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
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: http://usfweb2.usf.edu/admissions/international.html
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:http://usfweb2.usf.edu/admissions/credential-evaluation-requirements.html
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.
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: http://www.usf.edu/admission/index.aspx)
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.
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: