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

(Orientation dates for the Summer 2016 cohort are June 1- June 3, 2016)

Thank you 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.

Application Process

Step 1 — Online Application:
Complete the online application for graduate admissions. The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee.

Step 2 — Official GRE Scores:
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. 

Step 3 — Gather the following materials for the application packet:

  1. Three Letters of Recommendation: (Must use this form). At least one of the letters must be from a current or past supervisor.
  2. 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.
  3. Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from institutions that you have attended (Must include both 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).
  4. 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.)

NOTE: International applicants must follow procedures and timelines of the UWG International Office.

Step 4 — Mail Complete Application Packet to the address below:
Application packets must be received by January 15, 2016.

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

Step 5 — Complete this application checklist:

If you don't see the form click this link to access the form: Application Checklist Form

Important Information to Remember:
  • Please direct Program Questions to Margaret Parrish at or 678-839-6062. If you any questions regarding your Application, please contact
  • Please note that this scoring rubric will be used to score your application materials.
  • Incomplete packets will not be considered.
  • Finalists will be selected for a telephone or virtual interview.

Thanks again for your interest, and best of luck!