Admission to the SJD program is based on an evaluation of the candidate's ability to pursue sustained and rigorous research that will culminate in completion of the proposed dissertation. In making this determination, the SJD committee may consider

  1. The strength of the applicant's academic record;
  2. Whether the student has successfully engaged in serious research and writing projects in the past;
  3. The strength of the applicant's research proposal and/or the proposed Committee Chair's evaluation of the applicant's proposal; and
  4. The strength of the applicant's letters of recommendation.

Minimum TOEFL scores

We require for admission to the SJD program minimum TOEFL scores of 100 for the internet-based test, 250 for the computer-based test or 600 for the paper-based test.