Admission Instructions

Application and Doctoral Fellowship Nomination

Applicants first apply for program entry. Once admissions decisions have been made, successful applicants will be considered for fellowship awards by the department and the University of Arkansas Graduate School.

Due to the rigorous nature of the program, applicants should have combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 301, a GRE analytical writing score of at least 4.0, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 at the undergraduate level or 3.5 in a master's program. Admission is based on the individual's total profile, with special attention given to those with professional experience relevant to education policy. Those students who have completed calculus and statistics courses prior to arriving on campus will will be better prepared for the program's research methods sequence.

Any questions should be directed to our Graduate Coordinator Tom Bennett, Ed.D., at

Step 1. Apply to the Graduate School

You will need to arrange the following for submission to the Graduate School:

  1. GRE test scores, from a test taken within the past 5 years, sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. This is required of all applicants.
  2. Official transcripts of all college- and university-level coursework directly from the registrars of the institutions you have attended.
  3. At least two letters of recommendation. The admissions website has a function that allows you to invite people to upload letters of recommendation. These letters should be written by persons (supervisors, professors etc.) who are in a position to evaluate your capability to undertake a demanding doctoral program in education policy. Please ensure that all letters are printed on the person's institutional letterhead and are signed by hand.

Step 2. Departmental Application

Submit directly to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Education Reform:

  1. Program application form (PDF)
  2. Application essay of 1,000 words or fewer, in which you share your background and reasons for your interest in research related to education reform
  3. Curriculum vitae


The Ph.D. in Education Policy program takes in students once a year in August only. To be eligible for admission and fellowship consideration, all application materials must be received by the Graduate School and the Department of Education Reform no later than Jan. 10 in the year of intended entry. Applications for admission received after this date will be evaluated only on a space-available basis at the discretion of the department.