Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2018 cohort. The application deadline is February 28, 2018. Due to the cohort nature of the program, we do not offer rolling admission.

To apply to the Fall 2018 cohort, please follow the instructions below. To request to add your name to our list of prospective applicants to future cohorts (Fall 2019, Fall 2020, etc.), 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

  1. Application Instructions (link: Application Instructions) - please thoroughly review these instructions prior to starting the application process
  2. Completed Graduate School Application (link: Graduate School Application Fall 2018)
    • Non-refundable application fee (first time UTC Graduate students only)
    • Official transcripts (all institutions attended, even if a degree was not awarded)
    • Official GRE General Test scores (taken within five years of application)
  3. Completed Learning and Leadership Program Application (link: Program Application Fall 2018)
    • Statement of Purpose Essay
    • Current resume/CV
    • Three (3) Learning and Leadership recommendations
  4. 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 UTC Office of International Student & Scholar Services website for details regarding the application process and eligibility requirements. Select the Staff List link to access contact information.

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 Program Office will contact select applicants via email to schedule a video conference interview. Applicants will be notified of admission status via email. New cohort members will participate in required Induction activities in the Virtual Classroom (online) during the Summer in preparation for face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN. The required face-to-face Induction activities are typically scheduled for two days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. Specific Induction information will be announced by the Program Office upon acceptance. 

Admission Timeline - Fall 2018 Cohort

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

February 28: Application deadline (Fall 2018 cohort)

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

April: Video conference interviews are scheduled and the admission evaluation process continues

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) & enrollment in Fall core coursework (6 graduate credit hours)

August: Required face-to-face Induction activities in Chattanooga, TN (typically scheduled for two days from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET daily)