Admissions Process for PhD Program

General Application Requirements:

  • The application deadline for the Logan-based C&I Doctoral Program is February 1.
  • The application deadline for Distance Doctoral Cohorts is February 1 of even-numbered years
  • The application process cannot begin without payment of the $55 application fee.  Once the fee is paid, it takes 4-6 weeks for all materials to be processed.  All materials must be processed by February 1.
  • Applicants must show evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience and have completed a master's degree in education or closely related field (e.g., Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences)
  • Admitted students will matriculate the following fall semester. 
  • Decisions regarding assistantships for full-time, Logan-based doctoral students are generally made in March or April for the following academic year.  Assistantships are limited, and to be considered for an assistantship, applicants must be able to teach undergraduate teacher education courses or work as research assistants.

Checklist for admission:

To apply, carefully follow these directions:

STEP 1: Take the GRE General Test. (Consider taking a GRE prep test.) We require GRE scores at the 40th percentile or higher on both the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning portions of the test. If you take the computer-based GRE General Test, official scores will be sent approximately 10–15 days after your test date. If you take the paper-based test, your official scores will be sent within six weeks after your test date.
Registration and testing sites are available online here: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/about

STEP 2: Solicit letters of recommendation from three people who can evaluate your academic potential in a doctoral program. You need their consent and their email addresses, which you will enter into the electronic application system. They will receive an email with directions for how to log in and submit their recommendations for you.

STEP 3: Have official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended sent directly to:
USU School of Graduate Studies
900 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

STEP 4: Complete the electronic USU Graduate School Application (https://rgs.usu.edu/gradguide/htm/apply):
• Under Planned Choice of Study, select “Education: Curriculum and Instruction” for the choice of study.

• Supplemental Items - after you submit your application you will be asked for supplemental items.  We request that you upload an essay (directions below) and an up-to-date vitae or resume that summarizes academic and employment history.  Because we require two years of teaching experience for admission, your vita/resume must include information detailing your teaching experience (please include dates & grade levels). 

• Essay -  Complete and essay (approximately 500 words) as a separate document that you can upload into the School of Graduates Studies Application.

In your essay, provide information under the following headings:

Department of Interest:  There are two departments that participate in the Ph.D. in Education with a Specialization in C & I Program:  The School of Teacher Education Leadership and the School of Applied Sciences Technology and Education (specifically Career and Technical Education). In which department do you want to study and explore research?

Professional Goals:  Explain why you want to pursue doctoral study.  What are your career goals?  How will attaining a doctoral degree support those goals?  Describe the contributions you hope to make as a result of obtaining a doctoral degree.

Educational Experiences:  Include information about your personal and professional experiences.  How many years of teaching have you completed and in what grades, subjects, and schools?  What background experiences do you bring to a doctoral program in education?  How have you developed as an educator that will contribute to doctoral study (e.g., defining moments, challenges, hardships overcome)?

Academic Interests:  Identify your particular academic interests as they relate to advanced study of Curriculum and Instruction.  What research topics or methods are of current interest?  Which scholars, theorists, or philosophers influenced your thinking and interest in advanced study?

Faculty Connections:  Which USU faculty members do you think align with might be able to support your research interest?  Specify which of our faculty members we might assign as your temporary chair.  Click here for a list of research interest of current faculty who mentor students in the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program.


STEP 5: Distance Doctoral Students Only
• Distance Doctoral Cohort Program applicants must also submit a Declaration of Commitment form.  Please email form to Krista Terrell.

Application questions should be addressed to Krista Terrell.

What we're looking for when we review your file:

A strong file should meet or exceed the application requirements, contain evidence of two years successful teaching experience, and identify research goals that align with our program concentrations (i.e., Instructional Leadership, Mathematics Education and Leadership or Literacy Leadership) and faculty member interests. Applications not complete within one year are closed and the applicant will need to reapply, unless an extension is requested and approved. Please contact us if you need an extension.

Contact Information

Program Staff Assistant: Krista Terrell | krista.terrell@usu.edu | 435-797-1473

Program Director: Dr. Kathleen Mohr | kathleen.mohr@usu.edu | 435-797-3946

School of Teacher Education and Leadership
2805 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-2805