The doctoral program requires a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (A = 4.0) in graduate level work for admission consideration. No more than half of the credit applied toward fulfillment of the master’s degree requirements may be earned at other universities and transferred to SIU. All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores. International students whose native language is not English will be required to obtain at least 80 (internet-based test), 220 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 6.5 will be required for the IELTS test.
Applicants meeting the initial criteria (see Apply Now for initial application requirements) will complete a personal entrance interview with members of the Special Education faculty. The interview committee will review submitted application materials and conduct the interview. Each faculty member completes the individual interview evaluation form which includes his/her recommendation for acceptance or rejection of the applicant into the doctoral program. The Interview committee chair completes a committee consensus form. In addition, the consensus form notes any deficiencies required to be addressed in the student’s program. Copies of individual and committee consensus forms are placed into the student’s graduate file. At the completion of the doctoral interview, the faculty members of the interview committee make a decision to accept or reject the applicant’s request for admission into the doctoral program. The student is notified by mail of his/her admission status. If the applicant is admitted to the program, a temporary advisor is assigned. Upon recommendation of the special education graduate committee, the application is transmitted to the Graduate School for approval. Prospective students are encouraged to contact program faculty in areas of their research interest.