FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When can I apply?
Applications are accepted anytime, but they are reviewed only once a year during the spring semester. New students begin courses in the fall semester. Only completed applications submitted by the annual deadline will be reviewed and considered during the admission period. The Ph.D. in TLC office will contact prospective students who submit incomplete applications. Those that are not completed by the deadline will be discarded. Completed applications that are submitted after the deadline will be deferred and reviewed for next year’s admission cycle during the spring semester. For a Graduate School application click here.
2. Is there an option if I was not able to complete or submit my application by the deadline?
Yes, applicants may consider the Graduate School’s Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking admission option. This option allows potential applicants to enroll in a couple of our doctoral classes but does not substitute or guarantee admission to the Ph.D. program or other programs. For more information about the Non-Degree Seeking admission option, contact the Graduate School at 915-747-5491, graduate.utep.edu or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the following guide for more information.
3. May I apply if I do not have a degree in Education or a related field?
Yes, however, leveling courses may be necessary. Consultation with faculty for enrollment into leveling courses is encouraged prior to
4. What are leveling courses?
Leveling courses are courses that applicants without the appropriate background or with insufficient background in the discipline are asked to take. The courses help acquire the necessary background knowledge to succeed in the program.
5. Can transfer students apply?
Yes, transfer students are welcome to apply. Each application will be evaluated on an individual basis for coursework equivalents that may be applied to the Ph.D. in TLC program of studies. However, as per UTEP Graduate School policy, Ph.D. coursework that is more than eight years old is generally considered expired.
6. Are the doctoral classes included in the graduate catalog?
The doctoral program and course descriptions are available on the graduate catalog www.utep.edu/catalog.
7. What are the minimum scores for the GRE, TOEFL, and
There is no minimum for the GRE, but you must earn a 550 for the TOEFL or a 6.5 for the IELTS. More specific information about these tests may be found in the admission process and requirements section. The admissions committee reviews all materials and makes decisions based on all application requirements to include the interview. Nevertheless, test scores are one component of the application that contributes to an admission decision. All of the application requirements help provide an overall and balanced applicant assessment.
8. What information should I include in my personal statement?
The majority of your statement needs to address your career goals, specific research interests, faculty members whose research interests you, and how this specific program will enhance your professional development. Briefly discuss anything else about your
9. Who should I ask for scholarly recommendations?
It is best to get recommendations from people who are familiar with you and the preparation that is needed to successfully complete a graduate degree in Education. People with an advanced degree and affiliated with higher education or academia (such as a university or a research laboratory) are typically the best sources for these scholarly recommendations, but letters from supervisors also are acceptable. More information about recommendations may be found in the admission process and requirements section.
10. Is there a specific form or format for letters of recommendation?
No, but recommendations must address the applicant's communication, academia, collaborative, study skills, as well as the potential for successfully completing a doctoral program. Please ask the people providing a recommendation to clearly indicate their name and yours. Recommendations may be addressed to the doctoral committee but must be submitted to the Graduate School like all other requirements.
11. How long does it take to get a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Culture?
The time varies among individuals primarily due to whether students are studying full-time or part-time and how long it takes students to write their dissertations. However, all students are expected to advance through the program in a timely fashion so that they can complete all requirements and graduate within three or four years. Students are asked to take only courses that count toward their degree and to enroll in the summer for at least three credit hours.
12. How much time can I expect to spend studying as a Ph.D. student?
On average, a doctoral student taking six credit hours (two courses) per semester can expect to spend approximately 30 hours per week on their coursework. This includes three contact hours per class plus 12 hours of study, reading and writing activities per class on a weekly basis.
13. Is the program offered online?
No, but most classes are hybrids and some are online.
14. Are evening classes available?
Yes, and classes generally meet once a week in the evenings except for Fridays and weekends.
15. May I visit your program and talk to faculty and students?
Yes, we encourage you to learn as much as possible about our program before you apply. This includes contacting faculty members whose research interests you. Our faculty is ready to talk to prospective students and can make arrangements for you to visit and/or talk with others who can help answer your questions. The United Teacher Education Doctoral Students (
16. How much is tuition?
All students who are employed by the University (all Ph.D. students and many M.A. students) may receive in-state tuition. For information about tuition, scholarships and financial aid, contact the Financial Aid office at 915-747-5204 or email@example.com and visit http://academics.utep.edu/finaid; Student Business Services 915-747-5116 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit; and the Office of Scholarships at 915-747-5478 or email@example.com and visithttp://utep.edu/scholarships.
The Programa de Asistencia Estudiantil (PASE) provides in-state tuition to Mexican citizens that qualify. For more information, contact the Office of Internation Programs at 915-747-5664 or firstname.lastname@example.org and visit http://studentaffairs.utep.edu/oip.
17. Where can I make an appointment to discuss or ask additional questions relative to the Ph.D. in TLC?
18. Are assistantships provided to Ph.D. Students?
A limited number of graduate assistantships (up to 20 hours a week) are available to full-time students (taking nine credit hours or three courses in the fall or spring) who have been admitted to the program. The budget for assistantships changes from year to year. Students interested in these positions should send their résumé and a letter of interest to Pei-Ling Hsu, Ph.D., Program Director, at email@example.com.