To be considered for admission to SIT’s Doctorate in Global Education, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent from an accredited university
  • One research methods course at the MA level (i.e. Introduction to Research Methodology). In the case of SIT alums, Practitioner Inquiry will meet this requirement
  • Strong academic writing and scholarly potential, as evidenced by a statement of purpose
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • A preferred grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

(MA holders and SIT alumni in a relevant field will be able to transfer up to 12 credits toward the EdD program. Please ask us for more information.)

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: Applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and SIT Graduate Institute alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

English Language Ability

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English must submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.

Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT) or 100 on the internet-based text (iBT)Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.