Admissions

ELPHD welcomes graduate students ready to broaden their understanding of how to solve current issues in education. Our students gain real-world experience in a supportive atmosphere and vibrant research culture devoted to learning.

Future ELPHD Students

Our dedicated faculty and staff recognize the importance of diverse perspectives and learning styles. The intellectual input and unique cultural background of both our current and incoming students contribute to the richness of our intellectual environment and to the diversity of our student body.

Please note that the ELPHD department requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100, which is higher than what is set by the Graduate School at NC State University (85). As our courses require considerable reading, writing and verbal interaction, we have adopted this minimum score to improve the probability of successful completion of our degrees. For applicants who have already earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, you may be exempted from submitting the TOEFL score according to the Graduate School’s waiver policy. Questions about your application or any of our graduate programs should be directed to the respective program coordinator.

Program Application Requirements
Note that all materials must be submitted through our online application process only. No hard copies will be accepted.

  • Personal Statement

Masters Students:

  • Personal statement (1-2 pages) that describes your career experiences, future personal goals, and how a degree in the desired discipline will affect your career goals (uploaded in Apply Yourself)

Doctoral Students:

  • Members of the Doctoral Admissions Committee in each area will review all applications to the Ph.D. program. Many factors are taken into consideration in the decision process, including the personal statement that all applicants submit.
  • Your statement should be typed, single-spaced, and should be between two to three pages and address the following:1) Identify your current career goals and aspirations to improve education and society and indicate how the program to which you are applying could help you fulfill those goals and aspirations.2) A successful dissertation is an important contribution to knowledge to help solve problems facing education and advance equity.
  • One role of the Ph.D. program is to guide students as they work to become scholar leaders able to make such contributions. Please describe your research interest or focus that you would like to pursue as a doctoral student (be as specific as possible).3) Identify your experiences that could help you succeed and also benefit others in a PhD program.
  • Your professional résumé (uploaded in ApplyYourself)
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended except NC State University. Unofficial transcripts are to be uploaded into ApplyYourself. If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to the Graduate School before admission is confirmed. Please DO NOT send any transcripts to the department. The Graduate School receives all application materials.
  • Three recommendations from persons who can attest to your scholarly aptitude and motivation. (All must be submitted through “ApplyYourself”).
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Miller’s Analogy Test, depending upon program (see table below).
  • Proof of English proficiency for International applicants
  • North Carolina Residency application
  • $75 Non-refundable application fee paid online or sent to the Graduate School. 

Additional Program Requirements: (only MSA and Ed.D. in EAS)

MSA

  • 3 years teaching experience in a K-12 environment
  • One recommendation must be from current supervisor

Ed.D.-Educational Administration & Supervision

  • North Carolina Principal’s license or be eligible to receive one
  • One recommendation must be from current supervisor

Application Deadlines by Program

Deadlines for receipt of ALL application materials (including official test scores)

  • Principal Fellow applicants may apply at any time; application will be reviewed when complete.

On-Campus or DE Accepted Exams Application Deadline Program Coordinator

Ed.D.-Educational Administration & Supervision
On-Campus GRE or MAT
February 1st
Dr. Susan Faircloth: scfairc2@ncsu.edu

Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis specialization
** On-Campus GRE Applications suspended for Fall 2016; will reopen for Fall 2017

Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-HED specialization
** On-Campus GRE
December 1st
Dr. Alyssa Rockenbach: higher_ed@ncsu.edu

Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-ACCE specialization
** On-Campus GRE
December 1st
Dr. Susan Barcinas: susan_barcinas@ncsu.edu

Ph.D.-Educational Research & Policy Analysis-WHRE specialization
** On-Campus GRE or MAT
December 1st
Dr. Brad Mehlenbacher: brad_m@ncsu.edu

Ed.D.-Adult & Community College Education Charlotte Cohort
GRE
Next Cohort – To be Announced
Dr. James Bartlett: jebartl3@ncsu.edu

MSA-Master of School Administration
On-Campus
GRE or MAT
February 1st
Dr. Gregory Hicks: gehicks@ncsu.edu

M.Ed.-Higher Education Administration
On-Campus
GRE
December 1st
Dr. Tiffany Davis: higher_ed@ncsu.edu

M.Ed., M.S.-Adult & Community College Education
On-Campus
GRE or MAT
February 1st (Fall)
September 20th (Spring)
Dr. Sue Barcinas: susan_barcinas@ncsu.edu

M.Ed.-Training & Development Distance Education
(Online)
GRE or MAT
February 1st (Fall)
September 20th (Spring)
Dr. Chad Hoggan: cdhoggan@ncsu.edu

Certificate in Teaching, Training, and Educational Technology Distance Education
(Online)
N/A * Rolling
Dr. Chad Hoggan: cdhoggan@ncsu.edu

* Certificate students are not required to submit test scores or recommendations.

** These areas of study are simply “options.” They will not show up on their transcript/diploma in any way. The transcript will show PhD in ERP, not the program area.