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Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
with a Concentration in Career
and Workforce Education

Application Materials, Procedures, and Criteria

Application Materials. To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the following application materials unless a particular requirement can be waived or additional/alternative documentation can be accepted as stated in Admissions Criteria:

1. The University’s Graduate Admissions Application at:

2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores submitted in a sealed envelope or recorded on an official transcript. For test preparation and related information see Evaluation and Testing at USF.

3. A current professional vita or resume.

4. A cover letter including a statement of professional and personal goals, and reasons that earning the doctorate is important to those goals.

5. Three Program Recommendation Forms completed by former professors or supervisors rating the applicant’s likelihood of success in the doctoral program. Download Program Recommendation Form.

6. Official transcripts from previous educational institutions.

7. Other application materials as required for international students who must apply through the Office of International Admissions. For a complete list of related requirements visit the office website at:

Applicants are responsible for evaluating their individual alignment with criteria for admission to the program (see Admissions Criteria below) and ensure that all pertinent materials are submitted for application to the program.

Admission Criteria. Program faculty employ a holistic approach to admissions consideration, taking into account all of the information provided by applicants to balance test scores, previous grade point averages, recommendation forms, professional experiences and successes, etc. However, program faculty give preference to candidates presenting:

1. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited university with 3.5 or better Graduate Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.

2. Strong GRE scores having no more than one sub-score below the 33 percentile. If a score in one area is very low, the other should be considerable higher.

a. In exceptional cases, students not meeting this criterion may submit additional or alternative documentation of their potential for success in doctoral level studies.

b. GRE scores may be waived in exceptional cases for applicants who have graduated from master’s degree programs in the Adult, Career, and Higher Education Department at USF with a GPA of 3.9 or higher (on a scale of 4.0) and received excellent ratings from program faculty (i.e., recommendation forms).

3. Evidence of significant successful professional experiences supporting the fit between professional background, goals, and the applicant’s potential doctoral program of study.

4. Demonstrated commitment to personal and professional growth and development and to the completion of the rigorous course and research demands of the Ph.D. program.

5. Excellent academic, analytical and communication skills.

6. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the U.S. must submit a TOEFL score with a minimum of 550 (or 213 computer-based).See the Language Requirement page at:

for further clarification and possible exemptions. Further, an evaluation of academic transcripts may be required at the discretion of the department. For more information for international applicants, please visit:

Admission Process. The program faculty will consider each applicant in light of his or her qualifications and likelihood of success, first by reviewing the submitted materials and then through a personal on-campus interview with candidates meeting Admissions Criteria. In some cases, telephone interviews could be arranged if a visit to campus is not feasible.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year, although students are formally admitted into the program every two years beginning in the fall semester (see program website for upcoming program cycle). Applicants should be aware that meeting admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. To ensure appropriate faculty support, the program will accept only a limited number of students every two years and in some cases applicants meeting or exceeding admission requirements may not be accepted for the requested starting date. To this end, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early to the program.

Submission Procedure

Applicants are responsible for submitting applications directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions before the program or university application deadlines (see Graduate Admissions website at:

GRE scores and official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission as well.

Please note that the following application materials should be sent directly to the Program Coordinator:

  • Cover letter

  • Vita or resume

  • Letters of recommendation



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