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Admission Requirements

  • An application form that must be completed online.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate course work. Applicants must hold master's and bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions. Either the bachelor's or master's degree must closely relate to the doctoral specialization sought by the applicant. Student copies of transcripts must be uploaded to the application website. Official transcripts must be sent to Hofstra's Graduate Admissions Office.
  • An official report of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Register online. Student copies of score reports must be uploaded to the application website. Applicants must request that official score reports be submitted to Hofstra's Graduate Admissions Office.
  • A typed statement of intent and rationale for pursuing doctoral studies (500-1000 words). This statement must be uploaded to the application website.
  • Three professional references from individuals who can attest to the applicant's potential for doctoral studies. These references should use the program's recommendation form, which is available on the program's website, from the Graduate Program Director, and from the Graduate Admissions Office.  The forms should be mailed to the Graduate Program Director.  
  • A minimum of two years of successful full-time teaching experience or the equivalent.
  • Interview and on-site writing task (email or call the Graduate Program Director to set up an appointment). 

Program admissions reflect the belief that no single criterion reliably predicts applicants' potential for success in the program.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply if they do not meet one or more criteria but believe that other aspects of their experience might compensate.  However, since many factors are considered in the selection process, meeting application criteria does not ensure admission to the program.

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