Admission Requirements

Application Requirements:

  1. Satisfy the general College of Education and USF Office of Graduate Studies admission requirements as specified for the Ph.D. degree in the current USF catalog. These requirements include but are not limited to the following:

    • Recommended GRE scores of at least 153 Verbal, 148 Quantitative, and 4.5 Analytical Writing;  GRE scores shall not be more than five years old.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Concept paper: A clearly written statement (1000 words) that articulates the scope and motivation for the proposed program of study and research. Strong concept papers articulate how the candidate hopes to bring insights from those disciplines/fields to address problems of interest within education. The concept paper is an opportunity for candidates to clearly articulate how they see interdisciplinary studies in education driving their research and career aspirations.

  2. One Sample of academic writing.
  3. Prior to admission, prospective PhD students, with assistance of the Interdisciplinary Education program coordinator, will identify a College of Education faculty member who is willing and qualified to serve as major professor. Please contact the program coordinator for more information about this.

Note to International Student Applicants: Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S., according to university policy, must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required.