Application Requirements for PhD Students
Congratulations on your interest in joining the PhD program at the Pitt School of Education. You will soon have the opportunity to work alongside the leading minds in education research. The University of Pittsburgh is a Research 1 institution, which means that we engage in the highest levels of research activity. Our faculty are working on groundbreaking research that has a transformative effect on education policy, practice, and science.
PhD Admissions Deadlines
The admissions deadline for PhD programs is December 1. All PhD programs begin in the fall term.
PhD Admissions Guidelines
To be considered for our PhD programs, your admissions materials must include the following basic elements. Please visit the web page of your program of interest to see if there are additional program requirements.
Applications are submitted through the Pitt Education Online Application Form
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card
Your online application must include (a.) a Goal Statement (b.) your resume or curriculum vita; and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation
The instructions for your goal statement are as follows: "Please share your reasons for pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will help you achieve those goals. Include any aspects of your experience, skills, and background which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your fit for the program for which you are applying. If applying for an EdD or PhD program, please also discuss your area(s) of research, academic and/or professional interests and identify 1-3 faculty you're interested in working with and why. Your goal statement should be a maximum of 750 words."
There is an optional essay for students interested in our Equity and Justice Fellowship program, which provides scholarship support
Need-Based Fee Waiver
Applicants may be eligible for a need-based application fee waiver due to:
- Pell eligibility within the last three years
- Recent participation in federal, state, or local programs that aid students from low-income families
- Qualification for public assistance
- Otherwise demonstrable financial hardship, including emergency expenses or unexpected medical bills
If you believe that you are eligible for a need-based fee waiver, please submit your request HERE. Our admissions staff will review your request, and reach back out to assist you in completing your application. The School of Education reserves the right to request any necessary documentation.
Official transcripts from every institution previously attended can be sent to us electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to us at "School of Education Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260"
Any courses that you took or degrees that you earned from the University of Pittsburgh after 2008 do not need to be sent. Our office can obtain these transcripts internally.
Your scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. The GRE institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is R2927 and the Department Code for "Education" is 3999.
Submission of a professional writing sample in the form of a previously completed term paper, master's thesis, article, etc. that does not exceed 20 pages in length. The paper can be uploaded as part of your online application.