Admission to PhD Program
Before being admitted to the PhD program, the applicant must meet the requirements for admission to the Toulouse Graduate School specified in the Admission section of the graduate catalog. Applying is a two-part process. First, prospective applicants for the Health Service Research PhD program must obtain and file an application for admission to the UNT Toulouse Graduate School. Second, applicants for a PhD must obtain and file a separate application for admission to the program. No specific undergraduate or graduate major is required.
An official and competitive GRE score, no more than five years old by date of application, is required from all applicants.
English Proficiency (TOEFL) Score
For all international applicants, an official English proficiency exam score, the TOEFL, no more than two years old from the date of application, is required. We accept the TOEFL (minimum 79 IBT). Our institutional TOEFL code is 6481.
There are only two waivers of this requirement for international applicants:
- International applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in the United States are waived from submitting the English proficiency score.
- International applicants who are from a country whose official governmental language is English AND whose education has been entirely in English. Please see the list of countries whose citizens meet the waiver criteria for English proficiency.
Statement of Vision, Goals, Rationale and Achievements
A five-page, double-spaced, typed essay outlining the applicant’s academic interests and short and long term career goals is required and may be submitted with the online application.
Local applicants must submit official transcripts from all U.S. based colleges and universities attended, including any graduate program in which the applicant was enrolled for admission. These transcripts must be certified, signed or stamped as official by the university’s Registrar’s Office.
International applicants and U.S. citizen and permanent resident applicants with an international degree must submit an official attested photocopy of academic documents such as a transcript, diploma, mark sheets, provisional degree certificate and/or your final degree certificate, in a school sealed envelope with the school seal stamped on the back side of the envelope.
The applicant’s GPA from his/her last 60 semester credit hours or last 90 quarter credit hours will be used as a part of the admission committee’s review for competitiveness for admission.
A detailed resume of all work and volunteer history. This may be submitted with the online application, or you can submit a hard copy by mail or e-mail. Work experience is not required for admission to the PhD program. However, prior work and volunteer experience is considered highly beneficial.
Letters of Recommendation
Three professional letters of recommendation (2 from former professors and one from current or past employers or community leaders) are required for admission to the PhD program. Letters of recommendation may be submitted through the online letter of recommendation system in the online application, or you can submit a hard copy by mail, e-mail or fax.
All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to guarantee the selection of the most qualified applicants based upon a holistic review of the items listed above. After initial screening, an interview with prospective candidates will be conducted by the Admissions Committee, either in person or via Skype or other electronic means.