Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction: Concentration in Literacy Studies

Admission Requirements


  1. Strong Academic Record
    • Transcripts from accredited institutions.
    • Earned Master’s Degree in Reading, Language, Literature or related field, or a Master’s Degree in another field with at least 18 hours of Reading, Language, Literature at the graduate level.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing in the 40th percentile or higher. GRE must be taken within 5 years of the application.
    • Three Academic References from individuals who can testify to your academic abilities and accomplishments.
  2. Research Experience
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes levels of education, professional experience, publications, and presentations (if applicable).
    • Writing Samples/Publications: Submit three academic texts that demonstrate your writing and analysis skills. We prefer published manuscripts, but course projects are acceptable.
  3. Relevant Professional Experience
    • Employment References: Submit two references from individuals who can describe your professional experiences and work ethic.

Application Process

Admission Deadlines

Students are admitted into the program in the fall only. The deadline for applications is February 15th.

The admission process is time-consuming. The process begins online through the Graduate School and ends at the department level with the admission decision made by faculty. If you are interested in applying, please begin the process at least one year prior to admission. Applications are not reviewed in the summer.

Students whose applications are received by December 15th of the preceding year, will have the greatest opportunity for scholarships and fellowships. The deadlines for these awards are earlier than the final application deadline.