Admissions Requirements

The Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership Ph.D. Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a master's degree granted by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have earned a grade point average of a B+ or above on all graduate work attempted.
  • Provide a minimum of three letters of recommendation from persons who know the prospective student in a personal, and/or academic, and/or professional capacity.
  • Submit an official transcript from each school at which any undergraduate or graduate work has been done.
  • Provide scores received on the Graduate Record Examinations General Tests.
  • Submit a detailed narrative highlighting the applicant's personal and professional contributions to leadership in education. The admissions committee may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview and to present evidence of his or her ability to write acceptable prose under controlled conditions.

Note: It must not be assumed that meeting minimal standards guarantees admission to the program.

GRE Information:

We do not have minimum performance expectations on the GRE nor do we use GRE scores in isolation from other components of your application given that the research on its use for admissions decisions emphasizes the benefits of the GRE in combination with other application elements. However, stronger scores are always more advantageous than weaker scores. Thus, we advise that students take the time to adequately prepare for the exam, including purchasing a test prep guide, and/or consider taking a test prep course. Guide materials can be obtained from most bookstores.

The GRE can be scheduled and taken at any Sylvan or Prometric Learning Center and your unofficial scores will be available to you immediately after the exam given that the test is taken on computer. Please email your unofficial scores to the EDLR Office immediately after taking the exam to: since your official scores will generally not be received by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for approximately 3 weeks.