Doctor of Philosophy

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2013 – 2014 Academic Terms

  • January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 (Residency will be held January 3 – 10, 2014)
  • July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (Residency will be held July 4 – 11, 2014)

Admissions Criteria

Students applying for admission into the Ph.D. program should demonstrate the following characteristics (in order of priority).

  1. Intellectual/analytical ability and academic preparation as demonstrated through transcripts, letters of recommendation, application essay, and telephone interview.
  2. Openness to and interest in doctoral research and advanced learning–or, stated differently, the absence of a dogmatic or closed or fixed point of view.
  3. Reasonable fit within the three areas of concentration.
  4. Related considerations such as a personal/professional schedule that makes it possible for an applicant to participate fully in the low-residency format, ability to work with others, and similar factors.

Application Materials

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following items:

  • Online application form
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of Purpose Guidelines [PDF, 75KB]
  • Official copies of your bachelor’s and master’s degree transcripts and official transcripts of all attempted coursework at the bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral levels
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least one letter should come from someone who holds a Ph.D.
  • Resume or vita

Application Deadlines

January 2014: Deadline is November 1, 2013

July 2014: Deadline is May 1, 2014

All complete applications are reviewed by an admissions committee. Candidates that are strong contenders for admission will be invited to move to the next stage of the application process, a telephone interview with members of the admission committee or faculty member.

Transfer Credit Policy

Up to nine (9) semester hour credits (the equivalent of three (3) doctoral-level courses) from a regionally accredited university are eligible to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee for approval of transfer. The transfer courses must have been completed in the past five years with an equivalent grade of “B” or above. Courses applied toward an earned master’s degree are not eligible to be reviewed for transfer.

Transfer Credit Petition Form, transcripts, syllabi and all written assignments for courses considered for transfer must be submitted as part of the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies application package. Union Institute & University reserves the right to apply, or not apply, acceptable transfer credit toward its degree requirements. In no case will transfer credit negate the 36 month time in program length. Union Institute & University operates on a semester system; therefore, courses taken at colleges operating on the quarter system are converted to semester credit hours.

UI&U Minimum Computer Proficiency/Literacy
Students entering into Union Institute & University’s degree programs are expected to have a basic working knowledge of computers, including the following minimum skills:

1. Basic Knowledge of Computers and Standard Productivity Software:

  • Understand the concept and basic functions of a Windows operating system.
  • Save to disks, find files, create directories, and run/execute programs on a Windows 2000 Professional or newer system.
  • Copy and paste text and images.
  • Create, edit, and save a document using word processing software.
  • Install and remove application programs.
  • Upload and download software and files.

2. Information Retrieval Skills:

  • A working knowledge of the World Wide Web and its functions, including searching, surfing, and installing and upgrading a Web browser.

3. Electronic Communication Skills:

  • Use of e-mail, listservs, and bulletin boards.
  • Proper “etiquette”

If students do not meet these skills and technology requirements at the time of acceptance into their program, it is the personal responsibility of the student to meet them within a few weeks of acceptance.


Contact us at admissions.phd@myunion.edu or 800-486-3116 x1241