Graduate School of Education


How to Apply

The following links provide all the necessary information to guide you through the application process. Please read through the application requirements thoroughly. We also recommend attending an Information Session as soon as possible.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to fill out and submit an online graduate application here.  You can also check out our application flow chart and timeline and frequently asked questions.

  • Ph.D. Admissions Criteria

    The following information is specific to our Ph.D. in education. Requirements for admission include:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • 3.0 GPA in junior/senior years
    • GRE general test scores for verbal, quantitative and writing sections
  • Application Deadlines

    Fall 2019 Admission

    September 15, 2018 – Application opens

    December 15, 2018 - Fellowship consideration and School Psychology deadline

    June 1, 2019 – International applicant deadline

    September 1, 2019 – Domestic applicant deadline

  • Application Requirements
    1. Complete the Online Application by the posted deadline. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
    2. Mail in one copy of all official transcripts in the original sealed envelope from the home institution. All academic institutions attended after high school should be reported even if coursework was transferred to another college or university. International applicants must submit official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diploma in their original language and English by the home institution. Notarized documents or copies are not accepted.
      Mail documents to: Admission Processing
      Graduate School of Education
      1207 Sproul Hall
      900 University Avenue
      Riverside, CA 92521
    3. Report GRE scores to UCR. Test scores may not be more than five years old from the month of matriculation (example: September 2013 for Fall 2018 admission). Request that ETS send your scores electronically to UCR. UC Riverside code: R4839.
    4. Submit two essays: Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement. The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to discuss your intent for pursuing the graduate program and how it aligns with your career objectives. The Personal History Statement is about your background, culture, economic and social experiences, and how those elements have led you to pursue a graduate degree. Each essay should not exceed 3,000 characters and is uploaded directly to the online application.
    5. Acquire three letters of recommendation from academic sources. At least two letters should be requested from professors who are in a position to analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program. Professional letters may be used if the applicant has been away from school for several years. All letters of recommendation must be in English. If you have been enrolled in a previous graduate program, it is required that one letter be from your research or program advisor in that graduate program. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere.
    6. Submit a writing sample.
      The writing sample may be a research paper (term paper or empirical research paper) submitted for a previous course, but does not need to be graded. It should not exceed 30 pages. It should not be an abstract or a report, but a research paper. It is preferred that you be the sole author of the paper.
    7. Fill out the "Supplementary Fellowship" information section on the online application for admission.
      All domestic applicants are encouraged to submit the Supplementary Fellowship information form in order to be considered for all awards for which they might qualify. This optional form is for domestic applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based diversity fellowships.
    8. International applicants: request TOEFL or IELTS scores from ETS to be sent to UC Riverside.
      TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted by students whose native language is not English and who do not have a bachelor's or postgraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction. The scores cannot be more than two years old from the date of matriculation.
      UC Riverside code: 4839

      TOEFL - minimum required scores:
      Internet-Based Test (iBT) - 80
      Paper-Based Test (PBT) - 550
      Computer-Based Test (CBT) - 213

      IELTS - minimum required scores:
      Overall score – 7
      Individual/sub-scores – 6

      An official Test Report Form (TRF) should reported electronically to UCR or mailed to:

      Graduate Admissions
      University Office Building Room 116
      University of California, Riverside
      Riverside, CA 92521 USA

    9. International applicants: submit original International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement upon admission.

Mailing Address:
Graduate Programs
Graduate School of Education
Sproul Hall 1207
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521