Admissions Process

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We are most interested in admitting students:

  • who want to make a difference in the field of education
  • who want to engage in educational issues and be challenged
  • whose goals are addressed by the program’s content and approach to study

Any doctoral program is difficult to complete and requires a high level of commitment. Before you apply, you should communicate with the curriculum and instruction program coordinator to talk further and in depth about your goals. You should also connect with faculty interested in your focus area. We want to make sure that this program is the right fit and choice for you.

Admissions Process

Admission to the curriculum and instruction program is completed through the Graduate College. We suggest the following to help you be successful:

  • Look over the full application before completing.
  • Choose references who can speak to your academic strengths as well as your commitment to the field of education.
  • Create a goal statement that speaks to how this program meets your short- and long-term goals.
  • Follow the directions on the application; contact the C&I Doctoral Program coordinator with any questions.  


Applications are due:

  • February 15th of each year for a fall start date
  • September 15th of each year for a spring start date

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Test Results

Provide scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general tests or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The testing firm must send official scores to the Graduate College.

The test must have been taken within eight years of application to the program. If you have not taken either of these tests, you may contact the Counseling and Testing Center at 928-523-2261 for information regarding application procedures and dates these tests will be administered. It is not necessary, however, that you take these tests at Northern Arizona University.

There is no minimum score required on these measures, but it is important that you do your best. Data from these tests will be considered in relation to your complete portfolio and may be used in program planning. Study guides for these tests are available at most university bookstores.

Students from non-English speaking countries must have a TOEFL score sent to the Graduate College.


You may initially send unofficial transcripts, but once accepted you need to forward your official transcripts. 

Committee Review

The admissions committee will evaluate all applications using a rating scale, and recommend the most competitive applicants for acceptance. 

Admissions Status

All applicants will be notified of their final admissions status no later than May 1st for a fall start date or December 1st for a spring start date.