The decision to admit an applicant to doctoral work constitutes a significant commitment from the faculty of the department in the form of advising, teaching, chairing or serving on the student’s committee, preparing and evaluating examinations, and guiding the successful completion of the dissertation.

The applicant should note that the decision to admit students to the doctoral program is a collective judgment of the program faculty and represents their determination of the likelihood of the candidate to succeed in all major phases of the degree program. These judgments take into account the applicant’s professional experiences, communication and thinking skills, and other relevant capabilities and dispositions. Thus, an applicant is not automatically admitted on the basis of meeting only the minimum criteria:

    • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related field
      • Applicants for Public School Administration must have an earned principal’s certification.
    • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (UGPA) of 2.75
    • Graduate Grade Point Average (GGPA) of 3.25
      • Applicants with GPAs below these preferred minimums may be considered if they meet the minimum test score


ExamSubtestScore Required
GREVerbal60th Percentile
Quantitative60th Percentile
MATN/A60th Percentile

 The GRE sections, Verbal and Quantitative, will be considered separately – the minimum percentile must be reached on both sections.