Ph.D. Application Process
UC Irvine School of Education offers a world-class Doctoral Program in Education featuring the benefits of an internationally acclaimed research and teaching faculty, a supportive scholarly community, and selective cohorts admitted annually. The three Areas of Study are Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC), Human Development in Context (HDiC) or Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement (TLEI).
The program is structured for the student’s academic success. Doctoral students receive quality mentoring, relevant coursework, and opportunities to conduct research focused on improving the lives of learners across the lifespan
Review our Faculty Directory
Applicants should review the faculty research areas to match their own interests and contact the faculty listed in the area of their choice. The faculty are listed under the following Areas: Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC), Human Development in Context (HDiC) or Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement (TLEI).
Review our Program requirements
Coursework for the Ph.D. in Education program can be completed in 2-3 years. In addition, students are required to complete all milestone projects in a timely manner. Learn more about program milestones and review the Ph.D. sample course schedule.
Applications are evaluated on two major criteria:
In evaluating these two criteria, all aspects of an application are taken into account. An applicant's educational background (where studied, what studied, and academic performance), letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, personal history statement, writing sample, resume (CV) and standardized test scores (GRE and, when applicable, TOEFL) are all considered as evidence of potential to conduct educational research. The educational background, statement of purpose, personal history statement and other aspects are considered as evidence of match with the program and faculty. All components of the application are considered together and no single component trumps all others.
Submit an electronic application using the instructions posted in the application process:
For more information regarding admissions you can contact: