College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Educational Leadership (PhD) > Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the Educational Leadership doctoral program, students must hold a master's degree from an accredited institution and have a previous GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. In addition, students should have experience in an educational role and demonstration of leadership or leadership potential.
A complete application to the PhD program will include the following materials:
Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with PhD program faculty as part of the application process. Interviews are held either at the Lincoln Park campus or by phone, depending on an applicant's availability. The Office of Graduate Admission contacts applicants to schedule the interview if one will be required.
Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.
Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.
The PhD program admits new students every quarter: fall, winter, spring and summer. It offers rolling admission, but regular deadlines are set for each term to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.
*The PhD program admits students all year on a rolling basis; however, most students admitted for the summer term will begin classes the following fall quarter.
Applicants typically receive an admission decision 4-6 weeks after submitting a complete application.
Learn more about the Educational Leadership PhD program and meet with program faculty at an upcoming
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