Doctoral Degree

What to submit

There are several items you need to submit along with your application to the urban education studies doctoral program.

An online application is required for all applicants.

To select this program on the online application, go to the Application Information tab. In the Intended Program and Plan section, choose:
    •    What type of degree do you intend to pursue?: Doctoral/PhD
    •    Academic Program: Education PhD
    •    Academic Plan: Urban Education Studies PhD

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Submit official college transcripts, in English, from every college or university you've attended since high school (even if for only one semester) in your online application.

Official transcripts in PDF format are required. Scans or printed copies of unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

Note: It is not necessary to submit transcripts for previous coursework or degrees at any Indiana University campus.

GRE revised General Test scores, including the Analytical Writing portion, are required for all applicants to the program. If you have already taken the GRE, please make sure your scores are still valid. The GRE must have been taken within five years of the final date you applied to the program.

Find detailed information about the GRE—including how to register and the location of test centers—on the Educational Testing Service website.

See more about graduate testing requirements

Submit in your online application a current curriculum vitae or resume that includes dates of employment and descriptions of your current and previous positions. Please note your involvement in any professional and/or community organizations, as well as any awards, honors, publications, presentations, and continuing education.

Submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your personal and intellectual traits. If possible, one letter should come from a faculty member who can comment on your graduate-level academic work (or undergraduate work, if necessary).

Please note: Letters of recommendation may not be submitted online. Please mail all letters to:

IU School of Education at IUPUI
ATTN: Dee Outlaw
Graduate Admissions
902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155

Submit one writing sample in your online application (e.g., a published paper, technical report, final paper from a graduate course, etc.). Writing samples will be assessed on both quality and student fit. Consider submitting a sample that speaks to your research interests in urban education and showcases your best writing skills.

Submit in your online application a 500–1,000 word personal statement that summarizes your immediate and long-term professional goals as they relate to your intent to pursue a doctorate in urban education studies. The statement should demonstrate the quality of your writing.

Submit in your online application a 500–1,000 word statement about your core personal values, particularly in relation to education. The statement should demonstrate the quality of your writing.

Submit in your online application a 500–1,000 word statement of your experience in urban environments and with urban community service. If you do not have experience in urban settings, then explain why an urban-oriented doctoral program would be a good fit for you. The statement should demonstrate the quality of your writing.

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants need a minimum score of 550 (paper-based TOEFL) or 79 (TOEFL iBT).