Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2017 cohort. The Fall 2017 application deadline is February 28, 2017. Applications are typically accepted December through February for the upcoming Fall cohort. Due to the cohort nature of the program, we do not offer rolling admission. Application instructions and forms are provided below. Please carefully review the application instructions prior to starting the application process.

To request to add your name to our list of prospective applicants to future cohorts, please complete an online Inquiry Form (link: Inquiry Form).

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

  • Application Instructions (link: Application Instructions)
  • Completed Graduate School Application (link: 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 (link: Program Application)
      • Statement of Purpose Essay
      • Current resume / CV
      • Three (3) Learning and Leadership recommendations
  • Application Self Service Center (link: Application Self Service Center)
      • Sign in to continue working on a saved application or to check submission status of application materials

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 To report technical issues, please contact 

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 in April 2017. Applicants will be notified of admission status in May 2017. New cohort members will participate in required Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (online) during the Summer in preparation for the face-to-face activities August 18 & 19, 2017, in Chattanooga, TN. Specific Induction information will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance. 

Admission Timeline

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

February 28: Application deadline (Fall 2017 cohort)

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

Summer: Required Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (including discussion forums and assigned readings)

August 18 & 19: Enrollment in Fall core coursework (6 graduate credit hours) & required multi-day face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN