Applications for the Summer 2022 Cohort will be accepted beginning October 2021.

The mandatory 2022 Summer Orientation for newly admitted cohort doctoral students will take place in May - June at the UWG Carrollton campus.

You must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  1. Complete the online application (see HOW TO APPLY) for graduate admissions. The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee
  2. Send official GRE scores Verbal, Quantitative & Analytical Writing 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. The recommended minimum GRE scores are 151 Verbal reasoning, 145 Quantitative reasoning & 4.0 in Analytical Writing. Due to the high number of competitive applications received, applicants with scores below the recommended minimum are not often admitted.
  3. All applicants must have earned a Master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  4. A cumulative minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for all graduate course work.
  5. Three letters of Recommendation:  At least one letter must be from a current or past supervisor. (these forms are available, once you apply online)
  6. 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.                                   
  7. 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). Or the university, may send e-scripts to
  8. 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 Student Admissions and Programs office.