Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

All students entering the Ph.D. program are intended to be full-time students. A Master’s degree is not required for admission, but some students who have completed a relevant Master’s degree prior to entering the program are preferred. Qualified students with adequate training in applied mathematics, statistics, or quantitative research methodology may enter the Ph.D. program directly with a Bachelor’s degree. Although extensive experience with statistics is not required for admission, students must have successfully completed an introductory statistics (or equivalent) course to be considered for admission.

Admission to the RME doctoral program is based on the following:

  • Official transcripts showing undergraduate and graduate GPAs. An undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • GRE Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing Scores. The target minimum is a score of 300 combined on verbal and quantitative.
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least two of the three letters of recommendation should include specific evaluation of the candidate’s potential to engage in scholarly research required for this program.
  • A personal statement describing
    • the personal characteristics relevant to training in educational and psychological research, measurement, and statistics,
    • reasons for applying the program,
    • previous research experience and ideas for developing a research program,
    • fit with at least one RME faculty members’ research program and interest in working with in terms of background and interests,
    • current resume,
    • previous experience in educational and psychological research,
    • and career goals upon graduation.
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (for international students)

Applications are accepted for fall admission only. The number of admissions to the doctoral program depends on available student space in the program and faculty resources.