Very few students are admitted to the Doctoral Program. The admissions process is designed to identify those applicants who are most likely to succeed in their studies and their careers and for whom there is a good match between their interests and those ...
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What does the doctoral admission committee look for?
How can I tell if I am a good fit for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
The Wagner Doctoral Program prepares students for careers in research. You should be confident that you are interested in pursuing such a career...
What fields of study are available at Wagner?
The Doctoral Program has the following established fields of study...
Do I need strong quantitative skills to be admitted to the Wagner Doctoral program?
Because this is a research degree, prior quantitative coursework and/or strong quantitative GRE scores are expected for this program. All students are required to take courses in both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Do I need a master's degree to apply for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
Yes. Students without graduate-level training are rarely admitted directly into the doctoral program. Admission to the doctoral program is very competitive and students without masters training are rarely considered competitive.
What type of financial aid is available for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
Doctoral students who do not come with their own funding receive a four-year research apprenticeship (or equivalent), which carries full tuition remission, a stipend, student health insurance and a $1,000 start-up grant. No additional application material...
Can I apply to the Wagner Doctoral Program as a part-time student?
No. The Wagner Doctoral Program does not admit part-time students. Students must attend full time through the first two years of the program. After students finish coursework and comprehensive exams, however, they may continue as part-time students.
How can I learn about the Wagner Doctoral Program?
The best way to begin learning about the Doctoral Program is to browse the web site, which contains complete information about the Doctoral Program's academic policies, admissions procedures, degree requirements, fields of study and program resources, as ...
What types of teaching opportunities are available to Wagner doctoral students?
An important feature of the Wagner Doctoral Program is the wide range of opportunities for students to obtain the skills and experience necessary to become effective teachers. There are many opportunities for doctoral students to work with full-time facul...
Is student housing available to doctoral students?
Housing is available in the form of University-owned apartment complexes. Apartments are available only to matriculated, full-time students.
What are the Doctoral Program requirements?
Successful completion of the doctoral degree requires 72 academic course credits with a B+ or better average, completion and passing of the Preliminary Qualifying Examination, completion and passing of two comprehensive exams, a third year research paper ...
What types of advisement are available to Wagner doctoral students?
Upon entry into the program, all new students are assigned a faculty advisor who shares common research interests and will further help the student organize a study plan. When a student completes the requisite coursework and comprehensive exams, s/he will...
What types of career will the Wagner Doctoral Program Prepare me for?
The program prepares graduates for careers at academic institutions, in think tanks, research firms, and research units of public, quasi-public and private organizations, as well as for other positions with substantial responsibilities for the supervision...
What is the average length of time to degree completion for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
Doctoral Program students typically finish the degree in within 5 years.
What percentage of applicants are admitted to the Doctoral program?
The program admits approximately 5 students to the Doctoral Program each year. This comprises a little less than 5 percent of the applicants.
What types of research opportunities are available to Wagner doctoral students?
There are many research opportunities available to students through research centers affiliated with the Wagner School. All doctoral students are encouraged to seek research opportunities...
When do applications for the Wagner Doctoral Program become available and where can I get them?
The application for admission is available and can be submitted online...
When will I be informed of my admissions decision for the Wagner Doctoral Program?
The application review process begins immediately following the December submission deadline. Decisions are typically sent by late March.
Can I transfer credits from other graduate-level work toward my doctoral degree?
Credit toward the degree for courses taken at other institutions may be awarded under certain conditions and must be approved by one's faculty advisor and the Director of the Doctoral Program...
May I defer my admission for a year or more after acceptance?
Deferrals are granted only in rare instances. To seek a deferral, send a letter indicating your reason and your intended semester of enrollment to the Office of Admissions. In those few cases when a deferral is granted, a deposit is required.