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Doctoral Programs in Literacy Studies

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply for admission to the doctoral programs at any time throughout the academic year. In addition to University requirements the following criteria are required for admission to the Literacy Studies doctoral programs:

  1. Evidence of three years of full-time teaching experience, or the equivalent.
  2. Master’s degree in education, or a related field, with a minimum GPA of 3.2.
  3. Official copies of transcripts of all post-secondary degrees.
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Three recommendations, including at least one from a school administrator or former professor.
  6. Score from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years.
  7. A carefully written Statement of Purpose (minimum of 500 words in length) indicating the applicant's reasons for pursuing advanced scholarship in literacy studies at Hofstra. The statement should include the applicants academic and professional history and a statement of academic and professional goals.
  8. A writing sample (e.g., a college paper, a published article, or any other example of scholarship). The paper should demonstrate how the applicant works with a body of literature and builds an argument. Typically, the sample paper is from a university course completed within the last five years.
  9. An interview with two members of the literacy studies faculty to discuss the applicant’s academic, professional and research experiences and interests.

International doctoral applicants should consult with director, Dr. Jeanne Henry, when applying (Email). Prospective international students should also contact the Office of Multicultural and International Student Programs, 516-463-6796.

Application files are assessed on the basis of the information contained within the file. No decisions can be made until all the required information has been provided by the applicant. Consideration is given to a combination of criteria including: a) demonstration of academic standing; b) professional experience; c) potential to pursue and benefit from advanced graduate studies.

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