Doctoral Application Information


Doctoral Application by Degree


  • Ph.D.

    The Ph.D. program prepares scholars who engage in original research.  Students participate in research apprenticeships, assisting their faculty mentors in such activities as conceptualizing research projects, collecting and analyzing data, and writing for publication.

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    All Ph.D. programs require full-time enrollment.

    Programs requirements may vary, be sure to spend time looking over your program page to learn more about additional requirements or deadlines of your program.

    Pay special attention to:

    • Do you need to submit a resume or writing sample?
    • Are there special requirements for your statement of purpose?
    • What are the enrollment requirements for your program?
    • Do you need a Master’s degree in a specific field?

    Step 2: Know your deadlines

    The Ph.D. application deadline is December 1.

    Again, be sure to check out your program page for any additional dates and deadlines.

    Step 3: Get to know the faculty

    Identification of a core faculty member with interests similar to yours is strongly recommended. It is highly encouraged that you directly contact one or more faculty members to discuss your research interests.  Please contact faculty via email to set up a time to talk either over the phone or in person.

    Step 4: Take any required tests and submit your scores to the School of Education and Human Development

    The GRE is not required for most applicants applying to begin in 2022. Applicants to the Ph.D. in Education - Reading Education and Ph.D. in Education - Special Education programs are required to submit GRE scores. The test is optional for all other programs. Those applicants who decide to submit scores should follow the guidelines below.

    All graduate students are required to take the GRE within 5 years of application.

    • The average GRE scores for admitted doctoral applicants are 160 (verbal), 155 (quantitative), 4.5 (analytical writing).
      • If your scores are low, we recommend you retake GREs before submitting your application. We will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    We will accept scores from the at-home version of the TOEFL. For applicants from China, we will accept scores from the TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

    • Expected scores:
      • Paper-based TOEFL:  600
      • Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
      • IELTS: 7.0
      • IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.
    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information on the SPEAK Test.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    Step 5: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.”  Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 6: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. Describe why you selected this program, faculty with whom you would like to work, and your professional goals. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 7: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. At least one of your recommendations should be from a faculty member who can speak to your potential for academic success.

    Step 8: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Applications are considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts have been received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the U.S. Postal address below.

    Step 9: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered incomplete until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 10: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application or to monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts. Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

    For application support and specific questions regarding the application process, please contact:

    Central Graduate Admissions
    [email protected]
    Phone: (434) 243-0209

    For program- and degree-specific questions, please contact:

    Admissions and Enrollment
    [email protected]
    Phone: (434) 924-0742

    We strongly discourage applicants from mailing in any items that can be uploaded to avoid delays in your application review and we ask that you not send duplicate copies of previously uploaded documents. If you still need to mail documents to our office, please send them to:

    For U.S. Postal:
    UVA School of Education and Human Development Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 401104
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

    For UPS/FedEx:
    Central Admissions Office
    School of Education and Human Development Admissions
    1001 North Emmet Street
    Room 232, Carruthers Hall
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Ed.D.

    The Ed.D. program prepares practitioner-scholars to become leaders within their professions.  Students participate in coursework, research, and field work that focus on the problems faced by educators in schools and other educational institutions.  Students participate in internships that involve the challenges of identifying and developing solutions to the difficulties that educators face on a daily basis.

    Step 1: Familiarize Yourself

    Programs requirements vary, be sure to spend time looking over your program page to learn more about additional requirements or deadlines of your program.

    Pay special attention to:

    • Do you need to submit a resume or writing sample?
    • Are there special requirements for your statement of purpose?
    • What are the enrollment requirements for your program?
    • Do you need a Master’s degree in a specific field?

    Step 2: Know your deadlines.

    Be sure to check out your program page for any additional dates and deadlines.

    Step 3: Take any required tests and submit your scores to School of Education and Human Development

    The GRE is not required for applicants applying to begin in 2022. Those applicants who decide to submit scores should follow the guidelines below.

    All graduate students are required to take the GRE within 5 years of application.

    • The average GRE scores for admitted doctoral applicants are 160 (verbal), 155 (quantitative), 4.5 (analytical writing).
      • If your scores are low, we recommend you retake GREs before submitting your application. We will use your highest scores when making admission decisions.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.
    • Official scores should be sent to the University of Virginia; the institutional code is 5820.

    International students must submit TOEFL or IELTS score must be current--no more than two years old. Applicants who have or will have earned an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction do not need to provide TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    We will accept scores from the at-home version of the TOEFL. For applicants from China, we will accept scores from the TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

    Expected scores:
    Paper-based TOEFL:  600
    Computer-Based TOEFL: 250
    IELTS: 7.0
    IBT TOEFL: at least 22 in writing, 22 in speaking, 23 in reading, and 23 in listening for a total score of 90.

    • All incoming (new) graduate students whose first language is one other than English are required to take the University of Virginia English Language Proficiency Exam unless they have been exempted from TOEFL or IELTS.
    • Prospective graduate teaching assistants whose first language is one other than English are required to take the SPEAK Test. A score of at least 55 is required for permission to begin teaching without completion of oral language training. The SPEAK Test is administered in August, December, and May. Candidates for the test are identified by their department. Information on the SPEAK Test.
    • Applicants may submit unofficial scores with their application; however, official scores are required prior to matriculation.

    Step 4: Create your account to apply online

    Your application process will be managed through our online system. Create an Application Account to begin applying. You can save and return to your application at any point before you click “submit.”  Once an account is created, you can Login to Your Account at any time.

    Step 5: Prepare your goal statement

    This is your opportunity to describe your understanding of and interest in the program area to which you are applying. The prompt on the application provides additional information you might include.

    Step 6: Submit your recommendations

    You are required to submit two letters of recommendations. These should be solicited through your online application. Check the page to which you are applying for information on who you should ask to write letters.

    Step 7: Upload your transcripts

    Upload into the online application system copies of unofficial transcripts showing college coursework and degrees completed to date. A transcript must be provided for each school listed on your application. Transcripts that are not stated in English must be accompanied by a translation into English. Your application will be considered incomplete until all unofficial transcripts are received. Official transcripts are required only when you accept an offer of admission. Official transcripts may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the U.S. Postal address below.

    Step 8: Pay the Application Fee

    Pay the $85 application fee. Your application will be considered unsubmitted until the application fee is paid or waived. Information on fee waiver eligibility and steps for applying.

    Step 9: Check status of application

    Login to your account to check the status of your application or to monitor receipt of recommendations, test scores, and transcripts. Remember, it takes at least 4 weeks for ETS to send us your scores after you take the exam, so plan accordingly to ensure materials reach our office by the application deadline.

    For application support and specific questions regarding the application process, please contact:

    Central Graduate Admissions
    [email protected]
    Phone: (434) 243-0209

    For program- and degree-specific questions, please contact:

    Admissions and Enrollment
    [email protected]
    Phone: (434) 924-0742

    We strongly discourage applicants from mailing in any items that can be uploaded to avoid delays in your application review and we ask that you not send duplicate copies of previously uploaded documents. If you still need to mail documents to our office, please send them to:

    For U.S. Postal:
    UVA School of Education and Human Development Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 401104
    Charlottesville, VA 22904

    For UPS/FedEx:
    Central Admissions Office
    School of Education and Human Development Admissions
    1001 North Emmet Street
    Room 232, Carruthers Hall
    Charlottesville, VA 22903