Frequently Asked Questions
can i do this program part-time?
No, this is a full-time doctoral program.
Is this program offered online?
No, this is a full-time, in-person program.
Can I work full-time while enrolled in this program?
This a full-time doctoral program that is fully funded in combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships or fellowship, which cover the cost of tuition, fees, health insurance and a monthly living stipend. We expect students to hold their doctoral studies and research activities as their primary focus.
Can i work part-time while i'm enrolled in this program?
If you are working in a position that closely aligns with the field of education and have the option for reduced and flexible hours, we encourage you to discuss options with the Ph.D. Administrative Staff.
can i get credit for courses from my master's program?
what type of financial support does this program offer?
Currently, the UCI Ph.D. in Education program provides five years of financial support. Doctoral students will be given a combination of Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships or Fellowship that will cover tuition, fees, health insurance and provide a 9-month living stipend. All support is contingent on meeting university and program expectations and standards in both academic performance and employment.
What are the various forms of employment for graduate students at uci?
is there funding for conference travel and professional development?
Yes, additional program support may be offered by the School of Education on a competitive basis, for example, to support travel for conference presentations or to attend a national-recognized professional development training.
Is there on-campus housing?
Yes. UCI guarantees an offer of on-campus housing to every newly-admitted full-time Ph.D. student for four years. The housing application deadline is May 1st and housing offers are completed throughout the summer months. Find information on Graduate Guaranteed Housing offer Terms & Conditions here.
I am married and a parent. Does uci offer housing for families?
Yes, there are communities within the UCI campus that have space for single families. Please contact the UCI Housing office for more information. With that said, graduate students can also receive up to $900 in reimbursement for eligible child care expenses during the academic year (fall, winter, spring quarters).
What is the minimum gre score requirement?
There is no minimum campus GRE score requirement.
I have low gre scores. will i still be considered?
The admissions review process is a holistic review. The admission committee looks at all aspects of the application. We seek to admit students who fit very well into our areas of specialization and faculty interests. Although GRE scores and undergraduate GPAs are important, we are more concerned with the fit of the applicant to our program goals and the overall quality of the application. If you are concerned about your GRE score, we recommend you address this in your application materials to help the admissions committee in their consideration of your application.
Is it advisable to contact faculty members prior to submitting my application?
We recommend you read about faculty members’ academic interests and review their research and publications. Applicants are admitted if there is close alignment between the applicant’s academic interests and a faculty member’s expertise. If you plan to contact a faculty member, be sure you are familiar with their online information and are interested in discussing academic issues, not administrative or application questions. For administrative or application questions, please consult with the Ph.D. Administrative Staff.
May i submit more than three recommendation letters?
The admissions process specifies three letters, which is considered the appropriate number of recommendations and also a reasonable number, considering the volume of materials the admissions committee will be reviewing. Your three letters should be from academics who can attest, with specific examples, to your ability to proceed successfully through the Ph.D. program and write a culminating dissertation. The admissions committee members read carefully the information in the letters of recommendation so be sure your recommenders understand the program you have selected and the criteria for being considered for admission.
how can i check to see if uci has RECEIVED my test scores (gre or toefl)?
After you complete and pay for your application, the Graduate Division will process your application, which can take up to one week. After your application has been processed, you may check to see if your scores have been received by using Application Progress Review (APR).
I am an international applicant and studied at an english language university in my country. do i need to take the toefl test?
International students must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The School of Education requires these scores even for students who have received a bachelor's or master's degree in an English speaking country, as the scores determine students' eligibility to serve as a Teaching Assistant, which may form part or our financial aid packages. The only exemptions to this requirement are given to students who who have U.S. citizenship, have completed a four-year high school degree in the U.S., or have citizenship in a country where English is either the primary or dominant language, as approved by the UCI Graduate Council (see list of approved countries here.) International students need to establish English proficiency for employment purposes. Please find more information regarding the English Language Proficiency Requirement for International students here.
when can i SUBMIT my application?
The application for the Ph.D. in Education program opens September 3 for the following Fall admission. Since the program starts in fall quarter each year, students are not normally admitted for winter or spring quarters.
when is the deadline to submit my application?
The priority deadline is December 1. Applications received after December 1 will be accepted on a space available basis. The application will remain open until February 1.
how can i check on the status of my application?
The Application Progress Review (APR) system is the best way to check on test scores and Letters of Recommendation submitted online. Applicants to all other programs should e-mail program staff directly. Please allow at least 30 days after you submit your application before contacting the university and only do so if absolutely necessary. This will allow staff to focus on processing application decisions during the busy admissions season. You will receive a letter or e-mail directly from your program after a decision is made.
when can i expect to hear a decision on my application?
Each program has its own schedule for making admissions decisions. A general deadline for admission offers is April 15. Your patience is requested and greatly appreciated, as we know that waiting to hear a decision can be stressful.
while working on my application, i got a system error. What should I do?
For more information, please contact the Student Affairs Office, 949.824.5312 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!