The PhD in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education is awarded by the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international applicants who do not meet the waiver requirements  – minimum score of 90 (internet-based) with a speaking score of 24 and a writing score of 25 (see the English proficiency requirements)
  • Recommended: Two years of experience teaching or tutoring within or outside of the United States
  • Master’s degree or significant graduate coursework
Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines
  • Jan. 5 (fall semester)*
  • Oct. 1 (spring semester)

*Applications may be reviewed after this date; however, program enrollment numbers may limit late admissions. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The program cannot guarantee that late applications will receive consideration for funding.

Application Procedures

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

GRE scores are not required for this program.

Materials to send to the department:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official TOEFL scores (if required)
  • Statement of purpose explaining related experiences, reasons for pursuing graduate study, and future goals
  • Sample of academic writing
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa.


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