EPP Ph.D. Application Requirements

All graduate students are required to apply to the state application system ApplyTexas. We strongly encourage you to start this process well in advance of the deadline to allow us time to process your information. Visit our “How to Apply” page for departmental requirements and processes.

The GRE is not required for those applying in the Fall of 2021 for admission in the Fall of 2022 to the Education Policy and Planning program. This temporary change is due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that some university-wide fellowship programs may consider GRE scores. Applicants who want to be eligible for all possible fellowships and scholarships might want to take the GRE.

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should describe:

  • why you are interested in a doctoral degree in the Educational Policy and Planning Program (EPP) at UT Austin; what is it about our program, specifically, that interests you?
  • your research interests; what compels you to pursue a doctorate? What kinds of research are interested in conducting? Which faculty members would you like to work with? What are your burning questions?
  • any key life experiences that have shaped to your decision to pursue a doctorate in EPP;
  • any personal experiences, achievements, or accomplishments that would help you contribute to the program and the University’s mission for diversity and inclusiveness, and
  • your career aspirations once you complete your degree. 

Writing Sample

Submit a writing sample (e.g., course paper, master’s thesis, published article, paper prepared for a professional conference, etc.) to the “Miscellaneous Admissions Document” section in MyStatus. There is no page requirement, but we typically receive writing samples between five and 30 pages. After you submit your materials, you will receive an acknowledgment email from the Graduate School which will also contain your UT EID.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

You will be asked to submit a recent resume or curriculum vitae (CV). We recommend that you use this template so that admissions committee members can be sure to see all relevant information.