To apply for Ph.D. admission, first research the schools that offer a Ph.D. in a field in which you wish to be degreed. Take the Graduate Record Examination, or the GRE, and earn at least the minimum score required by the institutions where you wish to apply. Follow all instructions for the application process, which typically includes updating your resume or curriculum vitae, writing a personal statement, obtaining letters of recommendation from past professors and completely filling out an application.
When searching for the right program, consider the institution's reputation, location, the ratio of students to faculty, and any job placement programs. Some other important considerations include assistantship programs, scholarship or fellowship programs, tuition waivers and time commitment requirements. If you write a curriculum vitae, include any publications or educational presentations in which you have been involved. Because a curriculum vitae is an academic resume, it does not have a page limit, so make it is as detailed as needed.
As you write the personal statement, respond to any questions on the application, as directed. A common statement length is 1,000 words. This includes your reason for choosing that program and what a Ph.D. means to your future career goals. Turn everything in on or before the application deadline.