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Ph.D. in Education

The Application Process

Applying to the URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education Program

Who: Applicants must possess a Master's degree in education or an allied field (e.g., psychology) or at least 30 graduate credits from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. The graduate level work must include three credits in each of the following areas: a) educational foundations, b) curriculum, and c) research. Accepted applications without such a master's degree must pass a Qualifying Examination after completing Year One in the Program.

When: Complete applications are due to the URI Graduate School by January 31.


What to include:

  • Personal Statement: Please state your reasons for deciding to pursue a graduate degree in the field you have chosen. Include references to your past study and research in your chosen field, your plans for study in the URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education program, including problems and issues you want to address, and your personal goals.
  • Research Statement: Please write a two-page statement of your research interests and educational concerns and how they might align with current research in one of five areas of scholarly work. Please follow the format and directions outlined in this template.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two of the three letters should come from college/university faculty who has direct, detailed knowledge of your academic ability and performance. The third letter should come from a professional in the field - in some sort of formal, supervisory relationship to you - who has direct, detailed knowledge of your ability and performance in teaching or other form of clinical work related to your professional role, such as guidance counselor, speech-language pathologist, etc.
  • Official GRE scores: Your scores should be sent directly from the Testing Agency. The URI Institutional Code is 3919. GRE scores must be within the last 5 years and received by the URI Graduate School by the January 31 deadline. Please note that it takes approximately 3 weeks for scores to be sent to URI and processed by the Graduate School.
  • Transcripts: Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not you completed a degree program, are required. Please note: This requirement differs from the requirement of the URI Graduate School. Official transcripts should in a sealed envelope and signed by the registrar at the issuing institution. Please send them to:


URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education Program

Attention: URI Co-Director

School of Education

Chafee Hall

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI 02881

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be formally evaluated by one of the following credential evaluation agencies. Please request a course by course evaluation and have an official report sent directly to URI (see address above).

World Education Service
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087

Fax: 212.739.6100

Center for Educational Documentation, Inc.
PO Box 231126
Boston, MA 02123
Fax: 617.338.7101
Educational Credential Evaluators
PO Box 514070
Milwaulkee, WI 53203-3470
Fax: 414.289.3411


  • Resume: One copy of your resume is required indicating education, certifications, history of employment, and any awards and/or publications. Please send them to the address above.

  • Online Application Form (see below for instructions)

  • Non-refundable application fee, submitted via online application as a credit card payment or as an electronic check.

  • Certificate of Residence: If you think you qualify for Rhode Island instate tuition and fees or the Metropolitan Tuition Policy as a regional resident, you must submit the completed affidavit, available through the Graduate School at, and be approved for resident or regional student status before the beginning of the semester in which you matriculate.


How to apply: All applications are completed online. Instructions on how to apply for graduate study at URI are available at

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