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Education - School Improvement

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

∞The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after the deadline for this program, on a first come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration.  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. Application for an assistanship should be submitted by February 1.

PhD Program Director
Dr. Sarah Nelson mailto
Academic Services Building-South 321

Administrative Support
Anna Sanchez mailto
Academic Services Building-South 317

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

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application. Please 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 from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to gradcollege@txstate.edu. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those 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 (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

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- School Improvement Ph.D. program does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not your native language or if you are not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Note: This program does not allow English--based conditional admission ("Bridge") based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants must submit the required scores for regular admission listed above.

Additional Application Requirements

  • Statement of purpose (about 500 words describing background and professional goals.  This should include the rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree)
  • Three (3) completed recommendation forms addressing professional and academic background.  References are required to use the program's Professional Reference Evaluation form and are also strongly encouraged to attach a recommendation letter to the reference form. 
  • Current resume
  • Possible interview with program Faculty
  • Possible academic writing sample

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

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 an student ID number.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.