All of our doctoral programs are designed to develop outstanding educational researchers who have a deep understanding of the scientific, practical and policy issues they study.
Applicants must have conferred a master’s degree prior to beginning course work in the PhD program. Three years of work experience in a professional setting may be required.
Application Form and Fee
Submitted application form and $75 application fee. Application fees are non-refundable.
Resume should be updated and free of grammatical errors.
The goals statement is 750-1000 words and should describe your academic and career goals related to the intended program. We recommend applicants are specific in describing their past experiences related to the intended program as well as personal and professional aspirations. Applicants should address their intended specialization area within the PhD program.
Students can upload their unofficial transcripts for application review. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions for specific requirements.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Scores must be from an examination taken within the last five years. Official test scores must be received by Mason by the application deadline.
Three Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should follow the instructions included within the online application to submit the recommendation form directly to their recommender. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature.
Students with International Education Credentials
Additional requirements might be required. Please see the International Graduate Requirements for additional information.
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Program Admission Deadlines
All required materials must be in the admissions office by the admission deadline to ensure proper processing. If you are missing parts of the required application materials, your application is incomplete and will not be considered.
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.