PhD in Public Policy

Admission Information About the Ph.D. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy

We are currently not accepting admission applications. We admit a new cohort on a three-year cycle. We expect to have the next cohort in Fall 2019.

Admission Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016
The application and all supporting materials must meet this deadline including GRE test results. 

Minimum Requirements:

Minimum Requirements: Candidates should have a master's degree in public policy, education, or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Applicants who do not have a 3.25 overall GPA must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete doctoral studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. See below for details.

Application Submission Address:

  • Candidates should submit all application materials to the Application Processing Center, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412. Electronic transcripts and other application materials can be emailed to: edocs@maine.edu

Admission Fee Waiver:

Admissions is currently offering an application fee waiver until February 15, 2016. That means admission applications must be submitted by that date to be eligible for the waiver.

There’s a code you must input on the application to receive the waiver. Below is the link to the instructions on what the code is and where to input it.

http://usm.maine.edu/office-of-admissions/application-fee-waiver

Application must include:

  • A submitted online graduate admission application;
  • The application fee of $65.00;
  • Test scores from the GRE (see below);
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine system. A transcript is official when it comes directly from the institution. If an applicant is submitting an official transcript, it must be in a sealed envelope from the institution indicating that it is an official document. If the envelope has been opened prior to arriving at the Office of Graduate Admissions, it is no longer considered an official transcript;
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant's knowledge of current scholarship, capacity to connect theory and practice in posing and solving educational problems, achievement of excellence in educational practice, and demonstrated capability and motivation to engage in doctoral study. References should be from individuals who are qualified, through direct experience with your academic or professional work.  One of these individuals should be your supervisor.  Your supervisor and the other person writing a letter of reference on your behalf should comment on your qualities and experience as an educational leader and/or your ability to undertake doctoral level graduate study. Recommendations are submitted using our online application form. You will need to provide the name and email address for each of your recommenders during the application process. Once you submit your application, an email will be automatically generated to your recommenders directing them to fill out the electronic letter of recommendation;
  • Essay (see below);
  • Certification of finances (international students only);
  • Submission of official TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not first language);
  • Current resume.

Special Essay Question

In addition to the general requirements of the program, candidates for the PhD in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy should address the following questions. Both essay questions are required.

The essay questions are as follows:

1. Describe your professional background and goals. How does the Ph.D. in Public Policy: Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy fit with these and what makes you a good candidate for this program? (500 words)

2. Identify an education policy and describe it. What research evidence is there related to the policy’s impact, and how might you design further research to investigate the policy’s impact? (750 words)

If you submit your essays separate from your online application, please be sure that your name is clearly stated on the document.

Testing Requirement

The GRE is required. Applicants must have earned a score of either 1,000 points or above (for tests taken before 9/1/2011) or 300 or above (for tests taken on or after 9/1/2011) on the combined Verbal and Quantitative subtests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE must be taken within the last five years.

Applicants who did not score 300 combined on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE must enclose a letter asking for special consideration, in which they provide evidence of an ability to complete doctoral studies successfully. Without such a letter, applicants who fail to meet eligibility requirements may be automatically denied.

If English is not your language you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. You must have earned a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for students whose native language is not English.

(rev. 1.15.2016)