Thank you for your interest in the PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development.
The PhD program accepts applications year-round. Generally speaking, the course rotation for the PhD begins in the summer. We have a rolling admissions process which begins in the fall. Applications are reviewed and acted upon throughout the year. We encourage you to submit your application well before the summer course rotation begins. The financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions. On our website, please note the PhD concentration areas with current funding opportunities.
As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. Find more details about these areas under the Concentration Areas tab for this program. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.
Step 1. Prepare your materials. The School of Education & Human Development accepts all applications online. Please review the information below to prepare for the application process. Your application will include:
- Current resume or curriculum vita — Applicants must have and show evidence of relevant professional and/or academic experience.
- Written Statement — In 4-6 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger), discuss research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within one of the concentration areas.
- Three letters of recommendation - Preferably, two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled. The recommenders are sent an email with a link to the recommendation form. When a recommender submits the form, we receive an email notifying us that a recommendation has been submitted on your behalf. The recommendation includes a space for your recommender to cut and paste their recommendation.
- Two official transcripts from every previous college/university attended — Please submit transcripts from (a) institutions granting previous degrees and (b) institutions from which courses have been taken that you wish to transfer into the program. Transcripts should be issued to you, collected by you, and subsequently sent to the School of Education & Human Development in the original, unopened envelopes. Instructions on where to mail transcripts are provided in the application.
- Master's degree or equivalent
- 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
- Completion of a basic or advanced statistics course with a grade of B or better in the last 5 years (the course must have "statistics" in the title). If you have not taken a statistics course and earned a B or better in the last 5 years, but you would still like to apply to the program, please see your options.
- Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) — Verbal and quantitative scores are required. The analytical writing score is also required. Scores must not be older than five years at the time of application and must be sent electronically by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to University of Colorado Denver (institution code 4875). Learn more about the General GRE at www.gre.org.
- Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters, and technical reports.
- $50 application fee for domestic students, $75 application fee for international students (paid via credit card, e-check or by mailing in a check)
Step 2. Submit your application. Your application must be submitted online. Please visit the link below to set up your user name and password to access the online application.
Once you complete the new user registration, you will receive the following two emails from email@example.com:
- The first email contains your password for record and verification purposes.
- The second email contains your username for record and verification purposes.
Step 3. Monitor your email. All communication regarding the status of your application, questions we may have, as well as admissions decisions will be sent to the email address you provide to us.
An interview may be required for admission into the PhD program. Should you be invited for an interview, you will be contacted after an initial review of your application to arrange this.
Please note: The ONLY items that we will accept as hard copies are official transcripts and paper checks. All other required materials must be submitted electronically within the online application.
For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org