Doctoral Admissions

While each doctoral program has its own admission requirements, the Graduate School specifies the following minimum criteria for doctoral matriculation:

Step 1.  Submit the following admission credentials to the Graduate School

  • An application for admission to Graduate School – Click Here to Apply
  • All applicants must submit one (1) official copy of transcripts from all 4 year regionally accredited colleges and universities attended. Community College transcripts are not required.
  • Every application requires an official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Official transcripts can be sent electronically using escript, Parchment or another approved electronic service to, or by mail to:

 The Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217
  • Students with International transcripts: Please visit the International Admissions web page for additional information regarding transcripts.
  • Graduate School requires a 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 Scale) at the undergraduate level or a Masters’ degree (See program requirements).
  • Admission by a major department. Departmental requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog or in the application packet
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee. Applications will not be processed without payment of the application fee. Payment is made by  using a credit/debit card at the time of application.  Application payments are processed as part of the application.
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support with the University with the Division of International Studies. Click for: Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (pdf).
  • The student should consult the major department for additional requirements.


Step 2.  Other Requirements

Immunization Requirement

  • All applicants must submit immunization records showing proof of immunization compliance for measles and rubella, unless born prior to 1957, to:  JSU, Health Services, P.O. Box 17097, Jackson, MS  39217.  Telephone:  (601) 979-2260. Click here for details


Departmental/Program Requirements for Doctoral Applicants:  Please check with the program/department for specific requirements.

  • Department/program application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A written statement of purpose
  • All required national examination scores.(GRE, GMAT or MAT). University Test Code= 1341
  • Meet the minimum GPA requirement of the desired program


Additional Application Material are required for all Doctoral programs Click here for Program Contact info

General Priority Application Deadlines

Fall – March 1
Summer – March 15
Spring – October 15

Program Specific Deadlines 

Fall Admission: January 15

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Educational Administration


Fall Admission: March 1

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. in Data Enabled Science & Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science
  • Public Administration
  • Ph.D. in Social Work
  • Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning
  • Dr.PH. in Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education


Fall Admission: March 15

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration
  • Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education


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