Apply for a PhD in Special Education

Application Deadline

Application review for the SPED doctoral program begins December 1. For admissions consideration, all application materials should be received by January 5.

For funding consideration, all application materials must be received by December 1.


Application Instructions

Complete the University of Oregon Online Graduate Application.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students)/$90 (International Students), paid by credit card or eCheck. You will need to pay the application fee before you are able to submit the application.

  • You do not need to complete the online application in one sitting.
  • You will be able to log in and view/updated each section of your application until your payment is made
  • Once this fee is paid, your file is officially submitted to the department.

Within this online application, there are several sections to fill out including:

  • Personal information
  • Residency
  • Educational history
  • Names for professional references

Supporting Documentation

You will also have to upload the following documents as part of your department application:

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

Your vitae should include the following information, beginning with most recent education, including degree and institution (with dates of graduation):

  • Work experiences in education
  • Presentations at conferences or workshops
  • Publications, if any
  • Organizational affiliations
  • Any other relevant professional information

Professional Goal Statement

Discuss your professional goals and why you feel our program can support you in meeting these goals

Personal Statement

Describe your experiences in working with individuals and/or families with disabilities

Writing Sample

Submit one or more additional samples of scholarly writing (e.g., publication, term paper, thesis).

Letters of Recommendation

Within the application, you will input contact information (email) for three people who will be writing letters of recommendation for you.

Each recommender will receive an automated email prompt, directing them to an online system for providing input on you and submitting a letter.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Revised Graduate Record Examination (rGRE), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Scores

Within the application, you will self-report scores for the exam you have completed. You can also upload a pdf of the official scores.

Official scores should also be mailed to the SPED program at: 

Special Education Program
5261 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-5261.

Official Transcripts

You will upload a pdf of transcripts from all institutions where you have earned a degree. You will also need to request official copies be sent to:

University of Oregon
Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR  97403-1217