Educational Leadership & Policy (Ph.D.) Program Curriculum & Admission Requirements
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The program’s curriculum reflects the needs and aspirations of each student, and prepares researchers, teachers and educational leaders for a variety of settings. The student will work closely with an advisor to determine a plan of study. The curriculum requirements outlined below are the minimum required for the degree. To be adequately prepared for an intended career, the student’s advisor may encourage additional coursework or opportunities which may include presenting and/or publishing scholarly papers.
Please note, this is a potential plan of study. Please consult with your faculty advisor before enrolling.
Applicants must have a master’s degree or equivalent with at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. International applicants are strongly encourage to complete the application process well in advance of the application deadlines, in order to ensure adequate time for processing of visa related paperwork. Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants are strongly advised to contact one (or more) of the faculty members in the department prior to applying for the doctoral program.
Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy
Applicants are required to submit the following materials and meet the following requirements before the application deadline:
Complete through the KU Office of Graduate Admissions
One official copy of academic transcripts from each college or university attended
English translation of transcripts
Official transcripts from an international university must include an English translation
GRE exam scores (optional)
Official copy of scores no older than five years
CV or Resume
Please include at a minimum
• Post-high school education.
• Relevant professional and/or scholarly experience.
• Research experience and other pertinent experience.
• Honors, other recognitions received.
• Conference presentations, publications, reports.
Please submit a succinct statement of purpose, no more than five pages in length. Click the link above for details.
These can include professional works (not necessarily academic papers), formal reports, and other pertinent work. The writing sample(s) should demonstrate your ability to think critically and/or analytically about an issue or a task. We are looking for documents of substantive quality and length, tough there is no official minimum or maximum page limit.
Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendations from three individuals who can speak directly to the applicant’s academic skills and potential for rigorous, independent doctoral level work. Preferably the letters will be from current or former professors but can also include a letter from an immediate supervisor.
Phone or Video Conference Interview
After initial screening, ELPS faculty may invite you for an interview to address remaining questions about your objectives and fit for the program. The interview may also involve an interactive evaluation of your scholarly skills and potential.
Non-native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency
$65 for U.S. residents, $85 for international applicants.
Jennifer C. Ng
Gene T. Parker III
Susan B. Twombly
Lisa Ellen Wolf-Wendel