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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who might be interested in the program?
A: Anyone interested in the learning and leadership process. This might include professionals from business, the private sector (health services, nonprofit agencies, social services), education, higher education, etc.

Q: How many participants will be accepted into the program?
A: Each incoming doctoral cohort will not exceed 25 participants.

Q: What are the qualifications for entrance into the program?
A: Minimum qualifications include:

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all prior graduate work

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

Q: What materials are required to apply?
A: Application requires the following materials:

  • Completed Graduate School Application & non-refundable application fee

  • Learning and Leadership Information Form

  • Current resume or CV

  • Statement of Purpose Essay

  • Official transcripts (all institutions attended)

  • Three letters of reference

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

Q: What criteria will be used to make admission decisions?
A: We consider a number of items holistically in our admissions process:

  • Professional and academic performance (GPA, GRE scores, reference letters, resume/cv)

  • Statement of Purpose Essay

  • Personal interview*

*Applicants who reach the second phase of the application process will be invited to a video conference interview.

Q: Is a minimum score required for the GRE?
A: A minimum GRE score is not required; however, the following scores roughly represent averaged minimums for entrance into the program:

Scoring for Test taken prior to 8/1/11:

  • Verbal: 500

  • Quantitative: 500

  • Analytical Writing: 4.0

Scoring for Test taken after 8/1/11:

  • Verbal: 152

  • Quantitative: 144

  • Analytical Writing: 4.0

Q: May I substitute other test scores for the GRE requirement?
A: No, other test scores may not be substituted for the GRE requirement.

Q: What if it has been more than five years since I last took the GRE?
A: You will need to re-take the GRE at your local testing center. ETS considers scores reportable for only five years. For details on the GRE, click here.

Q: Are transfer credits permitted?
A: A maximum of fifteen (15) hours may be considered for transfer from a regionally accredited institution. Transfer credits will be limited to 15 credits toward the elective requirement. Details are provided in the Graduate Catalog. All transfer credits must be approved by the Program Advisor, Program Director, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Q: What are the requirements for graduation?
A: Graduation requirements include:

  • Successful completion of 27 credit hours of required core coursework

  • Successful completion of 24 credit hours of elective coursework

  • Successful completion of 3 credit hours of Pre-Dissertation Seminar

  • Passage of the Comprehensive Assessment

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation research and successful public defense of the Dissertation

  • Cumulative doctoral grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Q: Once in the program, how will each participant be advised?
A: The Program Advisor will provide guidance through the core coursework sequence and in selecting and approving electives. Upon successful completion of the core program, electives, Pre-Dissertation, and the Comprehensive Assessment, the participant will transition to candidacy and will work with a Dissertation Committee.

Q: How long does it typically take to earn the degree?
A: Generally, a time frame of 4 to 6 years is anticipated. Participants must complete all degree requirements within a 10 year time frame. The "clock starts" with the earliest course applied to the doctoral degree program, including any program approved transfers. To view a visual representation of overall program requirements, click here.

Q: How much coursework will be involved?
A: 27 credit hours of core coursework + 24 credit hours of electives + 3 credit hours Pre-Dissertation Seminar + a minimum of 12 Dissertation credit hours.

Q: Describe the cohort experience.
A: Each cohort begins with a multi-day Induction to the program in Summer. The cohort will complete 5 semesters of study together. This core coursework serves as seminal knowledge for the demonstration of competency in each of the seven program domains.

Q: How will the coursework be delivered?
A: The program delivery model is designed with full-time working professionals in mind. Course work will be offered via hybrid delivery. Delivery formats include face to face seminars on weekends, virtual classroom activities (online), collaborative projects, live interactive video, and/or individual study projects. Doctoral participants will take a prescribed sequence of core courses (27 credits) for five consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Each of the core courses requires face to face meetings each semester (typically four - i.e., two courses = approximately eight face-to-face meetings per semester). These required sessions may be supplemented by small group or advisory sessions.

Q: What are the elective requirements?
A: The participant, with Program Advisor approval, will select and take 24 credit hours of coursework in subject matter appropriate for the participant's chosen field of study. A maximum of 15 transfer credits, if approved, may be applied to the program. All transfer credits and focused electives must be approved by the Program Advisor, Program Director, and Dean of the Graduate School.

Q: Must doctoral candidates complete a Dissertation?
A: Yes, each candidate will be required to register for a minimum of 12 Dissertation credit hours and complete a publicly defended Dissertation. Candidates who do not complete the Dissertation hours within the 12 hour credit hour time frame must take an additional 2 Dissertation credit hours each semester through graduation (per our continuous enrollment policy).

Q: Will graduates of the Learning and Leadership program earn a Ph.D. or Ed.D.?
A: Graduates will earn a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.).