Admissions Requirements


Program Prerequisites

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Required Materials

  • Application and application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
    • International transcripts must include an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic work from an accredited academic evaluating service
  • GRE (General Test) or MAT scores
    • In place of exam scores, you may submit a one-page bulleted description of your professional and educational activities over the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    •  Provide one letter from a colleague and one letter from a supervisor that attests to your demonstrated leadership, potential for further leadership development and the ability to benefit from doctoral study.
    • In 500 words or more, detail the following topics:
      • your reasons for wanting to undertake doctoral studies
      • your most significant personal and professional accomplishments
      • the extent to which your personal and professional responsibilities will allow you to devote the necessary time and effort to the program
      • a detailed description of your potential research topic
  • Writing sample
    • The writing sample may include your master’s thesis, a published or submitted journal article, a scholarly paper, or a document created for your institution
  • Résumé
  • Official TOEFL scores are required of applicants whose native language is not English.
    • The University of Bridgeport school code for TOEFL is 3914.



Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

  • May 1 for priority consideration, August 1 (final deadline) for the Fall semester
  • October 1 for priority consideration, December 15 (final deadline) for the Spring semester