Apply to the Ph.D. Program

Application Deadlines

Admission to the doctoral program typically occurs in the fall semester.

The application deadline for Fall 2020 is January 15, 2020.

How to Apply

To apply, you must complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Create a GradApp account
  2. Complete your GradApp profile under "My Account".
  3. Select "Apply to a Program" from the sidebar.
  4. Choose "Degree Seeking" under application type and "Government & Public Policy (PHD)" under program of study.
  5. Choose the semester during which you wish to enter the program.
  6. Your application should now be initiated under "My Active Applications."

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral program is competitive and based on both your abilities and faculty interest and expertise in your proposed area of study. The School of Information may deny entry to an otherwise qualified applicant if there is insufficient faculty intellectual overlap for working with that applicant.

Our faculty consider the overall package when making candidate evaluations, including:

  • An undergraduate or graduate academic record that is indicative of significant achievement (typically a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores that are indicative of significant promise (typically a minimum of the 80th percentile or higher on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the test)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation that clearly speak to your promise as a graduate student and as a doctoral student
  • A résumé indicating both employment and educational experience to date
  • A statement of intent outlining why you are applying to this particular program and what you consider the outcome of doctoral study will be
  • An interview, on campus or by phone, with selected members of the faculty
See also minimum admission requirements from the UA Graduate College. Also refer to our information for international applicants if needed.

Application Checklist

You are required to submit the following materials as part of your online application. Your application will not be processed until all required information is received.

Academic Statement of Purpose

Write a 750-1000 word statement outlining why you are applying to this particular program and what you consider the outcome of doctoral study will be. You need not, at this point, indicate potential dissertation topics, but an indication of the area(s) in which you propose to study would be very helpful to the faculty. 

The Statement of Purpose should be uploaded in your online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section.

GRE Scores

Upload your unofficial GRE scores as part of the online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section. You must also submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) through ETS using institution code 4832.

Transcripts

Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended as part of the online application.

Official e-transcripts can be sent to si-transcripts@email.arizona.edu directly from the institution or mail one official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College). Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.

School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill, Room 409
1103 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

English Language Proficiency

You are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English or if you have not received an undergraduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive medium of instruction.

Upload your unofficial TOEFL scores as part of the online application. You must also submit official scores through ETS using institution code 4832.

Letters of Recommendation

Provide email addresses and contact information for three recommenders in the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ section of the online application.

Resume/CV

Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) as part of the online application in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section.

Additional Forms

You may also need to complete:

  • A domicile affidavit if you wish to have in-state (Arizona) statusMail or FAX the form directly to the Residency Classification Office. All students are considered out-of-state residents until domicile affidavits are processed. See Residency Guidelines and also review information about Proposition 300.

  • A financial guarantee form (international students)

  • An immunization form to be sent directly to Campus Health. Students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have met the University's immunization requirements. For more information, see the Campus Health Service's immunization requirements.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, contact:.

Barb Vandervelde
Manager of Administration
barbv@email.arizona.edu
520-621-3567