How to Apply

To apply, submit an application along with a fee of $60 to the College of Education and Human Development.

After submitting the application, you will receive instructions on how to submit the additional application materials listed below through your online MyTU account. If you prefer, you may also mail these materials to

Temple University College of Education and Human Development
Office of Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 100
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

You will receive your nine-digit Temple University identification number (TUid) via email once you submit your application for admission. Be sure to include your name and TUid on all documents that you mail to Temple. View a complete set of application instructions for graduate study in the College of Education and Human Development.

Supporting Materials

  1. Transcripts: Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. Official transcripts can be emailed to or sent to the Office of Enrollment Management address listed above. 

  2. Goals Statement: Include an autobiographical personal statement that explains your reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree in education. The statement should address these questions.
    • How have your personal, academic, and professional experiences shaped your research interests, and how might a doctoral program in Education help you explore those interests?
    • What academic/professional goals would the program help you to achieve following graduation?
    • How does the doctoral program at Temple fit your individual interests, needs, and future goals (including the faculty member whose research best matches your own interests)?
  3. Academic Writing Sample: This should be a paper written for a course within the past five years. If applicants do not have a recent paper written for a course, they should compose an op-ed piece on the educational issue of their choosing. The op-ed should be between 400 and 1200 words and should be the kind of piece that might appear in The New York Times or The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  4. Recommendations: Submit two letters of reference that provide insight into your academic competence. References from college or university faculty members are recommended. You may request recommendations through your MyTU account or send them using the paper Reference Report for Graduate Study to the above mailing address.

  5. Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.

An earned master's degree is required for admission. Professional experience in higher education or work experience related to an applicant’s goals is strongly recommended. An interview may be required as part of the admissions process upon committee request.

Additional Requirements for International Students

International applicants should also submit the following materials.

Application Deadlines

Submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline to receive priority consideration for admission and financial support.

  • Fall: Feb. 1


For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011