Admission Procedures

Admission Procedures:

This program is not open for Spring 2021 admissions.

Contact the Joint Doctoral Coordinator at Cal State LA and/or attend an Informational Meeting

  • Submit California State University, Los Angeles application
    • Apply to the University online at:
    • Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate study
    • Submit official GRE scores
  • Submit an online Cal State LA Charter College of Education application.
    • Apply to the College online at:
      Applications are due in February for fall admission. In addition to completing the Application Form and Statement of Intent, submit the following materials online:
      • Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate study
      • Three letters of recommendation
      • Current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative Scores (taken within the last five years)
      • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Applicants may be asked to participate in an oral interview with the Joint Doctoral committee members.

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate upper division and 3.5 graduate grade point average    
  • Minimum GRE 145 verbal and 145 quantitative scores
  • A master’s degree in Special Education or a related field
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience with individuals with disabilities
  • Demonstration of potential for successful completion of doctoral research

Ph.D. in Special Education