Admission Criteria

Admission criteria for the Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership, as established by the program faculty, are as follows:

Required elements: (In order for an applicant to be considered, complete information about the criteria below must be submitted by the admissions deadline.)

  1. Baccalaureate degree conferred by an accredited institution;
  2. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75, or higher, on a four-point scale on all completed undergraduate coursework;
  3. Master’s degree, prior to entering doctoral coursework, conferred by an accredited institution (Master’s degree must include a graduate research methods and graduate statistics course. If not taken, must be completed prior to enrolling in doctoral level research and statistics courses.);
  4. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2, or higher, on a four-point scale on all completed graduate coursework;
  5. Original transcripts, submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies, for all academic work taken at the undergraduate and graduate levels (unofficial copies may be used by the Doctoral Committee in initial screening);
  6. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report, submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies (an unofficial copy may be used by the Doctoral Committee in initial screening);
  7. Three letters of recommendation from persons sufficiently acquainted with the applicant’s ability and his or her potential to successfully complete a doctoral program;
  8. Original written essay demonstrating strong writing skills that includes the following:   autobiography, professional aspirations and achievements, and how obtaining the PhD in Educational Leadership will enhance the applicant’s ability to affect change in the educational arena; and
  9. If a foreign student, submission of official results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).   A score of 600 or higher is required.

Preferences:

  1. Teacher certification and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience in K-12 settings;
  2. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, or higher, on a four-point scale on all completed undergraduate coursework;
  3. Master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Administration or a related field;
  4. Administrative certification and a minimum of 2 years administrative experience in K-12 settings;
  5. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5, or higher, on a four-point scale in all completed graduate coursework;
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative scores in the higher percentiles;
  7. Demonstrated evidence of scholarly activity that includes:   publications, presentations at conferences and grantsmanship ;

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