Overview

The secondary doctoral programs prepare researchers, master teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators. Our programs lead to nationally-and internationally recognized PhD and EdD degrees in many disciplinary areas at the secondary and post-secondary levels. We offer opportunities for doctoral students to become involved in research, funded projects, inservice teacher development, curriculum development, and experiences in teaching at the higher education level. Our faculty and students are highly involved in research and development in the state, nationally, and internationally. Represented among our faculty are graduates of a wide range of prestigious research universities.

Admission Requirements

For more information about our doctoral programs, please follow this link:  https://catalog.ua.edu/graduate/about/academic-policies/degree-requirements/#doctoraldegreestext

The Graduate School makes admission decisions based on a composite of qualitative and quantitative information that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • applicant’s statement of purpose
  • letters of recommendation
  • the academic standing of the student in program(s) in which the applicant has studied
  • relevant professional activities and achievements
  • admissions test scores
  • recommendations by faculty
  • 3 years of teaching experience

Not every student whose credentials meet stated standards is admitted. Admission requirements are subject to change without prior notice. A person holding a bachelor’s degree (or who is a senior) from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or the foreign equivalent for an international applicant) is eligible for consideration for admission to the Graduate School of The University of Alabama.

Application Process

Please apply online for graduate study at the Graduate School’s website.  Interested persons with restrictions that prevent the use of our online application or who have questions about applications should contact The University of Alabama, Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118; telephone (205) 348-5921 or 1-877-UAGRADS; fax (205) 348-0400; or e-mail gradschool@ua.edu.

All applicants, including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international applicants, must submit the following materials to the Graduate School using the online application:

  • Applicant data sheet and statement of purpose
  • One official transcript for each US institution of higher education (including community colleges) at which 15 or more credit hours have been completed. For domestic applicants, transcripts must be uploaded by the applicant. For international applicants, transcripts but be submitted directly by the issuing institution.
  • Admissions test scores less than five years old (if required by the department; see “Admissions Examination Criteria” for departments that do not require a test) mailed to the Graduate School directly by the testing service
  • The application fee is $60 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $75 for international applicants, payable online. Application fees are non-refundable.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommendations may be submitted online by logging in to ‘Manage Supporting Documents‘ or through postal mail. Complete information for the submission of letters of recommendation can be found at http://graduate.ua.edu/prospective-students/apply-now. These should be submitted directly to the department to which the applicant is applying (not to the Graduate School). Each applicant must have a letter of reference from at least one professor in
    1. his or her undergraduate major, or
    2. the proposed field of graduate study, if any courses have been taken in either area within the last five years
  • Additional application materials (e.g., portfolios, writing samples, responses to essay questions, etc.) required by individual departments. Applicants should contact departments directly for more information and visit ‘Manage Supporting Documents’ for a list of documents may currently be uploaded.

All of the above materials must be received by the Graduate School before an application will be considered. To ensure that no materials are missing, applicants should periodically check the status of their applications online or by telephoning the Graduate School.

Application may be made to only two programs at a time, and at no time may a student be enrolled in more than two programs. A person holding a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution (or the foreign equivalent for an international applicant) is eligible for consideration for admission to the Graduate School of The University of Alabama. Seniors who have completed at least 91 undergraduate credits at regionally accredited institutions are also eligible to apply.

If a student applies but does not complete any coursework within 12 months of the requested entrance date, a new application and an accompanying appropriate fee must be submitted.

https://catalog.ua.edu/graduate/about/academic-policies/application/

Program Requirements

The PhD requires a minimum of 72 hours of graduate study beyond the master’s degree, comprising at least 48 hours of coursework and 24 hours of dissertation research. The course of study must include no fewer than 24 semester hours in a major field, a minimum of 12 semester hours in foundational coursework, and a minimum of 18 semester hours in research methods.

The EdD degree requires a minimum of 72 hours of graduate study beyond the master’s degree, including at least 60 hours of coursework and 12 hours of dissertation research. The course of study must include no fewer than 24 hours in a major field, a minimum of 12 semester hours in foundational coursework, and a minimum of 18 semester hours in research methods. With the approval of the Student’s program advisory committee, some departments permit up to 6 semester hours of dissertation research credit to be included in the 60 hours of required coursework. In such cases the minimum number of hours is 66.

Students pursuing PhD and EdD must satisfy the following requirement: 12 hours of graduate coursework comprising (1) any educational foundations or psychology or classes or (2) any non-research methods courses outside the student’s department. Foundations courses cannot come from the student’s major program. Approved by the program study committee, these classes should introduce the student to theoretical discourses and bodies of knowledge that provide a depth and breadth of understanding necessary for fluency with the research, theory, and scholarship foundational to the student’s field of inquiry and dissertation research.

https://catalog.ua.edu/graduate/about/academic-policies/degree-requirements/#doctoraldegreestext