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Education - Adult, Professional, and Community Education

Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, & School Psychology


Degree Coursework Dissertation Total Hours
PhD 51 hours 12 hours 63 hours
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester February 1 February 1
Spring Semester No Admission No Admission
Summer No Admission No Admission
Summer Midterm No Admission No Admission

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

Please note the deadlines for this program.  If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, students may no longer apply for the program for that semester.   Applicants will be required to submit a new application, required support documents and fee for admission consideration for future semesters.

Assistantship Information
Information on Doctoral Assistantships is located on the program web page: http://www.txstate.edu/edphd/Student-Resources/graduate-assistantships.html. Application for an assistantship should be submitted by February 1.


PhD Program Director

Dr. Ann K. Brooks
512-245-1936
Academic Services Building-South 323

Administrative Support

Christina Vaughan
512-245-2531

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process.  Applicants who prefer may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State.  The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application.  Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript.  The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university attended.  If your prior college or university does not send transcripts electronically, these transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address:.

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate and master’s degree from a regionally accredited university.  The master’s degree must be in an area related to proposed studies with a minimum 3.5 GPA on all completed graduate work.

Applicants who have not yet graduated should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Education- Adult, Professional, and Community Education Ph.D. program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

All international applicants (non-U.S. citizens) must fulfill the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement as identified in the “Admission Documents” section of the graduate catalog.  Fluency in reading, speaking, and writing English is expected of all accepted students.  In order to be eligible for admission into this program, international students must submit scores of:

  • iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) - 78 with 4 out of 4 minimum section scores: 19/reading; 19/listening; 19/speaking; 18/writing
  • pBT (Paper based/institutional TOEFL for Texas State students only) - 550
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 or higher with minimum individual module score of 6.0

Additional Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose (about 500 words describing background and professional goals. This should include your rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree in Education with a Major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education)
  • Interview with program Faculty
  • Three (3) completed recommendation forms addressing professional and academic background. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attach a recommendation letter to the reference form.
  • Current resume

NOTE: Some programs require specific forms to be used when submitting references and essays.  Please review the program website listed below.

Applicants may electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at http: //www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt/doc.html.  Recommendation forms may be sent by the recommender via e-mail to gradrqmt@txstate.edu.  Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably the student ID number.

Please visit http://www.txstate.edu/edphd for more information regarding this program.


International applicants, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.