s degree from an accredited university. These must be electronically sent to email@example.com or mailed directly to the Graduate College. Transcripts are not necessary if the master’s degree was earned at Texas State.
- An application fee of $40.00 may be paid at the time of application completion on ApplyTexas or may be paid at a later date on touchnet.
- TOEFL score for students from countries where English is not the first language.
- An essay of approximately 500 words that describes the applicant’s background and professional goals including his or her rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree uploaded to GADU
- A current resume uploaded to GADU
- Name and contact information for 3 references entered into GADU. Your listed references will receive an email from the system with instructions on completing their letters of recommendation.
The Ph.D. Teaching Faculty Committee will consider the following factors in deciding whether to admit an applicant to the program; strengths in one area may offset shortcomings in another:
- Evidence of a completed master's degree from an accredited university in an area related to proposed studies, with a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale for courses applied to the master's degree.
- Demonstration of interest in a career as an educator and potential to contribute to the advancement of education through professional leadership, as indicated by:
- Review of an essay of approximately 500 words in length describing the applicant’s background and professional goals. This should include the rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree.
- An interview with program faculty.