The UCI Ph.D. in Education is a four-to-five year full-time program for people seeking careers in educational research. Effective for Fall 2015 entry, incoming students are offered five years of financial support.
Our program has two major criteria for evaluating applicants to our program:
1. Applicant's Potential to Conduct Educational Research
The goal of a Ph.D. program is to prepare people to conduct research, both to complete their dissertation and to have successful careers after graduation. Thus a major criterion for our program is our assessment of the applicant's potential to be a highly successful educational researcher.
2. Match with Our Program and Faculty
Beyond an applicant's potential as a researcher, we also consider the fit between, on the one hand, the background, trajectory, and research interests of the applicant and, on the other hand, the content of our program and interests of our faculty. We seek applicants who match well with our program specializations and with our faculty's research interests.
In evaluating these two criteria, we take into account all aspects of the application. An applicant's educational background (where studied, what studied, and academic performance), letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, 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, and other aspects are considered as evidence of match with our program and faculty. All components of the application are considered together and no single component trumps all others (provided that basic application requirements, such as completion of bachelor's degree and submission of all required material, are met).
Finally, in assessing applicants on these criteria, we compare them to all other applicants to the program, with admissions decisions made on a competitive basis. We thus reserve the right to arrive at a decision on late applications even if they are not yet complete, as they will be compared to the completed applications already received. Note, though, that any favorable decisions made on incomplete applications will only be tentative pending the timely receipt of all required application materials.
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