ICS Ph.D. Admissions Checklist

Documents to be Submitted for Admissions 

Transcripts: Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses completed. International student applicants, please note that ECU requires that foreign institution transcripts go through a course-by-course credential evaluation. ECU’s list of approved evaluators include WES (World Education Services), IEE (International Education Evaluations, Inc.), ECE (Education Credential Evaluators), Transcript Research, and SpanTran. Such an evaluation will take extra time and should be considered with consideration given to the priority application deadline of March 1st.

TOEFL score (non-English speaking international students)

Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation, two of which should be from those familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and potential to conduct scientific research.

Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose should demonstrate 1) the basis for the applicant’s interest in a coastal sciences program that integrates across natural and health or social sciences, 2) how the ICS program will contribute to the applicant’s long-term career aspiration, 3) what the applicant can contribute to the program and fellow students, and 4) a clear indication that the applicant recognizes the sustained personal commitment required for successful completion of the doctorate. A preliminary indication of the likely area of concentration, major professor, and complementary or secondary areas.

Writing Sample: Examples or excerpts from formal papers or published articles that demonstrate the applicant’s writing and analytical skills. White papers or gray literature authored by the applicant are acceptable writing samples.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae