Application Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy

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Next program start date: August 20, 2018

Application Deadline December 1, 2017

Admissions Criteria

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy program seeks both personal and disciplinary diversity in our student body. The ideal candidate combines well developed written and verbal communication skills with strong quantitative proficiency. These skills are represented by competitive GRE scores and a well-written Statement of Purpose.

Although we do not require an academic background in education, experience in the field is helpful. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, and it is preferable to have a Master’s degree. Also, any previous experience in research is helpful.

Since students work closely on research with their advisor during the program, it is critical that applicants demonstrate research interests that are compatible with the Rossier School’s faculty. It is strongly recommended that applicants become familiar with the work of three to five PhD faculty members when applying.


Application Process

There are three steps to applying:
1. Print and review the application checklist
2. Send your GRE scores now
3. Submit your online application (Online application will be available August 1, 2017)

Application Checklist


Contact Us

We welcome your interest in the PhD program, and are happy to answer any questions you might have. Please email us at rsoephd@rossier.usc.edu or call (213) 740-4069.