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Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. We are not currently accepting applications. Due to the cohort nature of the program, we do not offer rolling admission. Applications are accepted during a prescribed time frame, typically November through February for each upcoming Fall cohort

To request to add your name to our list of prospective applicants to future cohorts, please email the Program Office with your contact information (email address, mailing address, and phone numbers).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all prior graduate work

  • Minimum of two years of professional experience, preferably in a leadership role

Application Requirements

  • Graduate School Application & non-refundable application fee

  • Learning and Leadership Information Form/Statement of Purpose Essay

  • Current resume or CV

  • Official transcripts (all institutions attended)

  • Three letters of reference

  • Official GRE scores (taken within five years of application)

Admission Process

Application materials are processed by the UTC Graduate School and forwarded to the academic department for review by the Admission Committee. Following the review of complete applications, the Admission Committee will invite a select number of applicants to participate in a video conference interview. Applicants will be notified of admission status in early May and will begin Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom in preparation for the required face-to-face multi-day activities in Chattanooga, TN, during the Summer prior to the start of core coursework. The Induction dates will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance.  

Admission Timeline

November -- February: Applications are processed by the UTC Graduate School

February / March: Complete applications are routed to the academic department for review by the Admission Committee

March / April: Admission Committee issues invitations for interviews

April: Interviews are conducted via video conference and final admission recommendations are made

May: Applicants are notified of admission status

May / June: Induction activities begin in the Virtual Classroom and pre-readings are assigned

July: Required multi-day face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN, and enrollment in core coursework

August: Core coursework begins (6 graduate credit hours)