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Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Doctor of Philosophy

The program offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis with emphasis areas in Educational Administration, Educational Policy Studies, and Higher Education.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 15
Spring deadline: September 15

  • Competitive GRE score
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recommendations, evidence of successful professional experiences and samples of scholarly writing.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the ELPA Program

  • Official GRE scores
  • 3 recommendations, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Samples of scholarly writing
  • Assistantship application, if interested