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 click here. Applications are typically accepted mid-November through February for each upcoming Fall 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
  • Application Self-Service Center (link: Self-Service Portal)
      • 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

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 early May. New cohort members will participate in Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (online) during the May - July time frame in preparation for the required face-to-face activities August 19 - 20, 2016, in Chattanooga, TN. Specific Induction information will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance. 

Admission Timeline

Mid-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

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

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

May - July: Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom and pre-readings are assigned

Early August: Enrollment in Fall core coursework (6 graduate credit hours)

August 19 - 20: Required multi-day face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN