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Joint Doctoral Program - Application Process

Deadline: Annual deadline - December 1 (please also check U.C Berkeley site)
(applications accepted for Fall semester only)

To apply to the Joint Doctoral Program, follow the checklist below for each campus. Submit each item on the list to the designated campus.

San Francisco State University
University of California, Berkeley
* SFSU Application: Download and complete the Department of Special Education Application.
* Departmental Application for Graduate School of Education

* Application Fee

  * Two sets of official transcripts of all universities and colleges attended (graduate and undergraduate)
  * Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships
Sections A, B, F, G, H
Section F–Fellowships
  * GRE (verbal, quantitative and written analytical scores available from within the last 5 years)
  *Letters of Recommendation
  For additional information see:

** If you are recommended for admission you will be directed to formally apply to Graduate Studies at San Francisco State University.

Your completed application to U.C. Berkeley, with the Department of Special Education at SFSU application sheet, is preliminary for the initial screening of all candidates. Evaluation of applicants includes consideration of the following:

  • undergraduate grade point average
  • graduate grade point averages
  • verbal and quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • letters of recommendation from professional sources
  • statement of purpose
  • writing sample
  • related professional experience
  • personal interview for semi-finalists

Following admission to the program, coursework and requirements at both campuses include:

  • A minimum of two years full-time study with courses taken at
    SFSU and UCB
  • Three areas of specialization or "emphasis"
  • Three position papers
  • Oral Qualifying Examination
  • Dissertation

For additional inquiries, please contact our offices for program information and Faculty referrals:

Joint Doctoral Program
Department of Special Education
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
Burk Hall 156
San Francisco, CA 94132 USA
Phone: (415) 338-1161
or 338-2501

Email: spedcd@sfsu.edu

Website: http://www.sfsu.edu/~spedcd/

Education Admissions Office
Joint Doctoral Program, Special Education
Graduate School of Education
1607 Tolman Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1670 USA
Phone: (510) 642-0841


Both the UCB Graduate Application for Admission & the Departmental Application for Graduate School of Education may be selected from this website.

Caron Williams
(510) 642-4202

San Francisco State University, Coordinator
Marci J. Hanson, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director
Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education,
San Francisco State University
University of California, Coordinator
Anne J. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director
Graduate School of Education,
The University of California, Berkeley

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