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Application and Admissions Information



Applications are due February 1.  Applications received by January 15 will be considered for the Doctoral Merit Fellowship.  The Online Application system opens August 1 each year to accept applications for the following year.

Ph.D. - School Improvement Application Instructions and Online Application link

Doctoral Research Assistantship Information and Application

Admissions Procedures

Admissions Interview

The Ph.D. admissions committee screens applications using the Ph.D. Admissions Criteria and selects those to be interviewed.  All applicants, including those not selected for an interview, will be notified in writing of their status.  Ph.D. admissions interviews will occur on March 8, 2019 in all day Assessment Center Format.  Please reserve this date.  Applicants selected to participate in the on-campus assessment center will be notified via email by February 15, 2019

General Admission Policies

The requirements set forth on the following pages are the minimum for admission to the Graduate College at the doctoral level. Meeting these requirements does not necessarily ensure acceptance into a doctoral program. Applicants must receive departmental recommendation for admission after the application files are completed in The Graduate College. The Dean of the Graduate College grants final admission approval. The university reserves the right to deny admission to any prospective or former students who have criminal records, including any conviction of a felony, offenses involving moral turpitude, or other offenses of a serious nature.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Students will be admitted once each year into a cohort that begins in the fall semester. Students in a given cohort (including full-time and part-time students) will enroll together in each core course, and both beginning research courses. Students in a given cohort (including full-time and part-time students) who choose the same concentration will also typically enroll together in each course in the major. The cohort concept will not apply to elective, intermediate research, and dissertation courses. Individuals applying to this program should have current or past experience in educational roles, although this experience may encompass a broad range of settings, including schools, colleges and universities, business and industry, government, health and human service agencies, and community-based organizations. 

The Ph.D. - School Improvement Committee will consider the following factors in deciding whether to admit an applicant to the program; strengths in one area may offset shortcomings in another:

  1. Evidence of a completed master's degree from an accredited university in an area related to proposed studies, with a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale for courses applied to the master's degree.   
  2. Demonstration of interest in a career as an educator and potential to contribute to the advancement of education through professional leadership, as indicated by:
    • Review of an essay of approximately 500 words in length describing the applicant’s background and professional goals. This should include the rationale for pursuing a doctoral degree. 
    • An interview process with program faculty.
  3. Review of three reference forms, addressing the applicant’s professional and academic background.