University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Admissions for Learning Sciences and Policy - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed School of Education Admissions Application.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to “University of Pittsburgh”
  • Individual transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study
  • Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master’s degree within the United States. We strongly recommend using World Education services (WES) to complete this service.
  • GRE scores for all international and domestic students
  • Only students committed to full-time study will be considered (except in unusual circumstances where the applicant works in a setting where research opportunities are available such as a research assistant on a funded project)
  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to the applicant’s potential for research and prior professional experience. No personal acquaintance recommendations will be accepted.
  • TOEFL scores for international students from non-native English speaking countries. Minimum of 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with sub scores of 21 or higher, or 7.0 IELTS with sub scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A narrative statement (750-1250 words) that explains the following:
    • The applicant’s specific area of research interest
    • The alignment of research interests with at least 1 or 2 School of Education faculty
    • The supporting field outside of education that the applicant plans to include as part of the degree program
    • How the applicant’s professional experience and academic background have prepared them for graduate study
    • How the PhD program area of concentration, and supporting field will allow them to pursue their research interests and contribute to their professional goals
  • A sample of the applicant’s professional writing in the form of a previously completed term paper, master’s thesis, published article, etc.

Recommended: Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit responses to the School of Education diversity question.


Applications are reviewed once a year and must be received by December 1 for enrollment in the fall semester.

Contact Information

Admissions Inquiries and General Information

School of Education
Admissions and Enrollment Services
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
PHONE: 412-648-2230
FAX: 412-648-1899
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