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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

SDSU/CGU Joint Doctoral Program (Ph.D.)

All applicants must have completed a master's degree program prior to admission and reside in San Diego and Imperial counties or commit to relocating to if admitted to the program.

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. GRE exam & request official transcript(s): Take the GRE exam (CGU will not accept scores that are more than 5 years old) and request official transcript(s) to be sent to both SDSU Graduate Admissions and CGU Office of Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Office of Admissions
    Claremont Graduate University
    170 E. Tenth St.
    Claremont, CA 91711-6163

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    If you earned your degree in a country where English is not the primary language, then you will likely be required to take the TOEFL exam.  TOEFL official scores, that are not more than two years old and have a minimum score of 100 (required by the program), must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) (

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it here: Online Program Application 

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload.

  1. Personal Statement: Write a 2-3 page personal statement.  The statement should include your reasons for seeking admissions to this particular doctoral program, your perceived strengths and weaknesses in preparation for doctoral study, your research interests, and your relevant academic and employment experiences.  Indicate why you believe the SDSU/CGU Joint PhD Program in Education is appropriate for you.  Be sure to include at least two faculty members from each campus with whom you would like to work based on your thorough knowledge of their work.  The personal statement should be typed and double spaced.

  2. Resume: Prepare a current resume listing work experience, education, awards, publications and presentations.

  3. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

  4. Letters of Recommendation: Contact three individuals who you have interacted with both personally and professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Please request that they write their letter and have it ready for when the system is available since they will be needed quickly.  Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program Application.


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact or visit the Joint Ph.D. Program Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
December 15, 2017
Program application
December 15, 2017
Transcripts due
January 12, 2018



International Students: If you are an international student, please contact the International Recruitment Center at (619) 594-6336 or e-mail or refer to their website at
College of Education Office of Student Services