Doctorate Program Admission Process
Doctorate program applicants are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to the start of any semester. This application process allows ample time for an admissions decision and development of an academic schedule. The Admission Committee reviews all documents and will request an interview with the applicant prior to making an admission decision for a limited number of applicants to become resident or non-resident candidates for the degree.
Doctorate Admission Requirements for Non-International Students
A faculty admission committee will evaluate each applicant’s candidacy once all admissions materials have been received. The doctorate admission process requires the candidate to:
- Complete the application online at HarrisburgU.edu/Apply.
- Write an essay (in English) on how this degree supports the candidate’s academic and career aspirations.
- Submit final official transcript(s) from the college or university at which the highest degree earned was conferred. An unofficial transcript can be used for admissions decision but an official transcript must be sent prior to registration.
- Evidence of research potential. Such evidence could come from the submission of a Master’s Thesis (or equivalent published research). Students that are finishing the thesis may submit the incomplete thesis as part of their application packet. Students that have no published thesis or other research should have other means of showing potential, such as courses taken or significant documented projects.
- Submission of an official record of the Graduate Record Examination score (GRE) is recommended.
- Provide two letters of recommendation from academic or industry professionals.
- Submit a resume.
- A minimum master’s gpa of 3.30 (3.50 gpa is preferred for ISEM Ph.D.)
- A faculty review committee may select the candidate for an interview.
Your complete application packet should be sent via mail to Doctorate Admissions Coordinator, PHD@HarrisburgU.edu
Doctorate Admissions Requirements for International Students
In addition to the documents required above, an international student planning to attend the University on a student (F-1) visa must include:
- copies of Visa, passport, 1-20
- bank statements showing $26,500 or an affidavit of financial support (email PHD@HarrisburgU.edu if you need one)
- In addition to satisfying the appropriate admissions requirements and procedures, an international student must demonstrate proficiency in the English language if admitted as a non-resident candidate. Academic records should include courses studied, grades earned, diplomas, certificates, and results of comprehensive national examinations. Transcripts from a U.S. institution will suffice.
English Requirement for International Students
A demonstration of English language proficiency is required of any student who is not a United States citizen. Acceptable demonstrations would include one of the following:
- completing a college degree program from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education,
- scoring above average on the Analytical Writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
- earning a TOEFL score of 80 or higher on the web-based version, 200 on the computer version, or 520 on the paper version; or
- earning an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher.
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is approved by the Department of Homeland Security – U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (DHS-USCIS-SEVP) as an eligible institution for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to enroll non-immigrant students.
This approval allows an international student to apply for entry into the United States for study as non-resident candidate on an F-1 visa only after a complete application package is received an “Affidavit of Financial Support” is deemed sufficient by the University and a tuition deposit payment of at least $1,000 toward the first semester’s tuition has been received. A USCIS Form I-20 is then certified and submitted to SEVIS. The SEVIS application fee of $200 is then paid by the student directly to SEVIS.
Following entry into the United States and arrival at the University, the student will be required to provide a copy of the visa to confirm all identification information in SEVIS.
An international student does not qualify for Federal or State financial aid. Private education loans through participating lenders may be available, if eligible.
A graduate assistantship may be awarded to support the full-time doctoral student who works for faculty in research or as a teaching assistant. Duties may include serving on research teams; collecting, cleaning and analyzing datasets; preparing research publications or grant proposals; lecturing; grading, office hours, and other researching, teaching, or administrative tasks. An assistantship can include an annual stipend of up to $40,000 and the option to purchase health coverage through the University healthcare plan. An assistantship is awarded based on demonstrated need, academic potential, and faculty recommendation.