Admissions Requirements

The Educational Administration: School Administration Ph.D. Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. 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 bachelor's, master's, and educational specialist degree from an accredited college or university
  • Hold or be eligible for the standard license for either elementary school administration and supervision or secondary school administration and supervision
  • Have graduate work and experience commensurate with the student's objectives as evaluated by faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or above
  • Have a graduate grade point average of 3.25 or above with no deficiencies

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 the 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 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 unofficial scores will be available to the student immediately after the exam given that the test is taken on computer. Please email unofficial scores to the EDLR Office ( immediately after taking the exam since official scores will generally not be received by the College of Graduate and Professional Studies for approximately three weeks.