Ph.D. in Education: Admissions
The application for the Ph.D. in Education program opens October 1 for the following fall admission. The priority deadline is December 1. Applications received after December 1 will be accepted on a space-available basis. The application period will remain open until February 1.
Applications are reviewed holistically and in stages by admission committees. Committee members consider an applicant’s academic preparation, potential to succeed in the chosen field, match with the program goals, availability of faculty expertise, quality of supplementary materials, and personal story. An in-person, video, or telephone interview may be part of the process.
The School of Education welcomes diverse learners, innovative thinkers, returning students, dreamers, and others who want to make a difference in our world. We look forward to your application.
Applicants to the Ph.D. in Education program may be eligible for a fee waiver. To see if you qualify, please click here.
Additionally, participants in a variety of diversity programs may also be eligible. To view qualifying programs, please click here.
International Student Resources
We welcome international applicants to our Ph.D. in Education program and provide a full package of financial support to those admitted. Please note the following information of particular relevance to international applicants:
STEM Program Classification
The Ph.D. in Education program is classified according to the U.S. Dept. of Education as a program in "Educational Research and Evaluation" (13.0601), which is currently classified by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a STEM Designated Degree Programs, thus allowing graduates of the program, according to current DHS regulations, to receive a 24-month STEM optional practice training extension, for a total optional practical training program of 3 years. Please consult the DHS for any updates or changes to their policies. For more information about OPT and OPT STEM eligibility, please visit the International Center website.
For additional information, please see the UCI Graduate Division's information and resource site for international students.
Applications are evaluated on two major criteria:
The program starts in the fall quarter each academic year. Applications are accepted from October 1 to February 1. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1. Applications received after December 1 will be considered on a space available basis.
Submit an electronic application:
If you have additional application questions, please consult our FAQ page. If questions remain, contact our Ph.D. Administrative Staff.