Admissions Checklist for Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programs

Doctoral degree programs are for students already holding a master’s degree from an accredited college (except for educational psychology and school psychology which only requires a bachelor’s degree) or university. Keep in mind that each program has distinct admissions criteria. Individual applicants are responsible for checking the “Application Materials Required” to ensure that all additional materials have been submitted.

The following items are required:

  • Submission of Online College of Education & Human Development Application for Graduate Admission with $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended, except for GSU. Even if you have applied to or attended Georgia State prior to this application, all transcripts must be sent; transcripts received prior to this application are not available for the Graduate Admissions Committee’s use. Each transcript must be in a sealed envelope with the university registrar’s signature across the flap. All transcripts must be received in order to process your application. Transcripts for degrees completed at non-U.S. colleges and universities must include a university course-by-course evaluation from an independent evaluation service — Joseph SILNY or ECEE.
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores should be sent directly to Georgia State University from the Educational Testing Service. Scores should not be more than five years old at the time of application. The institution code for Georgia State University is 5251.
  • In lieu of Graduate Record Examination scores, applicants to the doctoral program in Educational Policy Studies may present a score on the Miller Analogies Test taken within five years prior to the term of admission to the program. Applicants whose native language is one other than English should also submit an official copy of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Exception: This is not required of international applicants who have received an accredited bachelor’s degree or a higher degree from a U.S. institution.
  • A 300-500 word statement of purpose/goal statement (your professional/career goals) should be included in your online application. This is your opportunity to explain how your career and educational goals are compatible with those of the program to which you are applying.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation (check the Application Materials Required list for number and kinds of rec letters).
  • A resumé or vita should be included with your application. This document should describe all professional employment and work-related experience, as well as past educational endeavors.
  • A writing sample is required for all doctoral programs. Evidence of your writing ability can display qualities relevant to success in a graduate program that may not be evident in test scores and past academic performance, so be sure to include your best work. You may submit term papers or other items of this nature in support of your application.
  • Applicants to the teaching & learning program in music education must submit additional supporting materials. Application checklist is available at