Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. We are not currently accepting applications. To request to add your name to our list of prospective applicants to future cohorts, please complete an online Inquiry Form (link: Inquiry Form). The next opportunity to apply will be December 2016 through February 2017 for the Fall 2017 cohort. Due to the cohort nature of the program, we do not offer rolling admission.

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
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (taken within five years of application)

Application Requirements

  • Completed Graduate School Application
      • Non-refundable application fee
      • Official transcripts (all institutions attended)
      • Official GRE General Test scores (taken within five years of application)
  • Completed Learning and Leadership Program Application
      • Statement of Purpose Essay
      • Current resume / CV
      • Three (3) Learning and Leadership recommendations

International students, please visit the International Student Services website for details regarding the application process and eligibility requirements.

If you have questions regarding minimum admission requirements, please contact Graduate School Program Liaison, Mr. Mark Fairchild, at If you have questions regarding program delivery, please contact the LEAD Program Office at

Admission Process

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 May. New cohort members will participate in Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (online) during the June - July time frame in preparation for the required face-to-face activities in Chattanooga, TN, in August. Specific Induction information will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance. 

Sample Admission Timeline

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

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

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

May: Applicants are notified of admission status and specific Induction information is announced to accepted participants

June - July: Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (including discussion forums and assigned readings)

August: Enrollment in Fall core coursework (6 graduate credit hours) & required multi-day face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN