Community Research and Action PhD


To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee

  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate level coursework from each college or university that you have attended

  • A master's degree in one of the following fields is expected:

      • Counseling
      • Education
      • Human development
      • Political science
      • Psychology
      • Public administration
      • Social work
      • Sociology
      • Student affairs
      • Another related social science discipline
  • Personal statement: The personal statement should be a well-substantiated written statement of approximately 2 to 3 single-spaced pages that describe:

(a) your training and professional background, as well as your interest in public scholarship on issues impacting communities;

(b) your research interests and associated relationship(s) to social justice, human rights, public service, social welfare and/or community transformation;

(c) your career goals (academic, research or policy-related) associated with pursing a research degree; and

(d) two or three faculty members in the College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) who could be potential advisors and why

  • Résumé or curriculum vitae

  • Three letters of recommendation. The letters should come from individuals who are familiar with your academic background and record and should address potential for advanced graduate study.

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