Admission Requirements

  1. Two (2) official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  2. 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) for prior graduate coursework. GPA below these minimums do not automatically disqualify an applicant, but they are used as a factor in the admissions process.
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who can objectively assess the candidate's professional and academic abilities.
  4. Professional resume or curriculum vita.
  5. Students should provide a statement of purpose, no more than 1,000 words, detailing their reasons and motivations for pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. The statement should discuss career ambitions, as well as personal and professional experiences, that have led to the decision to pursue a doctoral degree from this program.
  6. Submissions of scores from a graduate admissions test are required from all prospective doctoral students. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is recommended, but the program will also accept the Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or another comparable graduate admission test. NOTE: The EDLDR program has not established a minumum cutoff score for these tests.
  7. Applicants to the doctoral program should provide an example of their written work. The writing sample may consist of an example of prior work (e.g., an academic paper previously written by the applicant for recent coursework) or a review (approximately 300 words) of a pertinent article or report published in a recent professional journal, which deals with a contemporary educational issue. Instructions for writing the article review are available from the Program Assistant.
  8. A timed writing sample may be requested of candidates in order to obtain a more complete picture of writing and analytic abilities. This procedure can be done on campus or, in cases where this is not possible, at some other set location.
  9. Students from other countries should be in contact with the University Office of Global Programs. All applicants from non-English speaking countries must present a TOEFL score of 80, with a score of 20 on each section for admission to a degree program. This requirement is waived for students who have previously obtained a degree from a university in the U.S. or other English speaking country. Students may be asked to complete an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee either in person or using available technology. The IELTS Exam is also accepted with a passing score of 6.5 or higher.
  10. Visits, virtual visits, and interviews are available and optional for candidates seeking admission into doctoral programs. Under some circumstances, the Admissions Committee may request that an applicant participate in a visit, virtual visit, or interview. Contact an EDLDR faculty member or staff assistant for details.