College of Education

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline

February 1 (for fall admission)

September 1 (for spring admission)

The priority deadline is the date by which complete applications with all required documents must be submitted to receive priority review for merit-based graduate awards and for admission to space constrained graduate programs. While the online application, payment of application fee, and uploading of all documents is required, applicants for readmission are required to submit Campus Safety Questions.

The re-enrollment application and application fee must be received no later than August 5th for fall admission, January 5th for spring admission, and May 5th for summer admission.

The following are required for admission for the M.S. in Adult Education program:

Note: The M.S. in Adult Education offers fall and spring admission only.

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a Regionally Accredited College or University
  • 2.80 or higher Grade Point Average from the undergraduate degree-granting institution 
  • Personal Statement of Interest
  • Scholarly Work (if applicable)
  • Completed Graduate School Application
  • Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Letters of Reference and/or Reference Forms


The following are required for admission for the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program:

  1. A master’s degree with a GPA of 3.5 from a college or university recognized by a regional or general accrediting agency.
  2. Interest in conducting research in leadership studies.
  3. Additionally, applicants must have at least 5-plus years' experience in a leadership, supervisory or administrative management capacity in their respective fields or organization (see the leadership profile document).
  4. A completed Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as applicable to the discipline area of the student. (Applicant scores must be within the last 5 years).
  5. An applicant with their highest degree from a non-English-speaking country is required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and obtain a score of 600 or higher on the written examination or 250 or higher on the computer examination.
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your likelihood of success in the doctoral program; at least one must be from a former professor or a supervisor (preferably someone who has supervised your work or academic performance, and a peer that is familiar with your intellectual abilities, leadership qualities, and organizational performance).
  7. Writing sample (two page and double spaced) “Statement of Purpose” explaining the reason for pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Leadership Studies and the professional work experience or research interest in leadership studies.
  8. Selected applicants are invited for individual interview by the Admissions Committee as part of the admission requirements, prior to the recommendation for acceptance into the program.

Program Coordinators' Contact Information

Master of Science in Adult Education
Dr. Geleana D. Alston

Master of School Administration
Dr. Geleana D. Alston

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies
Dr. Sydney Richardson