PhD Admissions

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

PhD Programs

December 1, 2020 (8:59 Pacific Time): Priority admissions deadline
May 1, 2021 (8:59 pm Pacific Time): Final admissions deadline

Application Requirements

NOTE:  Exam and Fee Waivers for 2021 Applications

We recognize the challenges everyday life presents these days.  In an effort to bring a little relief to our applicants, we are waiving two requirements.  For those applying for Fall 2021 we will not be charging an application fee.  Also, we will not be requiring the GRE exam.  But if you have already taken the exam, please go ahead and submit the results since this is more information we can consider to help us make wise admissions decisions. 

We are excited about receiving your application! 

Applicants to the doctoral programs must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate credits earned at accredited institutions. If admitted, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 24 of the 72 credits (quarter system).

Applicants to the doctoral programs must have a master's degree in a related field.


A scanned copy of your official transcript (front and back) from each post-secondary education institution you've attended must be included in your application. Please note that even if credits from one institution are listed on another school's transcript, we still require a separate transcript from every institution attended (including study abroad). If admitted, you will then be required to submit a sealed official transcript to the Graduate School before you can register for your first term at PSU. Official transcripts should reach us by the beginning of May. Registration for fall quarter typically opens towards the end of May. Please visit the Graduate School for complete instructions on submitting transcripts.

Statement of Purpose

This is an important part of the evaluation process and should be no more than 1000 words.

3 Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background. It is recommended that the individuals chosen have supervised you in some capacity. Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application system. An e-mail request automatically will be sent to your letter writer once you have entered their details.

Resume or CV

A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.

International Applicants

A TOEFL score of 550 or better, taken within the past two years. All graduate applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways outlined on the English Language Proficency page prior to enrolling in academic classes.