Ph.D. Admissions Criteria
Please read through the application requirements thoroughly. We also recommend attending an Information Session as soon as possible.
The following information is specific to our Ph.D. degree programs in education. Requirements for admission include:
4-year equivalent from an accredited institution
3.0 GPA in junior/senior years
General Subject Test
Invested interest in conducting research that aligns with the GSOE faculty
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. Unofficial copies may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for application review purposes only. 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:
Graduate School of Education
900 University Avenue
1207 Sproul Hall
Riverside, CA 92521
Letters of Recommendation
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.
Report GRE scores to UCR. Test scores may not be more than five years old from the month of matriculation (example: September 2014 for Fall 2019 admission). Request that ETS send your scores electronically to UCR. UC Riverside code: R4839.
Statement of Purpose & Personal History
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.
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.
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:
University Office Building Room 116
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA
Fall 2019 Admission
September 15, 2018 – Application opens
December 15, 2018 - PhD fellowship consideration and School Psychology deadline
June 1, 2019 – International applicant deadline*
September 1, 2019 – Domestic applicant deadline*
*Fellowships subject to availability during later deadlines. All application materials must be in by posted deadline including transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation.
Quarter Starts September 26, 2019