Admission Requirements

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies, Ph.D.

The following is a list of requirements for the program:

  • Master’s degree
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Statement of aligned interests and goals with a demonstrated scholarly orientation
  • Official transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of English proficiency (international students)
  • Three letters of recommendation for scholarly work
  • Evidence of scholarly aptitude, demonstrated by one of the following:

GRE scores including writing score

Published academic article

An academic course paper of 7-10 pages with citations

Scholarly response to the following (must be 7-10 pages): Identify an important issue related to your area of interest in teaching, learning, and sociocultural studies, explain why it is an issue, and your perspective on addressing this issue

Desired: 1-3 years of postbaccalaureate practical experience relative to area of program interest (e.g., teacher position, education-related position in a relevant community organization, position in informal education setting; Peace Corps student teaching is not sufficient because it happens prior to undergraduate graduation, occurs under very controlled and structured conditions, and does not provide applicants with adequate exposure to the issues and challenges of teaching or learning needed to be successful in a Ph.D. program)


Standardized Tests

Required test(s):

  • TOEFL or IELTS (international applicants only)
  • English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English (University of Arizona institution code is 4832)