Program Overview: The doctoral program in educational administration combines conceptual and field-based study at an advanced level, preparing individuals for intellectual and practical leadership positions in national, state, and local schooling, research, and policy arenas. Placing special emphases on the rural context, the program strengthens students’ use of both formal and informal methods of inquiry as the basis for confronting issues of educational policy and practice, and undertaking initiatives to benefit rural schools and their communities.
Admissions Policy: Applicants for admission must submit the following: An application form. The online application is encouraged. Application is for the Educational Studies Department. The code is ED6272.
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following:
Academic Potential–Evidence of potential for academic work at the doctoral level includes:
- Master’s GPA of 3.6,
- Commentary from former professors, who provide letters of recommendation,
- GRE composite verbal/quantitative score of 1050 (recommended), and
- For international applicants, who are non-native speakers of English, a TOEFL score of 550. Writing Ability–Evidence of writing ability sufficient to handle the requirements of doctoral course work is judged through an analysis of the autobiography submitted by the applicant.
Oral Communication–Competence in oral communication is evaluated through an interview conducted by at least two faculty members in the Educational Administration Program.
Commitment–Evidence of commitment to advanced graduate study is obtained in two ways: From the letters of recommendation submitted by employers, supervisors, and former professors and from the applicant’s answers to questions posed in the interview.
Change Policy: Not Applicable.
Transfer Policy: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Opportunities: Program graduates typically assume higher education faculty/educational policy research positions or continue with leadership positions in K-12 settings.