Ph.D. Program

Admission

Simmons Hall

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating scientifically-based research, preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development, collaborating with other schools and institutions in the development of model programs and furthering positive learning experiences in all stages of life.

A gift from Harold C. Simmons and Annette Caldwell Simmons ’57 established the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development to provide endowment and crucial support for programs that address critical needs and opportunities in education. 

The mission of the school is to integrate theory, research and practice of education and human development; promote academic rigor and interdisciplinary collaboration; educate students for initial certification and professional practice; and nurture collaboration across the academic community.

In order to fulfill this mission, the school offers Master’s, Ed.D and Ph.D. programs in education with specializations congruent with faculty expertise, human development and liberal studies. In addition to providing teacher education courses for undergraduates of the University, the school will establish degree programs in human development at the undergraduate level when resources permit. The school also offers informal courses and programs for the continuing educational benefit of the wider community.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Consideration for priority funding (e.g., Fairess Simmons Scholarship, University Fellowship) requires submission of your application by December 1st.  The Ph.D. program is designed to augment an existing Master’s degree or equivalent preparation. 

Applications should include the following:

  • Official copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts where you have received 9 or more credit hours or a degree has been conferred.

Official Transcripts must be sent directly by the institution to SMU.

            Electronic transcripts should be sent directly by the institution to:          

                         gradappmaterials@smu.edu

                         Paper transcripts should be sent directly by the institution to: 
                         Graduate Application Processing
                         PO Box 518     
                         Dallas, TX 75275-0518

  • Scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years, use the institution code 7464. Applications and admission decisions rest on much more than the GRE scores; however, the preferred scores identified Quantitative (150 new scale, 630 old scale) and Verbal (153 new scale, 500 old scale) scores as minimum.
  • Statement of professional purpose
  • Academic writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants who do not speak English as their native language are required to supply scores on the TOEFL English language proficiency test or the IELTS English competency test. The minimum TOEFL score for admission to a Ph.D. program is 80, and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5. This requirement is automatically waived for students who have received undergraduate degrees from an English-language institution located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa and who have been in residence at that institution for at least two years while earning their undergraduate degree. International applicants for whom this requirement is not automatically waived but who believe they have demonstrated English-language proficiency may also request to have the requirement waived. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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