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Part 1: Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Most programs have additional requirements* beyond the Grad School application. Review Part 2: Apply to Program for admissions information specific to the PhD in Language and Literacy Education.

*For example, you may need to schedule an interview and/or submit additional documents such as writing samples, a CV or resume, or a statement of purpose. Some programs require an official transcript, not just the unofficial transcript as required by the University.

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For the PhD in Language and Literacy Education

Applicants are required to submit official GRE scores. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores can be considered as well, but only if GRE scores are received. International applicants should submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • GRE or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Please note: we can ONLY consider the MAT scores for PhD applicants if GRE scores are also received.
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages

Email your writing sample to the department and include your name, desired area of emphasis for the PhD program (i.e. English Education, RWCLDL, or World Language Education and TESOL), and the words "writing sample" in the subject line.

Please indicate in your statement of purpose which area of emphasis below you intend to pursue for the PhD program (i.e. English Education, RWCLDL, or World Language Education and TESOL).

For the English Education Emphasis

Application deadlines:

  • 3rd Friday in January for Fall, Spring, or Summer

Funding consideration will be given to all complete applicants for Fall. Fall is the only admissions term in which funding is awarded each year.

For the Literacies and Children's Literature Emphasis

Application deadlines:

  • October 15th (for Spring, international)
  • November 1st (for Spring, domestic)
  • March 15th (for Summer and Fall)

Funding consideration will be given to students who apply for Fall by November 1st. Fall is the only admissions term in which funding is awarded each year.

In addition to the written application, this emphasis requires either a face-to-face or web-based interview. For the 2018/2019 school year, interviews will be conducted on Friday, November 10, 2017 and Monday, April 9, 2018.

For the TESOL and World Language Education Emphasis

Application deadlines:

  • October 15th (for Spring, international)
  • November 15th (for Spring, domestic)
  • April 1st (for Summer and Fall)

Funding consideration will be given to students who apply for Fall by January 1st. Fall is the only admissions term in which funding is awarded each year.

In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university in an area of language and/or literacy education, or a related field.
  2. For US residents, you must submit official GRE scores. You may also submit official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, but those scores can only be considered if we also have your official GRE scores. We recommend the following GRE and MAT scores but will consider GRE/MAT scores in light of the merits of your entire application package.
    1. GRE: at least a score of 295 (if taken after August 2011)
    2. GRE: at least a score of 900 (if taken prior to August 2011)
    3. MAT: at least a score of 408
  3. For International residents, you must take the GRE and TOEFL, or the IELTS. We require the following scores:
    1. GRE Verbal score of 154 or higher
    2. TOEFL: at least a score of 100 with a minimum score of 25 in speaking and a 25 in writing
    3. IELTS: at least a score of 7 with a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking and a 6.5 in writing
  4. For international residents, you must also demonstrate proficiency with two languages with two languages as evidenced by
    1. A bachelor's degree in English linguistics and literature,
    2. A master's degree where English was the medium of instruction
    3. We recommend an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher
    4. We recommend at least two years teaching experience

If you would like to be considered for departmental funding in addition to being considered for admission tot he program, please complete the assistantship application and email it to lled@uga.edu after you have submitted the Grad School application.

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