We will begin accepting applications October 1,  2015, for the summer 2016 cohort.  Application packets must be received by January 15, 2016.

Thanks for your interest in the University of West Georgia. Admission to the Doctor of School Improvement Degree is competitive; consequently students are urged to submit the strongest possible packet of application materials. All applicants, including previous UWG students, complete all steps of the application process as outlined below. Only complete, timely packets will be considered.

Please direct program questions to Margaret Parrish at or 678-839-6062. If you any questions regarding your application, please contact

Step 1–Online Application, Official GRE Scores, and International Students

(A) Complete the online application for graduate studies. The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee.

(B) Send official GRE scores (Verbal and Quantitative reasoning) to the University of West Georgia (be sure to choose school code 5900, when taking the test). Scores must be no more than 5 years old.  GRE® test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2010, to the present are available.  There is no required minimum GRE score, however, we do have recommended minimum GRE scores. Students must complete the Verbal & Quantitative reasoning tests. A combined score of 1000 is the recommended minimum, with a score of at least 450 on each test. (New Scale Scores combined recommended 300; at least 151 Verbal reasoning and 145 Quantitative reasoning). Due to the extremely competitive selection process, GRE scores are an important criterion to differentiate applicants.

(C) All applicants must have earned a Master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

(D) International applicants must follow procedures and timelines of the UWG International Office.

Step 2-Mail Complete Application Packet to the address below.  Application packets must be received by January 15, 2016.  

Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send one complete packet to:

University of West Georgia
Office of Graduate  & International Admissions
Aycock Hall
Carrollton, GA 30118

What is returned in the mailed packet?

(A) Three Letters of Recommendation: (Must use this form). At least one of the letters must be from a current or past supervisor.

(B) Vitae: A vitae listing education and employment history, experience with school improvement, and awards and recognitions. Provide your current and complete contact information, including an active e-mail address.

(C) Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from institutions that you have attended (must include undergraduate and graduate). Place the transcripts in this packet in their original, sealed envelopes (it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened).

(D) Essay: Complete a 750-1,000 word essay that discusses your professional goals related to school improvement. In your essay, include any literature (e.g., research article) that has informed your professional practice or otherwise influenced you. (Include appropriate APA citations.)

Please note that this scoring rubric will be used to score your application materials.

You will receive notice upon receipt of your mailed packet. Incomplete packets will be returned to sender and will not be considered.

Finalists will be selected for a telephone or virtual interview.

Thanks again for your interest, and best of luck!