Admission Information

Levin College Ph.D. Program

Students are admitted to the Ph.D. program in Urban Studies in the fall semester only. Students entering the program with a master's degree are expected to have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better. Both undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages are considered in determining eligibility for admission. Cleveland State also permits students with bachelor's degrees to enter the program. Bachelor entry-level students must have achieved at least a 3.5 grade-point average in their undergraduate work.

Applicants are expected to have earned a minimum combined 50th percentile on the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), plus at least a 4.0 on the analytical writing section. In addition to the application requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, an applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, a writing sample (preferably a recently graded research paper), a resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and a statement of purpose for seeking a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs. The application deadline is January 31st.

The statement of purpose should address the following issues:

  • Why do you want to pursue a Ph.D. generally, and at Levin specifically?
  • Within the field of urban studies and your intended concentration of Public Administration or Urban Policy and Development, what are you expecting to research at Levin?
  • Which faculty members at Levin are you interested in working with, and why?

Ready to apply? Find out how to apply here.