Doctorate in Philosophy in Second Language Research
The Doctorate in Second Language Research is a highly selective program with very specific admissions requirements. All candidates:
- Must have a master’s degree (or equivalent) or higher from an accredited university with a minimum academic index of 3.00. Candidates who have a master’s degree or higher in areas unrelated to language research or language teaching must approve the course ENGL 5030 Principles of Linguistics. Their admission is conditional until they pass this course. They may not take any specialization courses until this course has been approved.
- Must have approved a basic statistics course as part of their undergraduate or graduate studies and have approved said course with a grade of 3.00 or higher. If the candidates’ graduate or undergraduate degree did not require a course in statistics, or they did not pass said course with a grade of 3.00 or higher, they must approve EDUC 5133 or any other introductory statistics course at the graduate level with a grade of 3.00 or higher. Their admission is conditional until they pass this course. They may not take any specialization courses until this course has been approved.
- Be bilingual in English (all courses will be offered in English) and one other language (evidence will be required).
- Be able to evidence prior research experience (example: master’s thesis, course-related research, published or unpublished research) The candidates’ prior research experience will be evaluated by the admissions committee consisting of experts in methodology and second language research.
All candidates for admission must comply with the admission procedures. They must present documents that credit their identity for authentication aims purposes (identification with photo such as a passport or current driver’s license).
Phase 1: Documentation
- Complete the online Admissions Application and pay the non-refundable admissions fee.
- A master’s degree or higher with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 is required.
- Have an official transcript of credits sent to the Ponce Campus.
- If the statistics course you took was at the undergraduate level, you will need to send a transcript of those credits as well.
- International candidates whose degrees have been conferred by foreign institutions should request a translation of the transcript from one of the following agencies who validate credits from these institution:
- Send recommendation letters from three people who can vouch for your academic and professional abilities.
- Send a copy of Social Security Card (or passport if you are an international student).
- Complete Declaration of Major form.
- Send evidence of English language proficiency
- Send evidence of second language proficiency
- Send evidence of prior research experience. If the document is too large (e.g. master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation), please provide a link to the document in places such as Proquest, a cloud service or other web services (researchgate.net, academia.edu, Eric).
*Note: This program does not require graduate school admissions exams such as the GRE or EXADEP.
Phase 2: Evaluation of submitted documentation
Phase 3: Notification and Authentication
If the decision is favorable, you will be asked to participate in an online identity verification process. Based on your academic preparation, you may be asked to take pre-requisite courses in Linguistics and/or Statistics. In these cases, you may be admitted provisionally to the program until these requisites have been completed.
Phase 4: Course Selection and Registration
Following the curricular sequence you will register in your courses.
- You will be required to take a short technological initiation course to make sure you are familiar with the platform that the university uses to deliver its online courses and other technological aspects.
- You will also need to accept the tuition charges for your courses.