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Admission Requirements

All applicants must have an identified research focus and a suitable research advisor in their area of specialization in order to be admitted to the CSD PhD program. All prospective applicants must send an email of intent, indicating their area of research interest and intended advisor, to the CSD PhD admission email address: Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact individual faculty members whose research interests align most closely with their own. 

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020. Application review will begin following the deadline. All applicants will be informed of admission decisions by April 1, 2020. 

Selected applicants will be interviewed by faculty members as part of the admissions process. A final admission decision depends on the availability of a suitable research advisor and a vote of the CSD PhD admissions committee. 

All applicants must:

  • Apply online using the SHRS ApplyYourself application.
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE General) scores to the University of Pittsburgh institution code 2927. For applicants who have taken the GRE 5-10 years prior to this application, the PhD program will accept a copy of the official GRE scores that were sent to the applicant (not just applicant's self-report). After 10 years, all applicants will need to retake the examination.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Additional requirements for international applicants

Additional Information

Prospective students who are interested in financial support should indicate this on their applications. Acceptance into the PhD program does not guarantee financial aid, but each admitted student is automatically put into a merit-based competition for available teaching assistantships, doctoral traineeships, and positions on research grants. These positions typically require 20 hours per week of research, teaching, or other service in exchange for a monthly stipend. For students with qualifying stipends, a scholarship typically covers at least partial tuition, fees, and individual medical insurance. The department’s Financial Aid Committee works with each admitted student’s adviser to secure a funding opportunity that is both academically and financially rewarding.