Skip to Main Content

Apply Now to the University of Wyoming apply now

Application Process

Curriculum & Instruction

Application Process

For students to be considered for admission to the PhD in Literacy Education program, they must:  

  • Submit all application materials. Please note: Preference will be given to applicants who apply on or before February 1 each year for the following year.
  • Deadlines

    Applications for program are due  September 1 for spring semester admission and  February 1 for summer or fall semester admission.

  • Complete an online application to the Literacy Education PhD Program. Submit supporting materials with the online application (see below).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in prior undergraduate or graduate work
  • Interview with Literacy Education Program faculty, either in person or via telephone
  • Master's degree is preferred

Supporting materials include: 

  • A current resume or vita;
  • A detailed letter that expresses why the applicant wishes to pursue a PhD in Literacy Education, including the applicant’s career goals; the applicant’s prior experiences in literacy or literacy education (e.g., relevant teaching or other educational experiences); previous university degrees, programs, certificates, or emphases related to literacy; potential areas of focus in a literacy doctoral program; potential research interests; and any other information the applicant considers to be relevant to her or his admission;
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from those who can speak to the applicant’s intellect, scholarly abilities, teaching ability, or other qualifications for doctoral study. These letters typically would be former professors, supervisors, or administrators;
  • An official report of the  Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that was taken within the preceding 5 years;
  • An  Application for a Graduate Assistantship should the student wish to seek one;
  • An academic writing sample is not required, but is preferred.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test is required for international students.


Once complete, the application packet will be reviewed by faculty in the Literacy Education Program Area. Following the interview, the literacy education faculty will make a recommendation regarding admission for Graduate Study at UW.

Back to Literacy Education PhD home

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon