The CEP department processes doctoral applications once a year. Applications must be received by December 15th to be considered for the following summer enrollment. Students are expected to begin the program in Summer Session II (around July 4th).
Applications may be strengthened by submitting additional evidence of aptitude for graduate study (for example, reprints or other publications, grant proposals, relevant work samples, or additional support letters).
At least one interview will be required of finalists. This could include individual and/or group interviews. While students are encouraged to come visit the campus in order to get a better sense of the area and program, applicants may request to be interviewed through a series of conference calls.
Various non-objective admissions criteria are weighed as follows:
|Letter of Intent||High|
|Letters of Recommendation||High|
|On-campus interview/phone interview||High|
|Previous Research Experience||High|
|Related Public Service||Medium|
Recruitment of Culturally Diverse Applicants
NMSU is committed to increasing the enrollment and professional representation of culturally diverse students. A wide variety of cultures, nationalities, and ethnic groups are represented at NMSU; minority students make up one-third of the student body. Faculty and staff value the university’s diverse student population and strive to promote both academic and personal growth in every student.
International Student Applicants
Applicants from other countries or non-citizen applicants living in the US are required to first apply to the International Student Admission Program of NMSU. The required form, “International Applications for Admission,” may be obtained either online or from the following office:
Center for International Programs
MSC 3567/Box 30001
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Telephone: (575) 646-2017
Students for whom English is not their native language are required to submit an official score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 500 or above, and a score on the test of Spoken English.
It is strongly advised that applicants file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available either online or at NMSU’s Financial Aid Office (and at most college or university financial aid offices). This application will determine eligibility and aid availability. It is important to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st and before March 1st to increase the likelihood of available funds.
Additional NMSU financial aid information is available online, at the Office of Student Financial Assistance homepage.
Further information regarding NMSU and CEP department facilities, campus and community life, and other facts are available within the Doctoral Program Information Packet. The department is housed in the College of Education, Suite 205, O’Donnell Hall. For any questions that can’t be answered in the information packet, or through the links provided on the NMSU Links page (accessible using the menu above), please email Dr. Hitter, the Coordinator of Doctoral Admissions.