Admissions Criteria and Student Recruitment


Candidates for admission to the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education must fulfill all general requirements for admission to the CUNY Graduate School (see the most recent Bulletin), including scores on a recent sitting (within 5 years) of the Graduate Record Examination of the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ).

In addition, candidates should normally have completed a Master's or other relevant higher degree beyond the Baccalaureate. (Exceptions may be made for outstanding candidates or those with equivalent experience.)

Candidates must also offer additional evidence of qualification to pursue reasearch, including: (a) two professional letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member familiar with the candidate's academic work; (b) a portfolio of evidence of relevant accomplishments and a sample of written work.

Candidates should have at least two years of teaching or other relevant professional experience in education, preferably in urban settings. In some cases students may be admitted without this experience, but must then complete it as a condition for advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.

Each concentration and option with the Urban Education program also specifies additional criteria for admission:

Policy Studies Concentration

Curriculum Studies Concentration:

Arts, Humanities, and Social Studies Option

Science, Mathematics, and Technology in Education Option


NOTE: Additional graduate credits in Education may be required of candidates without a Master's degree in Education to meet prerequisites for the remaining Core courses, but these may be taken after admission and prior to enrollment in these doctoral courses; pre-doctoral coursework is taken at a participating CUNY college offering a relevant Master's degree. Up to 30 qualifying graduate credits may be offered toward the Ph.D. degree (see CUNY Bulletin).