Jennifer Shank, Dean
Lisa Zagumny, Associate Dean
Julie C. Baker, Associate Dean
The College of Education offers a variety of graduate programs at the Master of Arts (M. A.), Specialist in Education (Ed. S.), and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree levels. The Regents Online Degree Program also offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.). All professional education programs offered in the College are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are designed to prepare teachers, school support personnel, and administrators for the elementary and secondary schools and other service provider agencies in the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee as well as other locations in the nation. The Ph.D. program will prepare leaders to work in schools, agencies, and universities.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Admission Requirements
Applications will be accepted for the Fall semester only and must be received by March 1.
QPA–Consideration for admission to the program is based on the applicant’s grade point average (GPA) in the last graduate degree or the last 60 hours of undergraduate work if no graduate degree has been completed. An average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or above from a recognized baccalaureate, graduate, or professional degree from an accredited college or university, or an international equivalent based on a four-year curriculum is required for admission.
GRE*– If applicants do not score ABOVE 144 Quantitative and 153 Verbal, their scores must be ABOVE one range and WITHIN the other range: 140-144 Quantitative and 146-153 Verbal. A minimum of 4.0 is required on Analytical Writing.
International applicants who have been awarded a degree from a university in one(1) of the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. International students (from a country not listed previously) are required to submit TOEFL scores (a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test is required) or IELTS (minimum base score of 6.0 is required).
Scholarly Writing–Students must demonstrate the ability to do scholarly writing by submitting a reference-based paper, thesis, or other written document in which information from various sources has been synthesized. The applicant must be the sole author.
Statement of Intent–One (1) to two (2) pages should be sufficient to include intended enrollment (fall admission only), intended concentration, autobiographical statement, education and professional goals, area of interest for future research, and how your interest fits with faculty in your chosen area of study.
Three Letters of Recommendation–At least one (1) letter should be from a professor who is able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study. Consideration will be made based upon the content of the letters.
Interviews with Ph.D. doctoral program faculty.
* A prospective student who scores within 50 points of the combined score of 1000 (with no less than 400 on either section) may be considered. A majority vote by the admissions committee followed by approval from the concentration leader will determine the prospective student’s admission status. Fulfilling the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
Admissions status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at teh time of admission or upon departmental review.
Fulfilling the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.