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Online Ph.D. in Literacy FAQs

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  • Master’s degree in any field.
  • GPA. of 3.2 or higher.
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • MAT/GRE:
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Analytical Written Section, satisfactory score.
    • While we require a MAT/GRE score to be submitted, we evaluate each application holistically to identify each applicant’s strengths.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS or DUOLING scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Research background and goals for doctoral study/future career.
  • All official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • All students who have attended an international university or whose academic records are in a language other than English, and not accredited by the United States, must submit a foreign credential evaluation. Please refer to for a listing of credential evaluating agencies from which we can accept course by course evaluations. The evaluations must contain US grade and credit equivalents.

The Ph.D. in Literacy program can be completed in just 3-4 years.

No. The Ph.D. in Literacy degree is fully online, with no residency requirement or campus visits required.

Ph.D. in Literacy program tuition for the current academic year is $1,560 per credit hour.

Learn more about tuition and fees by visiting our Tuition page.

Yes. The Ph.D. in Literacy program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

This program will:

  • Broaden and increase your depth of knowledge on literacy for all learners, including diverse and at-risk populations
  • Develop you into a literacy educator who sees diversity as an advantage
  • Equip you with forward-thinking perspectives on literacy research, theory, practice, and evaluation
  • Instill an advanced capacity to conduct research and inquiry

The online Ph.D. in Literacy from St. John’s stands apart for its:

  • Curriculum focused on addressing the at-risk population
  • Quick time of completion (3 to 4 years, vs. 3 to 6 years for many programs)
  • Choice of a cognate in TESOL or Literacy
  • Full-time faculty committed to student success via teaching and advising

No. You will have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete your online coursework at times that are convenient for you.

You can start your application online or visit the Admission page for a list of the materials you will need to submit for application.

If you have further questions about the program, please call us at 844-393-1677 or Request More Information.